May 18, 2016

The hotel next door

David IgeHB1850, promoted by Airbnb and Airbnb’s champions in the legislature, has passed the state house and senate by the narrowest veto-sustaining margin (14-11) and is greased to go into law unless we can convince GOVERNOR IGE to VETO it RIGHT NOW. The result will be an explosion of mini-hotels throughout our residential neighborhood. The cost of rent will skyrocket.

HB1850 will allow companies like Airbnb to rent illegal B&Bs, collect GE tax from those transient rentals and hide the illegal neighborhood busting, transient rental industry behind the vail of a legitimate rental company.

WE MUST STOP HB1850 NOW – BY INSISTING THAT GOVERNOR IGE RESIST THE TEMPTATION TO SURRENDER OUR PUBLIC BEACHES, PUBLIC PARKS, PUBLIC LANDS, RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS, LEGITIMATE HOTEL INDUSTRY, HOTEL INDUSTRY WORKERS AND RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY RIGHTS TO EVEN MORE ILLEGAL VACATION RENTALS IN HOPES THAT HE WILL COLLECT A FEW MORE NICKELS FOR THE STATE TREASURY.

Take these easy steps NOW:

FIRST – Phone GOVERNOR IGE’s office IMMEDIATELY [(808) 586-0034] before his voice mailbox fills up. Ask him to VETO HB1850 and tell him why. Let his office know that you are a voter, a taxpayer, and are upset that HB1850 might become law.

SECOND – Send the governor your online opinion right now. Ask him to VETO HB1850. Click here to send your opinion to Governor Ige.

THIRD – Phone GOVERNOR IGE’s office [(808) 586-0034] again in a few days. Ask him to VETO HB1850 and tell him why.

GOVERNOR IGE has publicly announced that he SUPPORTS HB1850. We must change his mind.

House Finance Committee Hearing on HB 2037

There is a hearing on Tuesday, March 1, at 3:00 p.m. in Conf. Room 308 before the House Finance Committee on HB 2037, appropriating an as yet unspecified amount of funds to DLNR to host the World Conservation Congress in Sept. 2016.  Please send in testimony in support making clear that any appropriation should ADD to DLNR’s existing budget not take away from programs.  Talking points include:

 

  • Please do NOT take away from DLNR’s regular program spending
  • The World Conservation Congress is the oldest and largest international conservation conference in the world. It is held every four years and this is the first time it has been held in the United States.  The Congress includes cutting edge research and debate over global conservation policy issues important to Hawaiʻi.  World conservation leaders from government, non-governmental organizations, and private business attend.  It is an extremely significant event for Hawaiʻi.
  • The World Conservation Congress, like APEC, will establish Hawaiʻi as a place where the world can do business.  The benefits to Hawaiʻi include:
    • Estimated $65M in economic benefits based on 8,000+ delegates, support and workforce participants, and media
    • Significant media exposure
    • Supports state goals regarding ecotourism, conservation leadership, and positioning Hawaii as a destination for high-level and global meetings
    • Positions Hawai‘i on international platform for world conservation issues to showcase Hawai‘i’s knowledge and experience regarding natural and cultural resource management and sustainability
    • Opportunity to gather input from global conservation community to address Hawai‘i’s challenges
    • Conservation education efforts, including leadership development at the East-West Center, conservation leadership certification at the University of Hawai‘i, K-14 Youth Leadership Initiatives
    • Opportunities for participation in the World Conservation Forum,  access to IUCN’s scientific credibility, extensive networking and exposure to high-level political, economic, and social decision making regarding conservation

The hearing notice can be viewed at:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/hearingnotices/HEARING_FIN_03-01-16_4_.HTM

The bill (HB2037) can be viewed at:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/Bills/HB2037_HD1_.pdf

February 20, 2016

Native Hybiscus

Talk Story Sessions Set for Rodent and Mongoose Control and Eradication Methods to Protect Native Habitats

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) will hold a series of talk story sessions about methods to control and eradicate invasive rodents and mongooses to protect native species in Hawai‘i. The agencies are co-leads in developing a draft programmatic environmental impact statement, which will analyze the impacts of and alternatives to controlling these invasive animals for the protection of native wildlife, plants, and habitats that support them.

“Introduced rodents and mongooses in Hawaii pose a significant threat to many of Hawai‘i’s native plants and animals,” said Suzanne Case, Chairperson of the Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources. “It is important that we have a discussion with a wide variety of interested people so we can comprehensively address the damage these rodents and mongoose have on Hawai‘i’s ecology, culture, and way of life.”

“We really want to hear what communities would like us to consider in this analysis, including what methods should be considered and what are some alternatives,” said Mary Abrams, Field Supervisor for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “Methods to control rodents and mongooses in urban and agricultural areas currently exist, but those tools and methods aren’t always effective or available for use in conservation areas. This process will look at rodent and mongoose control efforts worldwide, and document the most appropriate ones that could be used in Hawai‘i.”

The talk story sessions will be held on the following dates and islands:

Oahu from 6:30 to 8 pm:

February 25 (Thursday) at the McKinley High School cafeteria at 1039 S King Street, Honolulu, HI 96814
March 17 (Thursday) at Hale Ponoi at 91-5420 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei, HI 96707

Moloka‘i from 5:30 to7:30 pm:

March 1 (Tuesday) at the Mitchell Pauole Center at 90 Ainoa Street, Kaunakakai, HI 96748

Lana‘i from 5:30 to 7:30 pm:

March 3 (Thursday) at Lana‘i Public Library at 555 Fraser Ave, Lana‘i City, HI 96763

Kaua‘i from 6 to 8 pm:

March 7 (Monday) at the Waimea Neighborhood Center at 4556 Makeke Road, Waimea, HI 96796
March 8 (Tuesday) at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Cafeteria at 4431 Nuhou Street, Lihu‘e, HI 96766

Maui from 6 to 8 pm:

March 10 (Thursday) at Lahaina Civic Center at 1840 Honoapiilani Hwy, Lahaina, HI 96761
March 11 (Friday) at Kahului Community Center at

In addition to these talk story sessions, the public is invited to submit written comments through April 7, 2016. Comments may be made to either agency for joint consideration in the following ways:

Electronically: http://www.regulations.gov <http://www.regulations.gov> . Follow the instructions for submitting comments on Docket No. FWS–R1–ES–2015–0026.
U.S. Mail: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS–R1–ES–2015–0026; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; MS: BPHC; 5275 Leesburg Pike; Falls Church, VA 22041–3803.
Website: http://www.removeratsrestorehawaii.org click on “Get Involved” and enter a comment.

For More Information:

Christine Ogura, 808-282-9442 <christine_ogura@fws.gov>
Dan Dennison, 808-587-0407

Once the comment period closes, both agencies will review the comments received and begin development of the document. For the Service, comments previously submitted during the first comment period do not need to be resubmitted. The draft programmatic environmental impact statement will be published in both the Federal Register and the Environmental Notice and provide another public comment period for review. For more information: http://www.fws.gov/pacificislands/nativerestoration/ <http://www.fws.gov/pacificislands/nativerestoration/> or http://www.removeratsrestorehawaii.org <http://www.removeratsrestorehawaii.org/> .

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information, visit www.fws.gov/pacific <http://www.fws.gov/pacific> , or connect with us through any of these social media channels at facebook.com/USFWSPacific, flickr.com/photos/usfwspacific/, tumblr.com/blog/usfwspacific or twitter.com/USFWSPacific.

The mission of the Hawai‘i Dept. of Land and Natural Resources is to “Enhance, protect, conserve and manage Hawai‘i’s unique and limited natural, cultural and historic resources held in public trust for current and future generations of the people of Hawai‘i nei, and its visitors, in partnership with others from the public and private sectors.” For more information, visit www.dlnr.hawaii.gov <http://www.dlnr.hawaii.gov> or at facebook.com/hawaiiDLNR

 

 

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