FACE Petition & Meeting on Lifting PV Cap

Many of you are already leaders in helping make the shift to a more sustainable future for Maui.  I am writing to invite you to a meeting FACE is holding this Friday (Mar 7) 5pm at Catholic Charities in Kahului to plan a response to both the slow connection rate for future solar installations, as well as the proposed surcharges for existing solar users. We will be joined by the Sierra Club and others who have been working on this issue for some time.

The reason for holding this meeting now is the pressing need for a reaction during the month of March to both a series of bills and Public Utility Commission proposals which are aimed at hindering the spread of solar, as well as a positive bill moving through the House and Senate.  The effort to address this specific problem will be time limited and will need a quicker than normal reaction from our community.

We are considering a sign waving and a series of legislative meetings over the next month.  Please come if you can, and email me with questions or if you need directions.

Mahalo for signing this petition, and please pass it on to your friends and family!

Give You Mana’o on State’s Recreation Plan

Hawaii is in the process of preparing its Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), which it does every five years. Your voice will make the difference on how money is spent in Hawaii on recreational matters. See the meeting schedule below for each island. If you can’t make it in person, there is a link below to a survey you can take online.

The old 2008 SCORP is here.

Anyone who is unable to attend any of the meetings is invited to take the SCORP survey, which is available online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/HISCORP… and will be open through Feb. 28, 2014.

Maui, Monday, March 3, 5 – 7 p.m.
Planning Department Meeting Room, Room 106, 1st Floor, Kalana Pukui Building, 250 South High St., Wailuku, HI 96793

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of State Parks in partnership with PBR HAWAII, invites the public to informational meetings about the 2014 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). Hawaii updates the SCORP every five years to remain eligible to receive funds for outdoor recreation projects through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a federal grants program administered by the National Park Service.

Public participation in the meetings will help State Parks and National Park Service select projects to receive Land and Water Conservation funding that best meets Hawaii’s recreational needs and helps resolve any recreational conflicts.

Meetings will be for two hours and will include a brief presentation near the beginning, but information will be available throughout the evening. The public can drop by for as much or as little time as they wish. Keiki are welcome, and there will be a special activity for them.

Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants provide a match for state and county funds to acquire new land for outdoor recreation and develop or renovate recreational facilities. Since 1967, the State of Hawaii and the four counties have received more than $38 million in LWCF grants for acquisition and development of outdoor recreation lands and facilities. In recent years, LWCF grants have been awarded to the County of Hawaii to install new playground equipment at Panaewa Zoo in Hilo, the City and County of Honolulu to replace the ball field lights at Ala Wai Community Park, the County of Maui to construct a new skate park within the Lahaina Recreation Center, and State Parks for renovation of park cabins, pavilions, and comfort stations at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area on Hawaii Island.

GMO Presentation by Dr. Lorrin Pang

GMO’s: Are We Gambling With Our Health

by Dr. Lorrin Pang
World Health Organization Consultant
Speaking as a Private Citizen

Wednesday, Nov 13th, 7pm FREE
Paia Community Center

This engaging Power Point presentation provides scientific and medical facts that everyone immediately needs to know about as to how genetically engineered foods and crops, Horizontal Gene Transfer (HGT), and chemical cocktail GE Farming Practices affect our health and our environment.

Olowalu Beach Cleanup

Saturday, October 12,  9-11am
Sponsored by Maui Nui Marine Resource Council
Meet at mile marker 14. This is the 2nd cleanup at Olowalu as part of international Coastal Cleanup month. After the first cleanup it was evident that this special area,chosen as a priority site for the Maui Coral Reef Recovery Plan, needs a lot more love! Bring your beach and snorkel gear for fun in the sun and a possible guided reef tour afterwards.

2nd Olowalu Cleanup 2013 Flyer

Climate Change Action

This is a non-Sierra Club activity that supports our goal of reducing climate change.  Senator Brian Schatz will speak and give a press conference:

On Saturday, August 24, citizens concerned with the threats of climate change will hold a demonstration at the Waihe’e Coastal Dunes & Wetlands Refuge of projected impacts on Maui for future generations if current trends of global warming continue at the current pace. Volunteers will take part in two activities:

ACTIVITY ONE: 12 Noon –2 P.M.
Volunteers will take cuttings from indigenous plants to place into pots for future plantings as a safeguard against soil erosion; and,

ACTIVITY TWO; 2:00 –2:30 P.M.
Volunteers will carry colorful batons and encircle the wetlands to demonstrate the area to be tainted for wildlife should saltwater encroach as the sea level rises.

ACTIVITY THREE; 2:30–3:30 P.M.
Scott Fisher, Conservation Director of the Hawaiian Island Land Trust, will comment about the threats and impacts of climate change on the Waihe’e Coastal Dunes & Wetlands Refuge. Senator Brian Schatz will follow with comments about the projected effects on Maui and the Hawaiian Islands in general. The senator will follow his remarks with a PRESS CONFERENCE open to Q & A with the media. Mr. Fisher will be introduced by M. J. Yardley, co-leader of the OFA Maui chapter. Sen. Schatz, a former environmental activist with the UH Sea Grant Program after leaving college, will be introduced by Ted Clement, Executive Director of HILT.

This demonstration has been arranged by Organizing for Action (OFA) Maui, a living extension of President Obama’s 2012 campaign pledge to combat climate change. On August 1, four former directors of the EPA under the Republican Administrations of Presidents Nixon, Reagan, and both Bushs I and II, published a collaborative editorial piece in the New York Times lending support for President Obama’s June climate action plan. “The costs of inaction are undeniable. The lines of scientific evidence grow only stronger and more numerous. And the window of time remaining to act is growing smaller; delay could mean that warming becomes ‘locked in.'” Rather than argue against his proposals, our leaders in Congress should endorse them…”

Keith Echeverri, OFA Maui Media Liaison & Climate Reality Leadership Corps activist, 276-8915