Rally to buy Hamakua Coast lands as open space!

Rally to Protect hundreds of acres of Hamakua Coast lands as open space!

Tuesday, Oct 13th
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Hana Hwy in front of Ha’iku Community Center
Wear green, bring signs, banners, etc.

Rally immediately followed by “Legislators Listen” event State House of Representative leaders come to Ha’iku to listen to needs of local residents, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at Ha’iku Community Center

Please join us to ask our House leaders and our District 13 Rep Lynn De Coite to put funds in the state budget to buy the 277 acre Oili Rd lot (where the Peahi Big Wave contest is viewed)
using Legacy Lands Funds or other available funding.
Cost: $4.8 million.

See Facebook Event.

Planning Commission to consider whether to include ag burning impacts in SMA

Chris Profio’s petition to add the following to the criteria for considering SMA petitions will be heard by the Maui Planning Commission on October 13, 2015 at 9am in the Planning Conference Room located at 250 High Street in Wailuku.

(K) A description of all current impacts to the parcel and adjacent parcels caused by open-air agricultural burning, if any, and a description of anticipated changes to current impacts due to the proposed action, if any. 

When the rule change comes up for consideration the Planning Department will present an overview of the Petition, and the Department of the Corporation Counsel may wish to comment. You should then be given an opportunity to present the Petition, and then public testimony should be taken.
The Planning Commission has scheduled Chris Profio’s request for a rule to consider smoke and dust when granting a SMA permit. Please show up and testify. This will help raise awareness of the problem which cane burning presents to our environment and people.

Link to requested rule change. (Rule change is underlined)


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.


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:

• Special Management Areas (SMA)/Coastal Zone Management (CZM)
• Maui Island Plan/Community Plans
• County Zoning
• State Land Use Designations

Followed by:

• 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.