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Just published – Our January Newsletter

Our January 13, 2013 newsletter has been published and sent to our members who are on our email list.  If you didnʻt get it, click hear to view it, and sign up to our email mailing list by clicking on … Continue reading



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 26, 2012 COMMUNITY COALITION PLEAS FOR EDUCATION AND DIALOGUE IN THE WAKE OF RECENT HAWAIIAN MONK SEAL DEATHS Honolulu, Hawai`i – In response to the series of “suspicious” Hawaiian monk seal deaths in Hawai`i, a group … Continue reading

Electricity Rates High?

Just wait till you are paying for a billion dollar plus high power electrical transmission cable to Maui.  Civil Beat looks at the numbers.  There are alternative.  We can produce the power we need right here on Oahu.

One last try to kill the worst bill in legislative history

This is posted for Hawaii Thousand Friends.  It is supported by the Environmental Caucus but is not a position of the Democratic Party.

Dirty Dozen Update & Action Alert, hopefully for the last time…

SB 2927 & SB 2398 HD2 SD1

SB 2927 is being heard in conference tomorrow; Tuesday 4/24. Also see SB 2398 below the following:

Members on Conference Committees are usually members of committees that have heard a bill — but some how, mysteriously, Speaker Calvin Say appointed members of two totally-unrelated committees – McKelvey & Pine (from Economic Revitalization and Business Committee) and Joe Souiki (Chair Transportation Committee)! In short, this move adds two more proponents of the offending bill to the Conference Committee.

Phone and email as can, the following House & Senate conferees and tell them “Do not pass any form of SB 2927.” For more specific information, see our 4/19 em blast HERE.

SB 2927 Senate Conferees; Dela Cruz (chair) who introduced the bill; Solomon, Ige (co-chairs); Fukunaga, and Kouchi.

Donovan Dela Cruz
Senate District 22 – Kunia Village, Mililani Mauka, Wahiawa. Whitmore, Hale`iwa, Mokule`ia, Waialua, Sunset Beach.
Phone 808-586-6090
Fax 808-586-6091

Malama Solomon
Senate District 1 – Waimea, Hamakua, North Hilo, Rural South Hilo, Hilo.
Phone 808-586-7335
Fax 808-586-7339
E-Mail: sensolomon@capitol.hawaii.gov

David Ige
Senator District 16 – Pacific Palisades, Pearl City, Waimalu, Upper ‘Aiea, ‘Aiea Heights.
Phone 808-586-6230
Fax 808-586-6231

Carol Fukunaga
Senator District 11 – Makiki/Punchbowl, Ala Moana, McCully.
Phone 808-586-6890
Fax 808-586-6899

NOTE: Les Ihara has been replaced by:
Kouchi, Ronald (D) – Majority Caucus Leader
Senate District 7 – Kaua’i, Ni’ihau.
Phone 808-586-6030 Fax 808-586-6031

SB 2927 House conferees: Chang, Cabanilla, McKelvey, Souki, Har Co-Chairs; Pine.

Chang, Jerry
House District 2 – South Hilo, Waiakea Kai, Kaumana, Keaukaha.
Phone 808-586-6120
Fax 808-586-6121
E-Mail: repchang@capitol.hawaii.gov

Cabanilla, Rida
House District 42 – Waipahu, Honouliuli, West Loch, Ewa.
Phone 808-586-6080
Fax 808-586-6081
E-Mail: repcabanilla@capitol.hawaii.gov

McKelvey, Angus
House District 10 – Lahaina, Kaanapali, Kapalua, Maalaea, Kihei.
Phone 808-586-6160
Fax 808-586-6161
E-Mail: repmckelvey@capitol.hawaii.gov

Souki, Joseph
House District 8 – Wailuku, Waihee, Waiehu, Puuohala, Waikapu.
Phone 808-586-9444
Fax 808-586-9499
E-Mail: repsouki@capitol.hawaii.gov

Har, Sharon
House District 40 – Royal Kunia, Makakilo, Kapolei, Kalaeloa.
Phone 808-586-8500
Fax 808-586-8504
E-Mail: rephar@capitol.hawaii.gov

Pine, kimberly
House District 43 – Ewa Beach, Iroquois Point, Puuloa.
Phone 808-586-9730
Fax 808-586-9738
E-Mail: reppine@capitol.hawaii.gov


HB 2398 HD2 SD1 (Coffman, Evans)
This terrible bill would transfer development rights of certain lands under the division of boating and ocean recreation and land division to the Public Land Development Corporation, Act 55, the law that “put in the basic wiring” for the The Dirty Dozen. Despite out best efforts, it passed and was signed into law by Governor Abercrombie last year. See Act 55 HERE. Read HB 2398 HD2 SD1 HERE.

Here, it seems that the legislature is playing poker with the public interest. Inside information tells us that SB 2398 (and other bills) are being held hostage by either the House or the Senate in order to get certain preferred bills passed. SB 2398 appears to be one of those bills. You will note that there are no Senate conferees. That is because the House conferees will meet with themselves to see if they can agree with the Senate amendments; i.e. the current bad language in the bill.

Maybe the House can agree with the Senate version — but we cannot because the exemptions are glaring. Nothing can be done to “fix” this bill and it should be shelved.

Call and/or email the following House conferees and all Senate members and ask them to kill this bill because, suffice to say here — it severely shuts out the public, thwarts due process, disfranchises citizens, corrupts public policies and generally undermines democracy.

House conferees: Chang, C. Lee, Har Co-Chairs; Coffman, Riviere.

Chang, Jerry
House District 2 – South Hilo, Waiakea Kai, Kaumana, Keaukaha
Phone 808-586-6120
Fax 808-586-6121
E-Mail: repchang@capitol.hawaii.gov

Coffman, Denny
House District 6 – North Kona, Keauhou, Kailua-Kona, Honokohau
Phone 808-586-9605
Fax 808-586-9608
E-Mail: repcoffman@capitol.hawaii.gov

Har, Sharon
House District 40 – Royal Kunia, Makakilo, Kapolei, Kalaeloa
Phone 808-586-8500
Fax 808-586-8504
E-Mail: rephar@capitol.hawaii.gov

Lee, Chris
House District 51 – Kailua, Waimanalo
Phone 808-586-9450
Fax 808-586-9456
E-Mail: repclee@capitol.hawaii.gov

Riviere, Gil
House District 46 – Kaena Point, Schofield, Mokuleia, Waialua, Haleiwa, Waimea, Pupukea, Sunset, Kahuku, Kunia Camp, Poamoho, Wheeler, Laie
Phone 808-586-6380
Fax 808-586-6381
E-Mail: repriviere@capitol.hawaii.gov

All Senators contact information HERE.


Again, it would be very helpful if you contacted Governor Abercrombie’s office and tell him you are against any version of SB 2927 and SB 2398:

The Honorable Neil Abercrombie
Phone: 808-586-0034
Fax: 808-586-0006
Email HERE

P.S. Please forward this em to your interested friends and associates,  Mahalo!


SB2277 SD1 HD1 passes out of final committee

BACKGROUND Courtesy of David Henkin, Earth Justice In 1997, when the Legislature amended the state’s endangered species law to allow for the incidental “take” (killing, harming, wounding, and harassing) of endangered and threatened species through safe harbor agreements (SHAs) and … Continue reading


Environmental Caucus of the HDP

Environmental Caucus interview with Chair Gary Hooser will be broadcast Thursday evening on Olelo Channel 52 at 5pm. Its also streaming at Olelo on Demand, search for Malama Aina with Bill Sager. Tell your friends.


Aloha Members of the Environmental Caucus of Hawai’i, As we enter this important next stage of our advocacy, the Steering Committee felt the need to set a testimony policy for those appearing on behalf of the Caucus. While individual members … Continue reading