May 2, 2017

Hawai`i Legislature Contemplates Return of PLDC

Coconut Island in Hilo BaySeveral years ago the legislature created the Public Lands Development Corporation (PLDC). The legislation gave the PLDC the authority to enter into public/private partnerships to develop state land without regard to any regulations even county zoning and building codes.  There was such a backlash the legislature repealed the PLDC law. Now the Legislature appears to some to be bringing back the PLDC concept using a different vehicle. Next week the Senate and the House will vote on the conference draft, HB1469 HD1 SD2 CD1.

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May 2, 2017

Protect reef wildlife


Protect our reef

Aloha Reef Wildlife friends.

Our bill to protect reef wildlife needs Governor Igeʻs signature

We have come so far. The final language for SB1240 can be seen here.

The great news is the State House and Senate will vote, perhaps tomorrow, on the final bill. Your efforts to reach out to your legislators really made a difference to protect reef wildlife and the reefs themselves. Please try today to thank your legislator and make sure they vote to support SB1240. While the final version is weaker than the House version, it reflects a compromise that will phase out the commercial aquarium industry, which captures and takes 1-5 million animals every year.

One thing, in particular, you can do is contact Governor Ige to make sure he is on board. The state agency in charge of protecting reef wildlife has not been able to protect Hawaii resources for decades; commercial aquarium collection interests have been promoted at the expense of reef wildlife, reef health, and the public interests. This bill can change that.

Please ask Governor to sign SB1240 as soon as possible.

You can also ask him to schedule a bill signing ceremony to showcase the State’s commitment to protecting wildlife, coral reefs and marine resources. Go to the general website (, send a written message by going to and call 586-0034.

We are very close. MAHALO!


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February 6, 2017

State Legislation -2017

Good Bills 2017
is a busy day for hearings on bills to:
protect human health, bees, butterflies – HB 1282, HB 253, HB 1571, HB 790
have the right to clean drinking water – HB 1582
protect our islands’ shorelines – HB 437
Submit testimony online for one or more bills:

If this is your first time submitting testimony, you need to register.  Use this link and click Register in the top right hand corner of the page:

In the middle of the next page there will be blanks to type your name, email address, verify email address, type in a password, click box to agree to the terms of a privacy agreement, and click box to “create user.”
Hearing Tuesday 2/7:
The purpose of HB 1282 is to:
  • Protect pollinators, including honeybees, native honeycreeper birds, Hawaiian yellow-faced bees, and the Kamehameha butterfly.
  • Help prevent the loss of biodiversity including the loss of the milkweed plant, a key food source for the monarch butterfly.
  • Grant each county the authority to adopt a rule or ordinance placing stricter limitations on the use of neonicotinoid insecticides or glyphosate herbicides than found in HRS 149A (Hawaii Pesticides Law)
  • Prohibit the use of neonicotinoid insecticides or glyphosate herbicide weed killers, without a state or federally issued license or State permit.
  • Bees that feed on neonicotinoid-contaminated pollen and nectar forage less and produce fewer offspring, according to new scientific studies.
  • In 2013 the European Union voted to suspend the use of neonicotinoids.
  • In 2015 the EPA put a moratorium on approvals for new outdoor uses of neonicotinoids
  • Since 2016 the US Fish and Wildlife Service has prohibited uses of neonicotinoid pesticides
  • Neonicotinoids are a new class of insecticides chemically related to nicotine.  Like nicotine, the neonicotinoids act on certain kinds of receptors in the nerve synapses and are much more toxic to invertebrates, like insects, than they are to mammals.
The purpose of HB 253 is to ban the use of pesticides containing the active ingredient chlorpyrifos
  • In 2014 the EPA issued a revised human health risk assessment showing potential risks to drinking water and human health where chlorpyrifos is used
  • According to the EPA chlorpyrifos can over-stimulate the nervous system, causing nausea, dizziness and at very high exposures, respiratory paralysis or death.
  • Scientific studies show that children or pregnant women exposed to chlorpyrifos in small amounts my cause development delays, permanently reduced cognitive capacity and learning disabilities.
  • Chlorpyrifos, introduced in 1965 by Dow Chemical Company, is used to control many different kinds of pests and is known by many trade names including Dursban and Lorsban.
The purpose of HB 1571 is to protect the State’s children from unintended impacts of large-scale agricultural pesticide use by:
  • Making the reporting guidelines of the Kauai agricultural good neighbor program mandatory for large-scale, outdoor commercial agricultural operations on each island.
  • Establishing disclosure and public notification requirements for outdoor applications of pesticides near schools, healthcare, childcare, eldercare facilities and other sensitive areas
  • Establishing a pilot program of vegetative buffer zones around selected schools on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hawaii and Molokai.
  • Children can unknowingly be exposed to pesticides applied on school ground, pesticides that drift onto school grounds and pesticide residues.
  • Currently, the State does not have an adequate regulatory structure in place to monitor the impacts on human health of pesticide drift
  • The State lacks sufficient data on pesticide use and human and environmental exposure.
  • The direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts on the environment and human health related to long-term intensive commercial use of pesticides has not been properly or independently evaluated
Hearing Tuesday 2/7:  
The purpose of HB 790 is to protect children, human health, and the environment by adding a new section to HRS 149A.  To be added in HRS 149A-B Pesticide Mandatory Disclosure are:
  • Mandatory disclosure and notification of outdoor pesticide use on affected school grounds; notify parents; keep records of and report pesticide outdoor use.
  • Mandatory disclosure of any commercial agricultural pesticide purchases; use of all pesticides. Requires public posting of pesticide outdoor application; public warning signs; 24-hour resident notification.
  • Public warning signs shall remain posted during outdoor application of any pesticide and until expiration of the applicable restricted-entry interval established by EPA.
  • Requires rules for listing pesticides used outdoor; total quantities used for each pesticide; description of area where pesticide was used
  • Grants Dept. of Health authority to levy fines for each day of violation and grants citizens right to bring a lawsuit.
  • Allows counties to regulate pesticide notification, pesticide use and establishment of buffer zones
Hearing Tuesday 2/7:   COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
The purpose of this proposed amendment to Article 1, section 2 Rights of Individuals of the State Constitution is:
  • To allow the people of Hawaii an opportunity to affirm the importance of access to basic necessities for themselves and future generations
  • Provide guidance to elected leaders to boldly address these growing challenges
  • Ensure the individual rights of all people to clean drinking water, meaningful healthcare, and a quality education
  • The question on the ballot will be: “Shall the state constitution be amended to ensure that access to clean water, meaningful health care, and a quality education are among the inherent and inalienable rights of individuals?”
Hearing Tuesday 2/7:
HB 437 helps protect our state’s coastlines.
(d)  No variance for the construction of a seawall in the shoreline area shall be approved unless the applicant demonstrates that the seawall is necessary to protect an existing legal object, structure, or activity from damage due to seawater inundation or shoreline erosion and the object or structure cannot reasonably be protected by relocating it outside of the shoreline area.
To determine whether a variance for a seawall may be approved, the authority shall consider:
(1) The feasibility and cost of relocating the relevant structures, objects, or activities outside of the shoreline area;
(2) The likelihood that damage will occur if the seawall is not constructed and the likely severity of that damage; and
(3) The availability of alternate means to protect the relevant objects, structures, or activities.
Recommend that:
  • numbers (1) and (2) be deleted from this bill because it will always be too expensive to move a house or hotel near the shoreline
  • number (3) be kept to ensure that alternatives to seawalls, which alter and harden the shoreline and cause sand erosion from beaches, are evaluated before granting a variance for a seawall

Submitted by Hawaii Thousand Friends


January 5, 2017

Hawaii 2017 State Legislative Calendar

The 2017 Legislative Session is just around the corner (Opening Day is January 18th), and the calendar of deadlines has now been published. Attached is Public Access Room’s (PAR’s) 2017 Session Calendar in an easy-to-read format, with explanations of the deadlines appearing on the second page.

This and other helpful handouts are posted on PAR’s website ( – just go to the Information Sheets page.

As always, if you have any questions, or need assistance, please let us know!


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If you need the attachment in a different format, please let us know and we’ll be happy to accommodate you. Mahalo!


Public Access Room (PAR)

A Division of the Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB)

State Capitol, Room 401

415 S. Beretania St.

Honolulu, HI  96813


Phone:  808/587-0478*

TTY:  808/587-0749





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Oahu……….. 587-0478i

November 30, 2016

Dangerous Herbicide Drift endangers Hawaii Residents

Governor David Ige: Take action now to protect the people!

I signed a petition on Action Network telling Hawai‘i Governor David Ige to Demand the State of Hawai`i act now to protect the people!.

The world’s largest chemical corporations are using the Hawaiian Islands for open air testing of pesticides tied to experimental genetically engineered seeds.

In the last three years, thousands of Hawai`i residents marched, testified, and went door-to-door to pass laws in the counties of Kaua`i, Maui and Hawai`i to protect our communities from harmful pesticides.  And we won, despite millions of dollars of industry opposition. But the chemical companies sued our counties to block enforcement, and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that only the State of Hawai`i, and not the counties, has the power and responsibility to protect Hawaii’s people and environment from pesticides.

The message from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is clear: The power and responsibility to protect Hawaii’s people and our environment from pesticides is in Governor Ige’s hands.

In May 2016, a report funded by the State called for the following actions to protect the health of Hawaii’s people and land:

  • Create and enforce statewide pesticide Buffer Zones Statewide mandatory and thorough disclosure of pesticide use (both restricted use and general use)
  • Collect more accurate health data that helps scientists identify links between pesticides and health impacts on children, babies and families Air, soil and water testing

The State has ignored its own advisors.  The report was written by a panel of experts after a year-long “Joint Fact-Finding” process and yet it has ignored their recommendations.

We  demand immediate action by the Governor to implement basic protections recommended by the State’s own State-funded report. Governor Ige could enact every single one of the recommendations, while not affecting jobs. Moreover, the state legislature has already appropriated $500,000 to implement the recommendations of the JFFG report.

Sign the petition today to demand the State step up and meet its responsibility to the people of Hawai`i now!

Join me and take action! Click Here


November 10, 2016

From: Hawaii Conservation Alliance Foundation <>

Subject: Conservation Connections Newsletter November

Date: November 10, 2016 at 10:21:37 AM HST

To: Charles Burrows <>



Hello, November!

Highlights of HCA retreat:

Mahalo to all of our member representatives for attending our annual 2016 HCA Retreat, held on November 3-4th at Kīlauea Military Camp in Volcanoes National Park. We had a very productive discussion regarding some of the current and key critical issues facing conservation today, including biosecurity, rapid ʻōhiʻa death, and biocultural integration. Photo credit: Tina Lee.

New Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death Website

The website now features a new look and feel!

Additional functions have been included such as frequently asked questions, supplemental information, research updates, media, and a calendar of events.

Please take a look at to learn more!

Vote Now for Team Hōkūleʻa!

Attention to Promise to Paeʻ Āina and Worldwide Voyage supporters:

The Celestial Circumnavigators Hōkuleʻa Team has been selected as a nominee for the prestigious 2017 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Award. Please participate in the online voting process by voting daily until December 16th for your “adventurer of choice”.

Please vote at National Geographic and share with your family and friends.


Second Saturdays at Hawea & Keawawa with Hawea Heiau Complex and Keawawa Wetland
Saturday, November 12, 2016
8:30am – 11:30am
Helping hands needed to maintain new native plantings by weeding out invasive species, and work upland by spreading mulch, hand-pulling weeds, and bagging green waste. Keawawa wetland is located mauka on Hawaiʻi Kai Drive close to the Keahole Street intersection. Tools, water and snacks provided. Bring reusable H2O bottle. Limited supply of gloves (bring if you can), plus wear closed shoes, long pants, sun block, and sunglasses.

Heʻeia Estuary Restoration
with Hui o Koʻolaupoko
November 19th
9am – 12pm
This project aims to improve water quality and increase habitat for native aquatic animal species by removing invasive mangrove and replanting native Hawaiian species along a portion of the He’eia Stream Estuary. As of February 2016, removal of mangroves and other invasive plants at this project site is nearly complete. Out-planting of native plants has just begun! RSVP required.

DOFAW Wetland Volunteer Day
Saturday, November 19, 2016
9am – 11:30am
Join us for the Division of Forestry and Wildlife’s (DOFAW) Wetland Volunteer Day from 9a – 11:30am. The site location is at Pouhala marsh. Volunteers will be helping to out-plant native species. Come support some of Hawaii’s most endangered waterbirds and wetland plants! RSVP required.

For more up to date information about volunteer opportunities, visit Conservation Connections


The final Free National Park Entrance Day is set for November 11th, Veterans Day. This is the last fee-free day to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service that was founded in August 25th, 1916.
Concurrently, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park is also celebrating its 100th anniversary as it was a predecessor to the establishment of the National Park Service just few weeks earlier in August 1st, 1916. The three National Parks in Hawaiʻi offering free entrance include Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, Puʻuhonua o Honaunau, and Haleakalā National Park.
The Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Management Fall 2016 Seminar Series Presents:
Bringing Back Koa
Wednesday, November 16th at 3:30pm
St. John Rm. 11, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
Dr. J. B. Friday will present his work on the silviculture of Koa and its role in restoration of native forests. Open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.
November 6, 2016

Thomas Square – What the City Doesn’t want you to know.

The Mayor has a crazy idea to commercialize Thomas Square, which is a public park and a special historic site for the Hawaiian Nation. The City is going through the process of getting public input by Monday, November 7. We encourage you to testify “against” this idea to the address at the bottom of this message. Help us keep Thomas Square a Public Park that we can all use freely. Mahalo Nui Loa for your help. Dave & Sherry.

Thomas Square must remain a public park.




Thomas Square Park fountain to be destroyed

Thomas Square is being transferred from the City’s Department of Parks and Recreation to the Department of Enterprise Services, and is facing major renovation.


Amongst other things, this means:


  • Thomas Square (Hawaiʻiʻs oldest park) will essentially No Longer Be a Public Park.
  • The “Hawaiian Flag” walkway pattern, the fountain, and other major features Will Be Destroyed.
  • There will be a COMMERCIAL focus. The Department of Enterprise Services is a “self-sustaining” department, meaning it is designed to create its own revenue.
  • Goals include making Thomas Square a “World Class Destination” and part of the newly gentrified “Arts District” of Honolulu.
  • The Houseless (including many Kanaka Maoli with roots in the area) will be chased from the area to make it more “presentable”. “Food Not Bombs” (our longstanding five year weekly Potluck and Music Jam for the Houseless) will be kicked out of Thomas Square Park.
  • Thomas Square Will Be Closed for an essentially undetermined length of time while renovation takes place.


Here’s an article by H. Doug Matsuoka that can be helpful for your comment: “What The City Doesn’t Want You To Know About Thomas Square”


Please Comment on the Draft EA:




Written Comments are to be Postmarked by Monday, November 7, 2016
Robert J. Kroning, P.E.
650 South King Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
If you can’t get it together to physically mail your comment you can email it. They may not accept email as official testimony, but if many folks do this, the City will see the amount of public concern, which is a win for us.


Email Comments to:
Cate Cullison at
Robert Kroning at
You must include your name and physical home address in your email.



October 24, 2016

Mililani Trask OHA potential conflict of interest

I support Chris Lee. IMO, He is smart, conscientious and has done good things for his district and the State.

I have always felt Mililani Trask was more interested in her power than in serving the community. Now I feel I have collaboration for what till now was simply a gut feeling. Representative Lee’s letter follows. It is very revealing of what I believe is a pattern of behavior.

From Rep. Chris K C Lee Oct. 20 2016

I wouldn’t be writing today if it wasn’t critically important.

There is a race I’m writing to ask for your consideration for get
involved with. I argue it’s the most important race in Hawaii this
election year. That’s because it’s outcome will determine whether we
will retain our ability to continue pushing on environmental issues, or
if everything will become exponentially harder. Our biggest wins in
recent years – (and many wouldn’t have been possible without groups like the Sierra Club –
from our 100% renewable mandate, to our water issues, to the
Papahanumokuakea expansion), were only possible because of the support of
Native Hawaiian leaders.

OHA doesn’t represent all Native Hawaiian
voices, but they do represent a significant voice from that community.
Without public support from OHA, I can promise you these victories would
not have been possible, or would have been severely watered down.
Politically, that voice supportive of our issues is about to be silenced.

With the credibility of the S C and other environmental groups already
diminished because there’s no longer involvement with elections, I’ve
been cashing in my political capital along with a few others, in order
to keep pushing things forward. But there’s only so much of that to go
around and after this election cycle, there won’t be much political
leverage left. The most painful nail in the coffin will be the loss of
regular support of OHA for our issues. That group’s support alone isn’t
going to pass legislation, but without it, it will certainly stop things
from moving. That’s because opponents look for any reason to kill a
bill, and if there’s a question about where the Native Hawaiian
community falls, it’s one of the easiest ways to stop a bill or
initiative in it’s tracks.

This year Mililani Trask is challenging Bob Lindsey for an OHA seat (on Big Island). She
won the primary election with slightly more votes than Bob ( Bo Kahui got ). If Mililani
wins, as an incredibly loud and outspoken voice on issues, she could
realistically neutralize OHA from taking a position on much of anything.
Bob has been on the right side of most things, but more importantly,
he’s logical, reasonable, smart, and most of all he isn’t in it for

I have to disclose I’ve had Mililani Trask come after me and accuse me
of all sorts of crazy things from being a racist to “anti-renewable
energy” and everything in-between. She has clearly made things up about
people when it is convenient, but worst of all, appears to have a
serious conflict of interest in some issues because she has a personal
financial stake in her agenda.

Here’s Ian Lind’s blog coverage of that:

Rep. Chris Lee drawn into pre-election exchange with Mililani Trask, OHA candidate

Here’s what I wrote laying it all out:

IDG lobbyist Mililani Trask unhappy I chose our community over her employer

This is the single, most important race of the year, because it could
have profound and long-lasting effects on our ability to do anything
significant to protect our environment in Hawaii. It’s late in the
election cycle with just weeks to go. But now is the most critical time
to get involved, and a statement or endorsement means more now than it
ever would before. I’ve spent a LOT of my own political capital and
taken serious personal risks getting involved with this, but it’s that
important and I refuse to stand idly by while our ability to protect the
things we cherish most about this state is flushed away.

I’m asking for your help to reach out to other SC board members and
consider getting involved. Forward this along to the other board members
if it helps. This is the most important election this year and we need
to do something about it. Feel free to call me anytime if you want to
talk, or I’m happy to meet to discuss.

Thanks for your time and consideration,
Chris Lee”

October 20, 2016

Kawainui-Hamakua Complex Draft Master Plan EISPN

Aloha Friends and Supporters of the Kawainui-Hamakua Complex Draft Master Plan,

mtolomanaThis plan incorporates most of the features of the Community Plan developed in the 1950s when developers wanted to turn Kawainui Marsh into another Hawaii Kai. I have worked 30 years to establish a management plan for Kawainui Marsh.  The current Master Plan takes the plan I have worked so long to see implemented and incorporates almost everything proposed in that original plan into the Kawainui-Hamakua Complex Master Plan. This is the plan the Kailua Community envisioned 60 years ago and I support it.

I urge you to reject the misinformation being circulated by those who oppose the Plan and study the Plan for yourself.  Look at what is proposed and what is currently there. Ask your self, “Which do I prefer?” You can view the plan by clicking here.

The latest development in the planning process is the issuance of the EIS Preparation Notice. The opportunity for public comment closes on October 24, 2016—just a few days away. It is critical that we move quickly through this Public Notice process in order that the EIS Draft can commence. It will be at the time of the issue of the EIS Draft that the public will be able to comment on the details of the plan and decide what can be supported and what is not acceptable. For now, we ask that you express your support by e-mailing the letter below (or revise as needed) with your name and contact information: 

I support the Kawainui-Hamakua Marsh Complex Plan in its entirety because of the following invaluable educational, recreational, cultural, and environmental gains:

*The plan would accomplish the restoration of the wetland ponds, thus opening up areas for endangered birds, fish, and estuary organisms.

*The master plan would enhance educational access and quality by providing education facilities, trails, and viewing platforms for hands-on learning experiences.

*The marsh plan recognizes that the Hawaiian presence, along with native Hawaiian cultural/educational centers at the marsh, is the key to its restoration and preservation, the continuation of educational and stewardship programs, and preservation of cultural sites there.

The plan confirms, not denigrates, this wetland and will restore it to some of its ancient pre-eminence. It has survived all the centuries of use, neglect and abuse, but still functions as a living organism, waiting to be restored to fuller utilization. It deserves to be shared, not fenced off, or relegated to secondary status. It deserves the respect and restorative efforts that the Kawainui-Hamakua Marsh Complex Plan provides and sanctions.

Three important things the Master plan fails to address are:

  1. Food sustainability and the potential to grow native foods in and around the marshes and
  2. Establishment of minimum stream flows required to maintain the health of the marsh and its tributary streams as required by HRS § 174C-71 protection of instream uses.
  3. US Army Corps of Engineers and DOFAW need to construct an underground conduit passage for the flow of water from Kawainui into the Hamakua Canal to re-establish water flow and improve the water circulation and health of Ka’elepulu Stream.

We are:

  • Ahahui Malama I ka Lokahi
  • Conservation Council For Hawaii
  • Hui Kailua-Kawainui Ka Wai Ola
  • Kailua Historical Society
  • Pacific American Foundation

Submit your testimony to:
HHF Planners
Ronald A. Sato, AICP, Senior Associate

State of Hawai‘i
Division of Forestry and Wildlife
Department of Land and Natural Resources
Ms. Marigold Zoll, O‘ahu Forestry and Wildlife Manager

Kokua malama a’ina. Know what is happening to conservation efforts in Hawaii. Join us and we will do our best to keep you informed. Better yet, contact us and share your mana’o.

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