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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: 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: (select the contact tab & select comment on legislation SB1240) Or call : (808) 586-0034.

Lisa Hinano Rey

Roundup may be the most dangerous herbicide on the Planet

This post is for information and doesnʻt reflect a policy of the Democratic Party of Hawaii.

Peer review study by independent scientists shows Monsantoʻs claim that Roundup is is as safe as aspiring is a lie.  Impacts on health are broad.

Read more.

PLDC important update

For those of you who are not yet aware the Public Land Development Corporation is an agency mandated to maximize economic development projects on State Land.  Their projects are exempt from any permitting or zoning regulations.  This is among the worst legislation ever passed by the State.

Senator Thielen just announced that SB707 will be amended to make it a clean repeal bill.  We need to support this legislation provided promises are kept.

To see Senator Thielenʻs announcement click here

This is a powerful change in Senate attitude from blocking repeal to supporting it.  Thank you Senator Thielen for you hard work and negotiating skills.

The Environment Caucus steering committee has had several very interesting conversations about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and frankly they have changed my mind on the unknown dangers of GMOs.

This is a great article on GMOs and a very interesting blog. Read it and learn.


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.


Aloha members,

I thought you might find the following News Release informative…



For immediate release: March 24, 2011


HONOLULU — The Commission on Water Resource Management is extending its nomination period until Wednesday, April 6, 2011. The original application period (October 17 – November 22, 2010) ended before Governor Neil Abercrombie took office.

After being sworn in, Governor Abercrombie actively encouraged members of the public to come forward and serve on public boards and commissions. Subsequently, the Governor’s office received a number of recommendations for the Commission.

To provide the broadest range of potential candidates in the Abercrombie Administration, the Commission is extending the time to receive nominations.

The Governor’s selection will be subject to confirmation by the Hawaii State Senate. Commissioners will serve a four-year term from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2015.

Nomination application forms are available on the Commission website: For more information call (808) 587-0216.

Please submit completed application forms by April 6 to:
Commission on Water Resource Management,
1151 Punchbowl St., Rm. 227
Honolulu, Hawaii. 96813
Ph (808) 587-0214
Fax (808) 587-0219
Attn: Susan Danbara

Video: Public Private Partnerships for Forest Stewardship in Hawaii

Check it out….

State and Private Forestry from Bill Sager on Vimeo.

Short Video about Hawai’i’s Food to School Future

Growing the Future: Farm to School in Hawai’i
Produced by a UH Manoa graduate student of urban planning, this inspiring film encourages viewers to get involved in Farm to School programs in their communities.  It provides an overview of what Farm to School programs are, why they are important, and explores some of the obstacles faced in broader implementation.

Gary Hooser Confirmation Hearing

Submit testimony in support of Gary’s appointment as Director of the Office of Environmental Quality Control.

You may view the hearing notice here: