Aloha ‘Aina Unity March MAUI

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:

Farmers Union: Protecting Ag Lands

From the Farmers Union:

I would like to invite you all to attend the Mauna Kahalawai Chapter, Maui Farmers Union Meeting (At the Maui Tropical Plantation) onAugust 20th from 7:00 -8:30 p.m.– where we have put together a Community Educational Seminar on: PROTECTING AGRICULTURAL LANDS IN PERPETUITY.

This type of information in invaluable to all of us in Maui County that care about protecting the land and preserving it for our future generations.

It is all about community participation and knowing how to make your voice count within the planning process.

All it takes from you, is knowing your power and applying proper use of the tools that are at your disposal.

The presentation is just over an hour long and will cover:

PLANNING TOOLS CITIZENS CAN USE AND HOW THEY WORK:
• Special Management Areas (SMA)/Coastal Zone Management (CZM)
• Maui Island Plan/Community Plans
• County Zoning
• State Land Use Designations

Followed by:

TAKING ACTION: MAKING YOUR COMMUNITY’S VOICE COUNT!
• The power/importance of Community Plans & Community Plan Updates-community participation
• SMA intervention/Environmental Assessments (EA) & Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) -Citizen Involvement

The goal is to have each and everyone of you walk away with a basic understanding of the framework of land use zoning and uses, as well as, an understanding of what you can do to preserve agricultural land.

Bring a pad of paper and pen. There will be a lot of information covered in a very short span of time.

If it is a good turnout and everyone is interested in getting a bit more in-depth; we will explore putting together another follow up presentation.

Wellhead Protection Draft Bill

The Board of Water Supply will discuss the draft bill establishing a Wellhead Protection Overlay Zoning District on August 20, 2015 9am at Department of Planning Conference Room, 250 South High Street, Wailuku, Maui.  Here are the testimonies at a prior BWS meeting:

Maui County bill designed to gut Community Plans

This Thursday June 18th at 9am the Maui County Council Planning Committee will hear PC-021 Amending Chapter 2.80B entitled “A BILL FOR AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 2.80B, MAUI COUNTY CODE, RELATING TO GENERAL PLAN AND COMMUNITY PLAN.”
This bill will remove the force of law from the community plans, making the plans irrelevant and your voice irrelevant. If this passes, all of the time that people have put in over the years on developing these community plans will have been WASTED.
Email pc.committee@mauicounty.us and OPPOSE PC-021.

If you can show up Thursday morning and testify against it, that would be great too.