Category Archives: Caucus Announcements

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 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.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +16699006833,,161542974# or +19294362866,,161542974#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 929 436 2866
Meeting ID: 161 542 974
International numbers available:

Next Caucus Meeting – March 26

The next Environmental Caucus meeting will be on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 6:00 pm.  Please see the Calendar page for more details.

On February 26, Thursday, the ECDPH will talk story with DLNR appointee Carlton Ching

Please join our ECDPH General membership at a informational

Q & A with DLNR Appointee Carlton Ching

When: February 26, Thursday at 6 p.m.

Where: 45 N. King St., 5th floor (street parking and free parking in the building after 6pm)

Please RSVP by February 25, Wednesday to or call Juanita @ 330-6224. seating limited

Help us plan to protect and  preserve the future for  Hawaii’s  Natural Resources

Next Caucus Meeting 2/26

The next Environmental Caucus meeting will be on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 6:00 pm.  Please see the Calendar page for more details.

Biannual General Meeting and Election of Officers

Please Join

The Environmental Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi

At its Biannual General Meeting and Election of Officers

The meeting will take place during the State Democratic Convention

May 26, 2012

6:00 p.m.

Sheraton Waikiki ·

2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

 (Please visit Convention Information desk or

Environmental Caucus Table for exact room number)

All Caucus Members are encouraged to be present at this general meeting,

so you need not be a delegate at the State Convention to attend.

Neighbor Island member may attend via phone and/or internet

Contact for password and login informatiom

We will be electing our Officers for the next two years.

Positions up for reelection include:


Vice Chair



At Large One

At Large Two

At Large Three

Oahu County Distric 1 Representative*

Oahu County Distric 2 Representative*

East Hawaii County Representative*

West Hawaii County Representative*

Maui County Representative*

Molokai County Representative*

Lanai County Representative*

Kauai County Representative*

(*Must live in the county/district they represent)

If you are interested in serving on our Executive Committee,

you may review officer qualifications and duties on our website

Look under documents/bylaws

 or simply google Environmental Caucus Hawaii

Reminder – Food Security Form 6pm today at Olelo Mapunapuna

You are all invited to participate in a Food Security Forum this evening at 6pm at Mapunapuna Olelo, 1122 Mapunapuna Street, Honolulu, HI (808) 834-0007

Come listen to experts discuss what needs to be done to shift Hawaiiʻs agriculture from big farms, plantation style to diversified ag that grows food for Hawaii.

this can make the difference between eating and starving when our supply lines are disrupted by natural disaster, terrorism or transportation strikes.

Food Securtity 101–An Environmetal Caucus Forum to air on Channel 49

The Environmental Caucus
of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i presents

The First of a Four Part Series
An Introduction to Food Security in Hawaiʻi Nei

Why is food security such a hot topic at the capital?
What exactly does it mean to be food secure and how venerable is our State?
Please join this live 90-minute call in discussion with some of the States top experts. You may attend either in person or from the comfort of your own home. Call in information will be provided during the event.

This event will air on cable channel 49
March 14, 2012
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

or join us in person at
‘Ōlelo Māpunapuna Community Media Center
1122 Māpunapuna Street, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96819

Neighbor Islanders may attend though
Livestream available at:
Channel 49

Topics and featured speakers

The Agricultural Renaissance: Esther Kia‘āina & Giorgio Caldarone, Kamehameha Schools
Ho‘omaopopo Na Mea Ai (Defining Food Self-Sufficiency): Representative Faye Hanohano, Hawai‘i State Legislature
Variables in Food Security: George Kent, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Hawai‘i

Moderated by Gary Hooser
Director Office of Environmental Quality Control

General Caucus Mtg and House Congressional Candidate Roundtable.

In order to allow more people to view our upcoming Congressional Candidate Roundtable on February 29, we have arranged to hold the entire event at Olelo’s Mapunapuna Station. In this way the roundtable can be viewed Statewide on channel 53 from 7:00 pm to 8:30, and neighbor Island members unable to attend in person may call in with questions during this live broadcast.

This is a first for us, and we would like to thank Olelo for helping us pull together this last minute change. Being able to broadcast live statewide is a opportunity we simply couldn’t pass up.

A reminder of our original email invitation follows:

Democratic congressional candidates, Bob Marx, Rafael Del Castillo, and Esther Puakela Kiaaina, have consented to join the Environmental Caucus’s next General meeting to discuss their national environmental concerns. We hope that you can join us as well. (Mufi Hannemann was also invited, but he is unable to attend due to a prior engagement. Tulsi Gabbard originally accepted our invitation, but has since discovered a schedule conflict and will no be able to attend. We have only invited officially declared democratic candidates, and undeclared candidates will not be represented.)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Time: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
(special note: Congressional Broadcast beings at 7:00, so if you are on the neighbor islands and wish to attend the first hour of our general meeting, you will need to use our gotomeeting connection as usual. Contact if you need the meeting login and password.)

Olelo’s Māpunapuna Community Media Center
1122 Mapunapuna Street, Honolulu, HI 96819
(Best bus route: #3 Salt Lake)
For directions and map, visit

We will spend the first fifty minute reporting on Caucus concerns, including our May elections, SCC nominations, upcoming resolutions, and important environmental bills that are currently working their way through our State Capital. We hope that all our official members will come by during that first hour to cast their votes and help us move forward with a quorum of votes.

At 7:00 pm that same evening, we will begin to broadcast an open “Townhall” with our candidates. All attending candidates will have up to ten minutes to speak about their primary environmental concerns. Following their presentations, we will open up the room for questions from the audience and callers.

Here are just a few of the national issues we hope to discuss with our Candidates:

Natural Gas and concerns about Fracking
The Tar Sands Pipeline Controversy
Off Shore Drilling
Alaskan Wilderness Reserves
Water rights and subsidies; including Colorado River depletion
Empowering or dismembering the EPA
Alternative energy investments
Views on Climate Change: Is it Fact or Fiction?
How do we attain a sustainable future?

This is a wonderful chance to come down and meet the people who want to represent you in the US Congress.

Neighbor Island members may view the event on Channel 53, and call in with questions. The phone number will be provided during broadcast.

Environmental advocates needed

We just emailed the December Newsletter. If you didn’t get it you need to join the Environmental Caucus Mailing list

When you want to add your thoughts to an issue currently before the Environmental Council go to our discussion of issues at You will need to log into your Google account. If an issue you would like to have discussed is not in this list, or if you have problems, contact Bill Sager at

When you want to advocate for or against legislation there are two tools that are indispensable. You need to understand how to use the Hawaii Policy Portal and you need to know how to track legislation using the Legislative Reference Bureau’s website.  Email when you need help. One of the primary goals of the Environmental Caucus is to help you become a more effective Environmental Advocate.

When you are working on any environmental issue, please let us know what it is.  If it is an issue the Environmental Caucus supports, we can help you.  There is strength in numbers, and our goal is to Malama Hawaii by supporting the environmental community’s advocacy efforts, initiating our own legislation when needed, enabling a strong environmental commitment in the Democratic Party platform and by developing a strong cadre of environmental advocates.  We need to work together.

Environmental Caucus of the Democratic Party – In the news

The Solar Industry vs. HECO – Not So Hostile
Flickr: US Army Environmental Command

It wasn’t a boxing match. But representatives from Hawaiian Electric Co. and the solar industry presented opposing visions of Hawaii’s clean energy future Monday at a meeting sponsored by the Environmental Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii.