Mayor Alan Arakawa
Council Chair Mike White
Background: $3 million down the toilet – Enough Already!
The County paid a main land law firm $3 million to defend its actions of injecting treated wastewater into the ocean without proper state oversight. The County was joined in its fight by the Association of American Railroads, the American Iron and Steel Institute, the American Petroleum Institute, the National Mining Association and the Fertilizer Institute.
The County lost the original court case but kept filing appeals – in total they’ve spent $3 million and lost all 4 times in court. Sierra Club Maui Group was one of 4 plaintiffs in the case, and just this month the County lost ANOTHER appeal.
The County COULD have used that money to build the infrastructure we need to support water recycling. Instead, now they’re talking about filing MORE appeals. Will this be another $3 million of public money down the toilet?
Call or email the mayor and council chair and say: Enough Already – Stop spending the public’s money on lawsuits and just fix the problem!
Campaign and meme from Tamara Paltin and http://www.savewestmaui.com
After more than seven months of discussion, on January 5, 2018, the Maui County Council passed the Sand Mining Moratorium into law, the final vote 7 – 2 (Yuki Lei Sugimura and Riki Hokama were the no votes).
But the bill provides exemption from the moratorium to anyone with an already existing permit. In Nov. 2017, the Dept. of Public Works RENEWED Maui Lani Partners’ permit for work in their Phase 9 site – even though a judge issued a preliminary injunction against all work in that area, stating “…disturbance of burial sites will produce substantial, irreparable harm.”
Maui Lani Partners has been stopped from working by a Maui court of law but our own county government rubber stamped their request to continue – without talking to the State Historic Presentation Division either. This is just one glaring incident that shows how our permit system is broken and needs to be rectified immediately. Because of the Dept. of Public Work’s actions, Maui Lani’s Phase 9 site will be exempt from the sand mining moratorium – unless the county rescinds it.
On Friday the 5th, before the council voted, Mālama Kakanilua and Sierra Club Maui held a protest outside the County building to call on the County to rescind their renewal of Maui Lani’s permit.
Hawai’i News Now Reporter Mahealani Richardson did a video story on the passage of the moratorium, and the Maui News and Maui Now published articles:
Photos from the Protest
Sierra Club Maui Group, Maui Tomorrow Foundation, and Ho’oponopono O Makena filed a lawsuit on May 2, 2017 asking the Maui Environmental Court to halt the approval of Makena Resort’s Environmental Assessment. We are extremely worried about the environmental and cultural impacts that Makena Resort’s current proposal would have on the area and are doing everything we can to ensure a proper review be completed in the form of an Environmental Impact Statement.
Through our lawsuit, we are seeking to invalidate the Maui Planning Commission’s acceptance of the Final Environmental Assessment (FEA) and issuance of a Finding of No Significant Impact for development of the proposed 47-acre M?kena Resort M-5/M-6/S-7/B-2 project, a 158-unit gated luxury community on the mauka side of Makena-Keone’o’io Road, above Makena Landing. The FEA was approved by a 5-3 vote, with several members of the Commission expressing strong reservations regarding unresolved impacts. Read our full press release here.
You can write a check to “Sierra Club Foundation” with “Maui Group” in the memo line and mail it to: P.O. Box 791180, Pa’ia, HI, 96779 or email us to find out how to donate by credit card.
We also need non-tax deductible donations that enable Sierra Club Maui Group to do the important political work that keeps Maui?s environment protected. Click here to donate to our general operating fund.
ACTION ALERT! CALL YOUR SENATOR TO STOP HB 2501!
Healoha Carmichael, a Native Hawaiian gatherer, stands in Honomanu Stream in East Maui near her home. The stream is completely dry due to Alexander and Baldwin’s water diversions. Carmichael and her ‘ohana face significant hardship in gathering food to feed their ‘ohana because of the diversions.
HB 2501 DOES NOT ADDRESS THE INJUSTICE IN EAST MAUI
Thank you for supporting the restoration of East Maui streams. The fight to protect East Maui kalo farmers and families is just beginning. In the coming weeks, we are going to need your help to defeat HB 2501 because we are up against a multi-billion dollar corporation.
HB 2501 would allow, Alexander and Baldwin, a private corporation to continue de-watering the streams of East Maui despite having no use for this public water. HB 2501 is still working its way through Hawaii’s legislative process. We need your help to stop this bill.
On March 21, 2016, HB2501 was amended by the Senate Water, Land, and Agriculture Committee. The amendments appear to acknowledge the harm and injustice of the current diversions because they seek to shorten the time Alexander & Baldwin is allowed to take all the water from East Maui and appropriate funds to the Department of Land and Natural Resources so that it can properly administer the law. While these amendments may make the bill less egregious, it is not enough to address the incredible harm long-suffered by residents and farmers who do not have access to sufficient water on a daily basis because A&B takes so much water from East Maui streams.
HB 2501 HARMS EAST MAUI KALO FARMERS AND FAMILIES
Before a corporation diverts water from a stream, it must prove its diversion will not cause harm to downstream users. A&B has never done this. A&B has used BLNR’s illegal “holdover” authorization to avoid ever having to prove that its diversions cause no harm. Manipulation of the process has allowed A&B to divert millions of gallons of water every day regardless of the consequences. This must stop.
KNOW THE FACTS. DEMAND THE TRUTH.
There is no reason to continue this injustice any longer.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP.
The next step for the bill is the Senate Ways and Means Committee. East Maui residents and their supporters from across the Hawaiian Islands are currently working to convince the Chair of WAM to not hear HB2501.
You can help by contacting your own senator right now and asking him or her to ask Sen. Jill Tokuda to NOT HEAR HB2501 (phone numbers at the bottom).
CALL YOUR SENATOR TODAY!
LIST OF SENATORS
Baker, Rosalyn H.
District 6 South and West Maui
Chun Oakland, Suzanne
District 13 Liliha, Palama, Iwilei, Kalihi, Nu‘uanu, Pacific Heights, Pauoa, Lower Tantalus, Downtown
Dela Cruz, Donovan M.
District 22 Mililani Mauka, Waipi‘o Acres, Wheeler, Wahiawa, Whitmore Village, portion of Poamoho
English, J. Kalani
District 7 Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i, Kaho‘olawe
District 19 ‘Ewa Beach, Ocean Pointe, ‘Ewa by Gentry, Iroquois Point, portion of ‘Ewa Villages
District 20 Kapolei, Makakilo, and portions of ‘Ewa, Kalaeloa, and Waipahu
District 12 Waikiki, Ala Moana, Kaka‘ako, McCully, Mo‘ili‘ili
District 3 Kona, Ka‘u
District 16 Pearl City, Momilani, Pearlridge, ‘Aiea, Royal Summit, ‘Aiea Heights, Newtown, Waimalu, Halawa, Pearl Harbor
Ihara, Les Jr.
District 10 Kaimuki, Kapahulu, Palolo, Maunalani Heights, St. Louis Heights, Mo‘ili‘ili, Ala Wai
District 4 Hilo, Hamakua, Kohala, Waimea, Waikoloa, Kona
District 1 Hilo
Keith-Agaran, Gilbert S.C.
District 5 Wailuku, Waihe‘e, Kahului
Kidani, Michelle N.
District 18 Mililani Town, portion of Waipi‘o Gentry, Waikele, Village Park, Royal Kunia
Kim, Donna Mercado
District 14 Kapalama, ‘Alewa, Kalihi Valley, Ft. Shafter, Moanalua Gardens & Valley, portions of Halawa and ‘Aiea
Kouchi, Ronald D.
District 8 Kaua‘i, Ni‘ihau
Nishihara, Clarence K.
District 17 Waipahu, Crestview, Manana, Pearl City, Pacific Palisades
District 23 Kane‘ohe , Ka‘a‘awa, Hau‘ula, La‘ie, Kahuku, Waialua, Hale‘iwa, Wahiawa, Schofield Barracks, Kunia
Ruderman, Russell E.
District 2 Puna, Ka‘u
Shimabukuro, Maile S.L.
District 21 Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Ko ‘Olina, Nanakuli, Ma‘ili, Wai‘anae, Makaha, Makua
District 9 Hawai‘i Kai, Kuli‘ou‘ou, Niu, ‘Aina Haina, Wai‘alae-Kahala, Diamond Head
Taniguchi, Brian T.
District 11 Manoa, Makiki, Punchbowl, Papakolea
Thielen, Laura H.
District 25 Kailua, Lanikai, Enchanted Lake, Keolu Hills, Maunawili, Waimanalo, Hawai‘i Kai, Portlock
Tokuda, Jill N.
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 207
District 24 Kane‘ohe, Kane‘ohe MCAB, Kailua, He‘eia, ‘Ahuimanu
District 15 Kalihi, Mapunapuna, Airport, Salt Lake, Aliamanu, Foster Village, Hickam, Pearl Harbor
If you aren’t sure who your Senator is, visit the Hawai‘i Capitol website.
On Sunday October 18th at 10am Maui will have it’s own Aloha ‘?ina Unity March down Front Street in Lahaina.
Last August, the Aloha ‘Aina Unity March on Oahu brought together various environmental groups, hui, h?lau, and supporters to Waikiki. Over 10,000 people marched through Waikiki in UNITY to support further efforts of Aloha ‘?ina across Hawaii.
With the success on Oahu, AAUM is coming to Maui! The Aloha ‘Aina Unity March is dedicated to awareness, education, and activation of the issues affecting Hawai’i’s sacred sites, cultural landscapes, agricultural land, water, and ocean.
INVITE your friends and family. Let this be the day we show up in large numbers in UNITY to make a statement against corporation interest that has taken over the voice and the will of our people. In UNITY we can be the change. Show up in RED, bring signs, hae hawai’i, lei, and KAPU ALOHA.
WE ARE ASKING EVERYONE TO BRING A LEI.
Also keep in mind this is a #zerowaste event. So bring your own reusable water bottle! We will have water coolers for you to refill. Protecting the ‘aina starts with each one of us in our daily actions.
Join our growing Hui of organizations coming together in support of protecting the ‘aina: