Take Action: No More Rubber Stamp for A&B to Take East Maui Streams Water

Take Action by Wednesday, November 8th, 2017!

Once again, A&B is trying to get a one-year permit to continue diverting water from East Maui streams, with no oversight and no analysis of how these diversions continue to hurt East Maui’s residents and environment.

Click here to submit your testimony against any rubber-stamping of these permits. [link deactivated because action finished]

The Board of Land and Natural Resources is meeting Thursday morning on O’ahu – so submit your testimony by Wednesday!

If you’re on O’ahu, you can testify in person at the BLNR meeting: Thursday, Nov. 9th at 9 am, 1151 Punchbowl, Room #132

Background
In December 2016, the BLNR once again granted Alexander & Baldwin (A&B) and East Maui Irrigation (EMI) four revocable permits to continue diverting East Maui streams, with stipulations that included: capping the amount of water A&B will be allowed to extract from the East Maui ecosystem at 80 million gallons per day (down from the previous 160 million gallons per day), enforcing the July 2016 mandate that A&B fully restore stream flow in seven East Maui streams vital for taro farming, as well as adding Honomanu Stream to the list of the streams to be restored, and removing all structures adversely affecting the health of native stream species in the ecosystem.

In the past year, A&B hasn’t shown in any way that it needs this access to 80 million gallons of stream water a day. There is no reason they should get a free pass and have these permits renewed AGAIN. Instead, the BLNR should deny these permits and A&B should be required to submit an Environmental Impact Statement as soon as possible if it wants the BLNR to consider allowing it any stream water in the future.

Submit a quick testimony letter to BLNR asking them to reject the renewal of A&B’s permits. Go to: https://mauisierraclub.org/campaigns/east-maui-streams/

#eastmauistreams #waterislife #eolaikawai #olaikawai #eastmaui#nahiku #keanae #hana #huelo #AlexanderandBaldwin #water #streams #maui

East Maui Streams

Sand Mining Moratorium at the IEM (Item 33)

 

October 2017

Moratorium Updates

On the morning of Sept. 18th, IEM members Mike White, Yuki Lei Sugimura, and Riki Hokama announced they would not make the meeting, and so there was no quorum. The meeting went ahead with a GPS presentation demonstrating the exact areas where the moratorium would cover. Because there was no quorum, a vote on the moratorium was deferred.

http://www.mauinews.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/2017/09/absence-of-3-council-members-prevents-vote/

The moratorium (officially IEM item 33) was once again on the agenda for the Oct. 2nd meeting. At that meeting, Elle Cochran again introduced the moratorium and Alika Atay made a motion to vote on it. No one seconded the motion, and instead the item was once again deferred.

Soon after, Don Guzman’s office announced that he’d be introducing 2 new bills at the council meeting on Friday, October 6th. These items would address some of the zoning issues but would not introduce a moratorium and would not lead to any update of the 2006 Maui sand study that we desperately need.

http://mauinow.com/2017/10/04/council-member-to-propose-bills-to-protect-archaeological-cultural-sites/

The IEM Committee will be discussing the moratorium again at its meeting on October 30th at 1:30 pm.

September 2017

Lawsuit Updates

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article176067891.html

http://www.mauinews.com/news/local-news/2017/09/judge-halts-maui-lani-earthmoving/

Judge Cardoza ruled in favor of the plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction with regards to the 1st count of the lawsuit. As part of the injunction, he ordered that if Maui Lani Partners wants to work in their Phase 9 site, ML Partners need to inform plaintiffs 48 hours in advance and allow a representative from the plaintiffs to observe all work being done there. Mining at the Phase 9 site is already stopped because of the county order issued in spring 2017, so this court ruling provides extra protection.

Moratorium Updates

On Monday, September 18th, 2017 at 1:30 PM the County Council’s Infrastructure & Environmental Management (IEM) Committee will meet once again to discuss and possibly vote to pass a sand mining moratorium bill out of committee.

Stand up for ʻiwi kūpuna and our environment – come testify in support of the moratorium (County Council Chambers – 8th Floor, 200 S. High St., Wailuku) or send your testimony to iem.committee@mauicounty.usTalking Points You Can Use In Your Testimony

  • Protect the Culture and Environment: Mauiʻs sand is NOT a “land resource,” which is something to be bought and sold and is governed under zoning laws. Sand, especially the inland Maui sand dunes, is a environmental and cultural resource that needs special protection. The Maui Inland Sand dunes are well-known to be the final resting place of many ʻIwi Kūpuna and must be respected
  • Follow the $$$: Big business interests want Council to look the other way because their businesses profit greatly off the mining and selling of Maui sand. For example, Maui Lani Partners has made millions from selling this sand. These business interests are doing everything they can to make sure sand is not considered an environmental resource because that would hurt their profits. Please put the communityʻs interests over those of big businesses.
  • If Council Doesnʻt Do This…: Through comments given at previous IEM meetings on this issue, its clear that State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD) officials donʻt have the ability to properly enforce their own rules and the County departments issuing these permits have ignored lies on permit applications and not enforced their own rules. If Council doesnʻt pass this moratorium, ʻIwi Kūpuna will continue to be desecrated and Maui will lose all its inland sand.
  • Hold the Guilty Accountable: Council should hold accountable all those involved in the illegal activity that led to the resource extraction and desecration of ʻIwi Kūpuna. In addition to passing this moratorium, thereʻs a long paper trail of guilt and incompetence that must be examined.

Check out the agenda and documents for the previous July 31st and August 14th meetings, including the text of the bill, at http://mauicounty.us/agendas/  (Make sure you search for Infrastructure and Environmental Management agendas)

August 2017

Our op-ed was published

http://www.mauinews.com/opinion/columns/2017/08/stop-the-mining-and-preserve-the-central-maui-sand-dunes/

Final Arguments in East Maui Streams Contested Case

 

The State Commission on Water Resource Management (CWRM) will hear final arguments in the East Maui Water Contested Case on Monday, October 9th, 2017 at 5 pm at the Haʻikū Community Center.

Please come or send someone from your ʻohana to show support for East Maui ʻohana, fishermen, kalo farmers, keiki, and kūpuna.

Please note: only the lawyers will present at this meeting. There will be NO public testimony.

Sand Mining Lawsuit: Two testify they saw work being done without a monitor

Published August 24, 2017 in The Maui News

“Sand Mining Lawsuit: Two testify they saw work being done without a monitor”

2017 Q3 Outings Schedule (June-September)

Please register for all hikes with the leader listed in the description. Please be prepared for outings: bring lunch, water, rain gear, sunscreen and appropriate footwear. Hiking boots are recommended for longer hikes. A donation of $5 ($3 for Sierra Club members) is requested of hikers over age 14. We always welcome more hike leaders. Contact Lucienne deNaie at laluz@maui.net if you are interested in becoming a hike leader.

Hike Descriptions Key:

(C) means conservation, such as discussing how to conserve this land for future generations to enjoy.
(E) means educational, such as visiting and learning about archeological sites and naming the plants and flowers.
(S) indicates a service outing.
(D) is the round trip hike distance.

Friday, June 9 Hamakuapoko Historical hike (Baldwin Beach Park)
(C/E) D=4 mi. Pleasant walk along bike path and beach to learn about the rich and hidden history of this lovely area. Bring hat/water/snacks. Meet 9:00 a.m. in Baldwin beach parking lot. Limit 15. Leader: Lucienne de Naie <laluz@maui.net> or 214-0147.

Sunday, June 11 – Makapipi Watershed Trail – REQUIRES EMI WAIVER
(C/E) D=4 mi. Varied terrain. Ditch trail: Makapipi to Kopili’ula Stream. Scenic vistas, pools, waterfalls. native plant life. Hike crosses several bridges with no hand rails, not recommended for those sensitive to heights. EMI waiver required (see below) Meet at 8:00 am at the Haiku Community Center. Limit 18. Leader: Miranda Camp <mauimiranda@hotmail.com> or 868-6848.

Sunday, June 18 – Mākena Shoreline Hike
(C/E) D=3 mi R/T. Moderate. Narrow “fisherman’s trail” in sections. Help keep public access open, enjoy beautiful views with varying shoreline. Bring a snack for the end point at Black Sand Beach. Meet 9:00 a.m. in public parking lot for Polo Beach. Limit 15. Register with leader: Rob Weltman <robw@worldspot.com> or 354-0490.

Saturday, June 24 – Mālama Hamakua Day (Ha’iku)
(C/E/S) D= 4 mi R/T. Monthly service outing to remove trash and care for cultural sites on 267 acre County coastal preserve. Bring gloves/hand tools/water/hat/lunch/ sturdy shoes. Meet 9 am at Ha’iku Community Center. Limit 15. Leader: Lucienne de Naie <laluz@maui.net> or 214-0147.

Saturday, June 24 – Palauea/Wailea 670 Cultural Sites- Northwest
(C/E) D= 2 mi R/T. Explore walls and ridgelines and mark cultural sites in northwest Wailea 670 preserve. Rugged terrain. closed shoes/boots, long pants and good balance a must. Bring water, hiking stick, cameras. Meet 3 pm at top of Kaukahi Rd in Wailea. Limit 15. Leader: Lucienne de Naie <laluz@maui.net> or 214-0147.

Sunday, June 25 – Huelo Coastal Trail to Ocean
(C/E) D= 2 mi R/T (Private land-no EMI Waiver needed) hike along steep, but scenic coastal trail to ocean in Huelo area. Meet 9:00 am at Haiku Community Center. Limit: 15. Leader: Miranda Camp <mauimiranda@hotmail.com> or 868-6848.

Saturday, July 1
Makawao Forest Reserve (C/E)
7 miles
Left side of road, 3 mile climb up trails and jeep road, moderately strenuous and muddy). Meet 8:30 am at parking lot across St. Joseph’s Church (Makawao Ave.) Limit 18. Leader: Robin West <rwest808@yahoo.com> or 277-7267.

Sunday, July 9
Hanawi (Nahiku area) stream hike (C/E)
4 miles
Strenuous. Pools waterfalls, native stream life. Numerous stream crossings. Good water footwear a must. Meet 8:30 a.m. at Haiku Community center. EMI waiver required (see above). Limit 15. Leader: Rob Weltman <robw@worldspot.com> or 354-0490.

Sunday, July 16
Palauʻea/Wailea 670 Kalama-Kanaio Road Trail (C/E)
2 miles
Hike historic Kalama-Kanaio Trail to its south limits. Magnificent mauka-makai views, native plants and hidden archaeological sites. Rugged, rocky terrain. Closed shoes/boots, long pants and good balance a must. Bring water, hiking stick, cameras. Meet 3 pm at top of Kaukahi Rd in Wailea. Limit 15. Leader: Lucienne de Naie <laluz@maui.net> or 214-0147.

Friday and Saturday, July 21 & 22
Photograph the King Tides and help us learn more about their impacts on Maui.
To participate, contact Adriane <adriane.raff-corwin@sierraclub.org > or 419-5143.

Saturday, July 22
SIERRA CLUB SPROUTS Outing (C/E/S)
Ages 7-13, teenage siblings welcome as volunteers to help with event. $5 per child, light snacks provided. Topic: Oceans. Kids will learn about rising sea levels and the impacts of plastic in our oceans through fun and educational activities. 10 am-12 pm. Location TBA. Leader: Adriane Raff Corwin <adriane.raff-corwin@sierraclub.org > or 419-5143.

Sunday, July 23
Makaʻiwa Bay and shoreline (east Maui) (C/E)
4 miles
Sometimes strenuous hike through a muddy forest and then down a ridge line to the coast. There are ropes at the end of the hike if you would like to explore the coastline. The return hike is all uphill. Bring water, snacks, sunscreen, hat, swimwear. Limit 10. Meet at Haiku Community Center 8 am to carpool. Leader: Miranda Camp <mauimiranda@hotmail.com> or 868-6848.

Saturday, July 29
Hāmākua Mālama Day (C/E/S)
Ha‘ikū, 4 miles
Monthly community service outing to remove trash and keep coastal trails open on 267 acres of Hamakua lands purchased by Maui County. Bring gloves/hand tools/water/hat/lunch/ sturdy shoes. Meet 9am at Ha‘ikū Community Center. Limit 15. Leader: Lucienne de Naie <laluz@maui.net> or 214-0147

Sunday, August 6
Lower Waikamoi Stream hike (C/E)
3 miles
Short but rugged stream hike from Waikamoi Ridge trail on Hana Hwy upstream to pool/waterfall. Native plants, scenery. Bring lunch, water, hat and water hiking footwear. Meet 8:00 am Haiku Community Center. Limit 12. EMI WAIVER REQUIRED (See above). Leader: Rob Weltman <robw@worldspot.com> or 354-0490.

Friday Aug 11
Palauʻea/Wailea 670 Native Plant Hike (C/E)
2.5 miles
Explore lava flow areas to check for rare native native plants in bloom. Rugged terrain. Closed shoes/boots, long pants and good balance a must. Bring water, hiking stick, cameras. Meet 3 pm at top of Kaukahi Rd in Wailea. Limit 15. Leader: Lucienne de Naie <laluz@maui.net> or 214-0147.

Saturday, August 19
Makamakaʻole (C/E)
2 miles
Beautiful hike with many stream crossings and waterfall at the end. Bring water shoes, lunch, water, swimsuit. Limit 12. Meet at Waihee School parking lot 8:30 am to carpool. Leader: Miranda Camp <mauimiranda@hotmail.com> or 868-6848.

Saturday, August 26
Hāmākua Mālama Day (C/E/S)
Ha‘ikū, 4 miles
Monthly community service outing to remove trash and keep coastal trails open on 267 acres of Hamakua lands purchased by Maui County. Bring gloves/hand tools/water/hat/lunch/ sturdy shoes. Meet 9am at Ha‘ikū Community Center. Limit 15. Leader: Lucienne de Naie <laluz@maui.net> or 214-0147

Sunday, August 27
Wahinepeʻe Water Hike (C/E)
9 miles
Hike historic trail to overlook Honomanu stream and Valley. Pools. Waterfalls. Great scenery. Will be muddy. EMI waiver required. Bring water, lunch, bug spray. Meet 8 am Haiku Community Center. Limit 15. Leader: Robin West <rwest808@yahoo.com> or 277-7267.

Friday Sept 1
Palauʻea/Wailea 670 Cultural Sites & Native Plants (C/E)
2.5 miles
Explore lava flow areas marking cultural sites and monitoring native plants in Central Wailea 670 preserve. Rugged terrain. Closed shoes/boots, long pants and good balance a must. Bring water, hiking stick, cameras. Meet 3 pm at top of Kaukahi Rd in Wailea. Limit 15. Leader: Lucienne de Naie <laluz@maui.net> or 214-0147.

Saturday, September 9
Sliding Sands Trail and Halemauʻu Trail (C/E)
Haleakalā, 11-12 miles
Advanced hike through the Haleakalā crater from the Keoneheʻe Trailhead at 9740 ft. to Halemauʻu at 7990 ft. Hike goes down 3000 ft. in elevation and then back up 1000 ft. Must be in great physical shape and good with elevation changes. Bring 3+ liters of water, lunch and plenty of snacks, hat, sunscreen, warm clothing, rain jacket, binoculars, and sturdy closed toe hiking shoes. Meet 8:30 am at Pukalani Longs parking lot. Hike will take about 7-8 hours. At end of hike, optional stay to watch sunset and the stars come out. Note: Fee of $20/car to enter the Haleakalā National Park. Limit 12. Leader: Adriane Raff Corwin <adriane.raff-corwin@sierraclub.org > or 419-5143. Map of hike route: https://www.nps.gov/hale/planyourvisit/upload/Map-and-Descriptions-FINAL_Compressed-1.pdf

Sunday, September 17
Wailua Iki Stream Hike (E/C)
6 miles
Moderate hike through beautiful forest on winding muddy, jeep road. Pools, waterfalls and lush plant life. Bring appropriate footwear, sunscreen, lunch and water. Meet 8:00 am at Haiku Community Center. EMI waiver required (see above). Limit: 15. Leader: Rob Weltman <robw@worldspot.com> or 354-0490.

Sunday, September 24
Waiheʻe Ridge Hike (C)
5 miles
1200 ft elevation gain. Great workout with native plants, beautiful views! Bring rain jacket, lunch, water, hat, sunscreen. Meet 8:30 am at Waihee School parking lot. Limit 12. Leader: Miranda Camp <mauimiranda@hotmail.com> or 868-6848.

Saturday, September 30
Hāmākua Mālama Day (C/E/S)
Ha‘ikū, 4 miles
Monthly community service outing to remove trash and keep coastal trails open on 267 acres of Hamakua lands purchased by Maui County. Bring gloves/hand tools/water/hat/lunch/ sturdy shoes. Meet 9am at Ha‘ikū Community Center. Limit 15. Leader: Lucienne de Naie <laluz@maui.net> or 214-0147

EMI WAIVER REQUIRED FOR CERTAIN HIKES

To go on certain hikes, you need a waiver from East Maui Irrigation Company (EMI). If the hike description notes that you need a waiver then you absolutely must get one prior to the hike. (If there is no notation that the hike requires an EMI waiver, then you don’t need to worry about this.) One waiver covers all EMI hikes for the quarter of hikes listed currently. Call in your waiver request to EMI at 579-9516 well in advance to make an appointment for when you can sign it. Then go to EMI’s Pa’ia office at 497 Baldwin Avenue to sign the waiver. You will need to call to make sure someone will be there. Waivers CANNOT be mailed, faxed or emailed. Sierra Club Maui does not make the rules. EMI does. Please be considerate of EMI staff time and pick up waiver 5 days in advance whenever possible. THE WAIVER MUST BE BROUGHT ON THE HIKE AND SHOWN TO THE HIKE LEADER. Mahalo