Kokua alert from one of our members

One of our members, Marjorie Ziegler, asked us to pass on this public hearing information regarding Monk Seal Protection. Here it is.


Aloha, everyone.  I hope you can attend the town hall meeting or public hearing to learn how we can all work together to save the critically endangered ‘ilioholoikauaua/Hawaiian monk seal.  Please learn about the issues and speak out on behalf of our seal.  Mahalo nui loa.

NOAA Fisheries Service invites you to join us for public meetings.  We will be holding two types of meetings:  Town Hall Meetings and Public Hearings.

TOWN HALL MEETINGS – Informal Question and Answer
NOAA Fisheries Service staff will provide a presentation on the status of monk seals and proposed recovery actions draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS), and then be available to answer community questions and talk story about monk seal recovery.  For your convenience, at least two town hall sessions will be offered on each island. **Please note: These are informational meetings only; we cannot take public comments for the record at these meetings.

PUBLIC HEARINGS – Formal Hearing for Public Comments
NOAA Fisheries service staff will provide a brief presentation about the draft PEIS and then receive comments for the public record. The first 30 minutes will be an informal open-house where folks can talk story with NOAA scientists and managers involved in monk seal recovery.

Town Hall Meetings
Saturday, August 20; 3:00-5:30pm & 6:00-9:00pm
Ke’ehi Boat Club, 4 Sand Island Access Rd., Honolulu, HI

Public Hearing

Monday, September 12; 5:30-8:30pm
Central Union Church, 1660 South Beretania St., Honolulu, HI

Town Hall Meetings
Monday, August 22; 2:00-4:30pm & 5:00-8:00pm
Hale Mahaolu Hale Kupuna, 1144 Ilima Ave., Lanai City, HI

No Public Hearing

Town Hall Meetings

Wednesday, August 24; 3:00-5:30pm & 6:00-9:00pm
Hale Mahaolu Home Pumehana, 290 Kolapa Place, Kaunakakai, HI

Public Hearing

Tuesday, September 13; 6:00-9:00pm
Hale Mahaolu Home Pumehana, 290 Kolapa Place, Kaunakakai, HI

Town Hall Meetings
Saturday, August 27; 3:00-5:30pm & 6:00-9:00pm
UH Maui College, Pilina Building Multi-purpose Room, 310 Kaahumanu Ave., Kahului, HI

Public Hearing

Thursday, September 15; 6:00-9:00pm
Kihei Community Recreation Center, 303 East Lipoa Rd., Kihei, HI

Town Hall Meetings (2 locations)

Tuesday, August 30; 5:30-9:00pm
Keaukaha Elementary School Cafeteria, 240 Desha St., Hilo, HI

Wednesday, August 31; 3:00-5:30pm & 6:00-9:00pm
West Hawai’i Civic Center, Community Meeting Hale, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy., Kailua-Kona, HI

Public Hearing

Wednesday, September 14; 6:00-9:00pm
Mokupapapa Discovery Center, 308 Kamehameha Ave., Suite 109, Hilo, HI

Town Hall Meetings (2 locations)

Friday, September 2; 5:30-9:30pm
Hanalei Elementary School, 5-5415 Kuhio Hwy., Hanalei, HI

Saturday, September 3; 3:00-5:30pm & 6:00-9:00pm
Hanapepe Public Library, 4490 Kona Rd., Hanapepe, HI

Public Hearings
Saturday, September 17; 9:00am-12:00pm & 4:00-7:00pm
Wilcox Elementary School, 4319 Hardy St., Lihue, HI

NOAA Fisheries Service is pleased to announce the availability of the Draft Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Actions Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for public review and comment.  NOAA Fisheries Service is proposing to implement specific management and research actions for endangered Hawaiian monk seal recovery in the Hawaiian Islands.  In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), NOAA Fisheries Service prepared the PEIS to evaluate reasonable alternatives, potential impacts, and proposed mitigation for this action.  A link to the draft PEIS can be found on the project website at:  http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/eis/hawaiianmonkseal.htm
Public Comment Period: Comments on the Draft Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Actions PEIS will be accepted until October 17, 2011 and can be submitted in writing and mailed to NOAA Fisheries Service, Pacific Islands Regional Office, Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Actions PEIS at 1601 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 1110, Honolulu, HI 96814 or e-mailed to monkseal@noaa.gov.

Mahalo for your interest and participation in the Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Actions PEIS!

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