A huge Mahalo to all the volunteers who attended our Kahuku Beach Cleanup in partnership with Sustainable Coastlines & Kupu

April 6th, 2014
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Join the Surfrider Foundation Oahu Chapter as we partner with Kupu, Sustainable Coastlines and Ki’ele for an Earth Day Mauka to Makai Cleanup 2014.  We will be cleaning Kahuku Beach on April 19th, 2014 from 9am to 11:30am.  Please park at Kahuku High School, cross the highway and walk to Puulana St. (as you follow the signs).

This will be a very fun event in the sun!  Please make sure to bring sunscreen, gloves and good energies!



Hooray! HB 2554 has been deferred

March 27th, 2014
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We have great news from our friends at the Save our Kaka’ako Coalition.  Please read below for their email blast :

Horray!, HB 2554 has been deferred by the Senate Hawaiian Affairs committee. I believe it was because of strong, and at times, passionate testimony. Friends of Kewalos placed a 12 inch stack of petitions from 2006 till now, right on the table along with a 6 foot long scroll of petitions which had a major visual impact. At the end of the hearing, addressing the crowd, 3 senators spoke with conviction supporting our cause. An uproar of applause followed each Senator. This is the first sign of a change of heart from the legislators. I hope it is a sign of more good things to come.
However, the other bill SB 3122 is still alive.  It is slated to be heard by the House Finance Committee any day now.  If it does occur, we need to have a tremendous turnout with the same passionate testimony to kill it just like HB2554. If we kill it here then we can breather a little easier. However, as you know anything can happen. Please check your email for the notice of hearing and make it a point to atend in your red shirt.
Preparing for the worst, we have already started to plan a Capitol Rally on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Please save the date. We are trying to see if we can bus people in.  If anyone can help with this please contact us @ info@kewalo.org.
The online petition is up to 991 and counting. Now is the time to push it even more.  Let us surpass the 1000 mark and more!

Mahalo for all your testimonies, signing the petitions, letters to your legislators, etc. and your committment to keep KM for all the People to enjoy. We can do this!

Save our Kaka ‘ako Coalition


Join us on March 22nd from 10am to 12pm at Kailua Beach Park for a World Water Day Beach Cleanup!

March 11th, 2014
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Residential Highrises coming to Kaka ‘ako Makai (please submit testimony)

February 10th, 2014
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Dear friends, please read below and submit testimony.  Our friends at Friends of Kewalos have been fighting to preserve the Kawalo basin for a long time and they need our help.

Aloha Friends,

Residential Highrises coming to Kaka ‘ako Makai.

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has introduced 2 bills (HB 2544 and SB 3122) that are asking to allow residential highrises on their land in KM.  They got this land in April of 2012 from the State of Hawaii to satisfy a long standing debt.  If these bills become law, we will have another Waikiki in making on this last public oceanfront land in Honolulu.  All of our hard work we did in 2006 to work with the legislators who passed unanimously except for one vote, the law to Prohibit Residential development, would be for nothing.   This law stands today, protecting this precious land for public use.

Friends of Kewalos encourages you to attend the public hearing to express your opposition to SB 3122 on Wednesday, February 12 @ 3:30 pm Room 224, State Capitol.  If you cannot attend please send in written testimony to oppose SB 3122 @ mailto:HWNtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov?subject=Testimony%20in%20Opposition%20to%20SB%203122

Below find FOK’s testimony to use as a guide.  Below that is the hearing notice.  Go for it and make a difference


<Friends testimony >

Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs, Senator Maile S. L. Shimabukuro, Chair

February 12, 2014 @ 3:30 pm

Conference room 224, State Capitol

Testimony in opposition to SB 3122

Friends of Kewalos is a non-profit community group dedicated to Protect, Preserve, and Malama Kewalo Basin Park and the surrounding Kaka‘ako shoreline area to ensure continued ocean access and the ability to enjoy the area for future generations to come.

Public policy for the Kaka‘ako Makai lands was established in 2006 as a result of a huge People’s movement called “Save our Kaka‘ako”.  People of all ages and walks of life marched to the Capitol with our red shirts and had numerous rallies which resulted in a near unanimous legislative passage of a law prohibiting residential development in Kaka‘ako Makai.

Our worst fear is if an exception is allowed to build residential then other landowners will ask for exceptions too and before you know it the law is void and we have another Waikiki in the making.  It is too late for Waikiki, but not too late for Kaka‘ako.

In addition, with all the development coming to the Mauka area, it has become more imperative that we keep this land for public use.

We stand by this law, and we hope you do too, to keep this last public oceanfront land in Honolulu residential free for all the people to enjoy, now and for future generations.

Mahalo for this opportunity to testify and share our manao.

Ron Iwami
President, Friends of Kewalos

<Hearing Notice>



Senator Maile S.L. Shimabukuro, Chair
Senator Clayton Hee, Vice Chair
Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair
Senator Sam Slom, Vice Chair


DATE: Wednesday, February 12, 2014
TIME: . 3:30 p.m.
PLACE: Conference Room 224
State Capitol
415 South Beretania Street


SB 3122
Status & Testimony
Requires OHA to conduct a public hearing on any plan or proposal for any residential development in Kakaako prior to submission of the plan or proposal to the HCDA.

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

Click here to submit testimony to the Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs.

Testimony may be submitted up to 24 hours prior to the start of the hearing.

FOR AMENDED NOTICES: Measures that have been deleted are stricken through and measures that have been added are underscored. If a measure is both underscored and stricken through, that measure has been deleted from the agenda.

If you require auxiliary aids or services to participate in the public hearing process (i.e. ASL or foreign language interpreter, or wheelchair accessibility), please contact the committee clerk at least 24 hours prior to the hearing so that arrangements can be made.


Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz
Senator Maile S.L. Shimabukuro

Attend our Rain Garden Workshop on Thursday, February 27th from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the Capitol One 360 Cafe in Waikiki & Rain Garden Build on Saturday March 1st

February 1st, 2014
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Hui o Koolaupoko and Surfrider Foundation will be presenting a Rain Garden Workshop on Thursday, February 27th from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the Capitol One 360 Cafe in Waikiki (1958 Kalakaua Ave.) followed by a rain garden build on Saturday, March 1st from 9:00 am - noonish in Kailua.

The workshop will cover all aspects of designing and building a rain garden in your yard. The workshop will help you to determine a good site for your rain garden; how to conduct an infiltration test and sizing your rain garden accordingly; laying out your design; plant selection; purchasing materials and installation process; and maintenance of your rain garden.  Then in the following rain garden build we will apply what we learned in the workshop and go through the process of actually building a rain garden.

All are welcome to attend either the workshop or the build and it is encouraged that you attend both!

Workshop: If you would like to attend the workshop, please RSVP to the Facebook event (www.facebook.com/events/738686402809153/).

Also, if are able to bring a computer or tablet, please visit www.huihawaii.org/resources to download a copy of the Hawaii Residential Rain Garden Manual to follow along with during the workshop.

Hard copies of the manual will also be available for purchase for $15. Although it is helpful to have the manual to follow along with during the workshop and for future reference, it is not critical that you have a copy.

Food and beverages are available for purchase at the Capitol One 360 Cafe during the workshop. Parking in the Capitol One parking lot is limited so please carpool if possible. Additional parking is available in the Fort DeRussy parking lot for $7/day.

Build: If you would like to participate in the rain garden build, please email annie@huihawaii.org to RSVP and get more specific information about the event.

email annie@huihawaii.org with questions


Get involved with Surfrider Oahu! Every first Wednesday of the month at Paki Hale, 6:30pm

February 1st, 2014
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Come get involved with the Surfrider Foundation!  Join us every first WEDNESDAY, for the monthly Oahu Chapter General Meeting from 6:30pm - 8:30pm at Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815.

We will be going over all of our upcoming events and look to see you there.  All are welcome! Also, please carpool as parking is limited.

If you are interested in becoming a member in 2013 or want to renew your membership, just visit our website at oahu.surfrider.org to find out about how you can get involved.
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The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and preservation of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 members and 63 chapters across the country and around the world. The Oahu Chapter has been working on issues of beach access, water quality, coastal preservation and plastic marine debris. For more information, go towww.surfrider.org/oahu.

Support for HB 325, Hawai’i State Smoking Ban, needed now!

January 20th, 2014
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Join Plastic Free Hawaii for a MLK Beach Cleanup, January 20th

January 7th, 2014
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Plastic Free Hawai’i & the Kokua Hawaii Foundation invites you to join us at one of three Marthin Luther King beach cleanups.  The Surfrider Foundation Oahu Chapter will be at Waimanalo Beach Park. Check in at 8:30am and Cleanup from 9:00am to 11:00am.  Make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and your re-usable water bottle.


Surfrider Foundation, Oahu Chapter Would Like to Wish You A Happy New Year!

January 2nd, 2014
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Happy New Year to our Surfrider ohana - all our members, volunteers and partners. We are so grateful for all that you do to support Surfrider and we want to send a big Mahalo to all those that contributed to our many causes this year. We had some incredible successes and many memorable events. Some of our big accomplishments in 2013 include:

- After the Big Island banned smoking on its beaches and parks last year, the Oahu Chapter helped pass a bill to create Smoke-Free Beaches & Parks on Oahu, and now the Maui Chapter hopes to do the same.

- The Surfrider Quad Club at the University of Hawaii helped pass a ban on EPS foam food service products on its campus, and Oahu and the other chapters will be seeking to reduce the use of toxic EPS Foam products at the state and county levels.

- Statewide, the Hawaii Chapters helped repeal the bill creating the Public Lands Development Corporation (PLDC), a shadowy government agency that would have allowed private corporations to develop public land.

- Another fantastic John Kelly Awards fundraiser party! Check out our Facebook page to see pictures from the event!

Some of our ongoing campaigns include the fight for beach access at Laniakea, the ongoing cases that scrutinize the building of massive new hotels which violate Waikiki’s zoning laws for height, density and shoreline setback and support for the campaign to protect Kakaako from being overdeveloped without adequate infrastructure.

We are looking forward to another great year in 2014! We have many ongoing campaigns and many new ones to look forward to. We also wanted to recognize the hard work of this year’s Executive Committee as well as welcome the new members of the 2014 Executive Committee:

2013 Executive Committee Members
Chair - Steve Mazur
Vice Chair - Annie Lovell and Gene Bennett
Treasurer - Ruey Hwu
Secretary - Ken Sentner
Volunteer Coordinator - Aydee Zielke
Beach Clean Coordinator - James McCay
Education Coordinator / RAP Campaign Lead - Leilei Shih
Member at Large - Eric Zielke
Member at Large - Roxanne Rivero

NEW 2014 Executive Committee Members
Chair - Marvin Heskett
Vice Chair - Gene Bennett
Treasurer - Ruey Hwu
Secretary - Ken Sentner
Volunteer Coordinator - Matt Moore
Beach Clean Up Coordinator - James McCay
Member at Large - Marina Rottmueller

We will resume our beach clean ups in January…more information will be sent out in the beginning of January. We will also continue our general meetings every first Wednesday of the month and our first meeting in the new year will be Wednesday, February 5th.

Please read our emails or check out our website or Facebook page to keep up to date with our events and campaigns!

Again, thank you for your support and have a happy new year! See you in 2014!

SF Oahu Chapter

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 9th - Haleiwa Beach Cleanup

November 1st, 2013
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