Upcoming Steering Committee Meeting – Tuesday, June 19th 6:00pm-7:30pm

Aloha ECDPH Members!

We are holding our first Steering Committee Meeting since the 2018 DPH State Convention. This meeting will be largely introductory and logistics related. Our Steering Committee meetings have been and will continue to be open to others to join and listen in. This meeting will be limited in scope to the business of the Steering Committee outlined in the agenda below.

We will begin with a brief introduction to the Zoom Video Conferencing App. It has consistently been rated the best app for remote meetings with features that conveniently allow for orderly and efficient communication. Once everyone on the call has a cursory understanding of the app, we will move into the rest of the agenda. We will be using this technology for General Membership meetings as well in order to further our goal to be as inclusive as possible, while still making progress on our goals for the term.

We all live within the Environment and it should and could be everyone’s main concern. I look forward to welcoming all voices and to many productive meetings  over the next two years.

Please email us at ecodemhi@gmail.com with any questions.

See you there!

Lana Olson
Chair, ECDPH

* Introduction to Zoom and General Meeting Logistics
* Introductions To Each Other
* Set Dates For Future Meetings & General Membership Meetings
* Update on SCC Elections & Bylaws
* Process for submitting Legislation
* Process for submitting testimony
* Process for determining Caucus priorities
* Recap of any action items
* Items for discussion in next meeting

Environmental Caucus DPH is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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Meeting ID: 161 542 974
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Biennial General Membership/Organizational Meeting Reminder

  ECDPH Officer elections will be held on 05/26/18 around 5:30-6:00pm at the DPH Convention in Waikoloa, Hawaii. Composition of the Executive Committee: The Executive Committee of the Caucus shall consist of the Chair, Vice Chair, the Secretary, the Treasurer, … Continue reading


Upcoming General Membership Meeting

Aloha, Members of the Environmental Caucus Democratic Party of Hawaii. Mark your calendars for our upcoming General Membership Meeting, Wednesday February 21st at 7:00 pm.  (Agenda to follow) Location: Democratic Party Headquarters:  627 South Street, Honolulu, HI 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February … Continue reading


IMPORTANT Press Release

Re: Commercial Aquarium Collection Remember SB 1240 a bill supported and championed by our Natural Resource Subject Committee? It passed only to be Vetoed by Governor Ige? Today the Hawaii Supreme Court found DLNR to be negligent in allowing unlimited … Continue reading



Take ACTION NOW: take the Staradvertiser survey if you are a subscriber: http://www.staradvertiser.com/staradvertiser-poll/agree-governors-veto-aquarium-fish-collecting-bill/, (NO, the Governor should have signed SB1240). SB1240 was a sane way to phase out a destructive industry that devastates coral reef ecosystems and reduces reef wildlife. Please … Continue reading


Almost There!!

The Environmental Caucus of DPH (along with scientists, non-governmental organizations, and numerous individuals) worked hard to make sure SB1240 passed both the State House of Representatives and Senate. The bill requires the Department of Land and Natural Resources to submit … Continue reading

Don’t Drown SB 1240

Must read in today’s Civil Beat Editorial Column- ( Editorial Column ).

Today’s article is a fair summary of the issue. This imperfect bill, because it’s a compromise, should still become law.  We need legislation to hold the State and DLNR accountable for allowing the aquarium trade to flourish unencumbered.  They must devise a plan that is sustainable.  Unlimited collection of our reef marine life is certainly not sustainable!!

Please email Brandon Asuka at the Governors Office: Brandon.T.Asuka@hawaii.gov Let him know how you feel about SB1240.

#OurReefsNotForSale  #OurReefsNoForSale

Protect Reef Wildlife

The potential veto of SB1240, a bill to protect Hawai`i reef wildlife, comes at a perfectly ironic time, as the Hokuleʻa basks in accomplishment, bringing it’s message of hope and Mālama Honua home. Meanwhile, the current Director of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Suzanne Case, claims that it is “premature to consider a ban before more studies are done.” Why should anyone listen to the very agency that has failed for decades to evaluate the environmental effects, neglected to collect data or use precaution when allowing commercial aquarium trade and trafficking of reef wildlife in Hawaiʻi.

Now is not the time to wait and see but the time to leap to action in the hopes of protecting local Reefs from further degradation. Many Senators and Representatives have evaluated this measure and decided that it is sound. Many passionate organizations and individuals have labored to ensure that this becomes law now. We all need to stand together and let our Governor know that we support this law so he can say no to the forces that are asking for a VETO. Contact Governor Ige today!! Go to the website: governor.hawaii.gov (select the contact tab & select comment on legislation SB1240) Or call : (808) 586-0034.

Lisa Hinano Rey


Updated info for remote access to tonight’s meeting

If you wish to attend tonight’s meeting at 7:00 via conference call please use the following updated teleconference information : dial in 712-451-0200 access code: 938390 Join the online (video) meeting: Online Meeting Link: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/dph2017 Online meeting Id- dph2017    


Please attend our April General Membership Meeting

REMINDER Our Next General Membership meeting is: WEDNESDAY, April 05, 2017 @7pm Democratic Party Headquarters 627 South Street Honolulu Join us to discuss Environmental issues in Hawaii and get an update on the latest Environmental Legislation. Light refreshments will be … Continue reading