Surfrider Oahu would like to invite you on its first #PreservingSacredPlaces Community Connections of the year with Kailua Beach Adventures. On Thursday Feb 26th we will be taken on a fully guided and hands-on kayak excursion to the Mokes to help restore and protect endangered seabird habitat. Led by DLNR and Kailua Beach Adventure eco guides, you’ll have the opportunity to travel out to the beautiful Mokulua Islands and work to preserve this amazing protected habitat. Lunch will be provided.
Please only RSVP if you are sure to make it as space is limited.
We are excited to announce two great opportunities for you to help us achieve our mission of protecting the North Shore while also giving yourself the chance to win two free tickets to Jack Johnson’s upcoming concerts at the Waikiki Shell on August 1st and 2nd.
Pūpūkea Paumalū Community Stewardship:
Please join us on July 26th from 9:00 to 11:30 am at the Sunset Beach Community Park (adjacent to Sunset Elem.) for a family-friendly community work day at the Pūpūkea Paumalū State Park Reserve. Stewardship activities will include removing invasive species and rubbish, and planting over 300 native plants in some badly eroded areas. Additionally, NSCLT will provide the necessary supplies for kids to decorate new picnic tables that will subsequently be placed somewhere nice in the Park Reserve. Please bring any tools that you think would be helpful for the activities we have planned (gloves, handsaws, pickaxes, shovels, weedwackers, etc.). We will provide light refreshments and snacks and a lucky volunteer will be randomly selected to win two tickets to Jack Johnson’s upcoming concert. If you would like to participate in this community workday please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can’t make the Workday, but still want to support us and see Jack play?
Not to worry, you can still do so by participating in our upcoming Pledge Drive!
NSCLT is proud to share that we are teaming up with Jack Johnson on his 2014 From Here To Now To You Tour and All At Once, a social action network connecting nonprofits with people who want to become active in their local and world community. All At Once comes to life online at www.AllAtOnce.org and at the Jack Johnson concerts where you can get educated, get inspired, and connect face-to-face with us and other local and national non-profits. All At Once promotes sustainable local food systems and plastic free initiatives and encourages action through the Capture Your Commitment campaign.
Pledge Drive Details: Jack Johnson’s charity is matching donations contributed to us up to a total of $2500. Make a contribution right now and your money will be doubled by the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation! You can also win two tickets to see Jack play by participating in NSCLT’s pledge drive from now through July 25th 2014. The person who is able to secure the highest amount of pledged funds will receive two free tickets to the August 1st show and the person who is able to gather the highest number of pledges, regardless of the total dollar amount, will receive two free tickets to the August 2nd show.
Your Support Matters! Your pledges of support will help North Shore Community Land Trust’s exciting initiatives including the Second Annual North Shore Food Summit (September 11th and 12th 2014), Mālama Kawela-Kahuku Conservation Partnership, Pūpūkea Paumalu Community Stewardship, and
Land Conservation Throughout the North Shore Region.
For Pledge Drive Details or any questions please contact Tim Tybuszewski at email@example.com.
A Tale of Two Futures:
The Choice Is Ours
As we celebrate Independence Day this weekend, we hope you will support our Two Futures campaign to move our state toward more energy independence. Hawaii is at a crossroads, and we have a choice to determine what kind of energy future we want.
Do we stick with the status quo and our continued Dependence on Oil? This will lead to more climate change, sea level rise and ocean acidification. Or do we pursue Energy Independence and clean renewable sources like solar, wind and biofuels? This path will lead to less climate change, a more stable economy and a healthier environment.
Hawaii is particularly vulnerable because the state is the most dependent on fossil fuels and has the highest utility rates in the country (more than three times the national average). The state consumes 5 million gallons of oil everyday, while spending $5-7 billion a year on imported fossil fuels.
On April 28th, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) issued a strong condemnation of HECO’s failure to plan a better transition to clean energy. Saying the existing plan was “not in the public interest,” the PUC set a deadline of Aug. 26th for HECO to redesign a realistic strategy to decrease the use of dirty, expensive fossil fuels and allow for more clean, renewable energy.
To kick off the countdown, the Surfrider Foundation and a coalition of groups has joined the PUC in demanding HECO to come up with a better energy plan. We also came up with a provocative poster and campaign called “A Tale of Two Futures: The Choice Is Ours.”
The graphic images show the stark contrasts between our existing “Dependence on Oil” (featuring world champion bodysurfer Mark Cunningham) and our potential for “Energy Dependence” (featuring world longboard champion Kelia Moniz).
What kind of future do you want to leave for your kids and what will you do to change our current course? The choice really is ours if we demand it. As Gandhi once said, “When the people lead, the leaders will follow.”
Learn more and sign the petition at: www.hawaiitwofutures.com
The Hawaiʻi State Legislature passed a bill authorizing the State to invest $40 million in the perpetual conservation of 665 acres of coastal lands on the North Shore of Oʻahu from Kawela Bay to Kahuku Point.The passage of HB 2434 by the State House of Representatives by a vote of 49-2 ensures that this priceless five-mile wild coastline will be preserved forever as a refuge for wildlife and future generations.Perpetual public access to the shoreline and along an extensive network of coastal recreational trails will provide residents and visitors with the unique opportunity to enjoy and mālama this special place.As always, there is more work to be done, but please join us and the State Legislature in celebrating this milestone. Please take a minute to thank the our Senators and Representatives for helping make this happen by emailing “MAHALO for protecting Kawela to Kahuku” to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.THANK YOU for dreaming big, working together, and believing with us . . . together we can accomplish amazing things.
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 @ firstname.lastname@example.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
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Surfrider Oahu is partnering again to help with Barefoot Wine’s Beach Rescue Project!
From Saturday 9am through noon, we’ll be at Magic Island, 1201 Ala Moana Blvd Honolulu, HI 96814
Look out for the blue Surfrider tent, Diamond Head side closest to Ala Moana Mall by the lake.
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10-12 Magic Island Beach and Park Rescue!
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Here is Angela Huntemer’s Editorial in the Honolulu Star Advertiser – Turtle Bay expansion threatens endangered animals, plants
Editorial in the Honolulu Star Advertizer
Turtle Bay expansion threatens endangered animals, plants
By Angela Huntemer
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 16, 2013
After careful review and consultation with biologists, I strongly contend that Turtle Bay Resort’s surveys of flora and fauna, in its draft supplemental environmental impact statement (DSEIS), are incomplete and inaccurate.
They do not address:
» The issues of animals and plants listed under the Endangered Species Act; Hawaiian monk seals, green sea turtles, Hawaiian stilts, moorhens, coots, ducks, ohai (sesbania-tomentosa) and others.
» The presence of migratory birds such as bristle thighed curlews, golden plovers, wandering tattlers, ruddy turnstones, sanderlings, dowitchers, yellowlegs and others protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
» The presence, and sensitivity to light, of shearwaters and petrels.
The surveys also:
» Deny that the property contains or is adjacent to critical habitat.
» Did not attempt inventories of invertebrates or freshwater aquatic resources.
» Assume that Hawaiian owls and bats are not present. Best practices are to assume they are present, since their presence is documented on adjacent properties (at the First Wind project and James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge).
» Did not investigate “the fragile ecosystem” of Punahoolapa Marsh and then declared that no endangered plants were found.
» Incorrectly maintain that there are no endangered plants on the property.
The DSEIS lacks discussion of preservation and restoration of dune habitat, overgrown with invasive species through neglect, a predator control program and, as suggested more than 20 years ago by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, restoration of the marsh. The existing resort has no functional education programs for staff to prevent the destruction of protected birdlife, or to coordinate wildlife emergencies with state and federal authorities.
I attended the open house event at Turtle Bay Resort last month. The consultant who did the “near shore study” was asked why he inventoried only the turtles at Kawela Bay when they are present all along the coastline. He replied that he didn’t know how to do that and asked me to explain to him how to do it. I told him it was not my job.
He was asked why he also restricted his surveys of Hawaiian monk seals to Kawela, when everyone knows they haul out and pup on the eastern end of the property. He replied that he was the first person to see a Hawaiian monk seal here in the main Hawaiian islands and was familiar with what they looked like. That’s great, but it did not answer the question.
The consultants who did the animal and plant studies were not at the open house. These are the biologists who didn’t want to investigate the plants in part of the Punahoolapa Marsh because they were afraid of disturbing the fragile ecosystem and then — guess what — didn’t find any endangered wetland plants or indeed any endangered plants anywhere on the property.
Without proper surveys of flora and fauna, impact assessment of the proposed action on the coastal wetland and dune habitats is meaningless. Mitigation in the form of undefined “education programs,” run largely by volunteers, is insufficient. This is not full disclosure.
This area of coastal wetland, while degraded by the presence of a hotel, condos and golf courses, does contain important ecosystems that are rare and fragile enough to warrant protection and restoration. Any expansion of the current footprint of Turtle Bay Resort is untenable with the presence of protected animal and plant species in the SEIS lands and incompatible with their long-term survival.
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Join us on Sunday, October 14th from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm at University Laboratory School as Captain Charles Moore makes his final stop in Hawai’i for the “The Plastic Pollution Conversation – Pacific Rim Tour 2012.” Captain Moore, author of “Plastic Ocean,” is a prominent seafaring environmentalist and researcher who shares his maritime encounters with the shocking amount of plastic debris in the Northeast Pacific Ocean, now commonly referred to as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
The goal of the Pacific Rim Tour 2012 is to raise the intensity of awareness about plastic pollution, its impact, the challenges it presents and motivate individuals and groups to effect change. He will be discussing the recently completed Algalita/5 Gyres 2012 Asia Pacific Expedition through the Western Pacific Garbage Patch and the southern edge of the 2011 tsunami material swept to sea making its way across the North Pacific Gyre.
University Laboratory School is located at 1776 University Ave. Parking is available on the lower athletic field (enter on Metcalf St.) and street parking is available on Metcalf St., Dole St., and University Ave.
Don’t miss this FREE event that is open to the public! For more info contact email@example.com.
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Monday, August 27 at 7 PM
Check out the preview: http://mindsinthewater.com/media.php
Sponsored by the Oahu Surfrider Foundation
MINDS IN THE WATER
Five years in the making, Minds In The Water is the story of one surfer’s international
journey to help protect dolphins, whales and their ocean environment. Through the
charismatic journey of one person’s life, witness an adventure spanning the globe from
Australia and the Galapagos to Tonga, Alaska and Japan. See first hand how one surfer’s
quest to protect dolphins and whales has blossomed into a movement of like minds. The
film captures a key moment in one person’s life when apathy is no longer an option.
Pro surfer Dave “Rasta” Rastovich went from an ocean minded admirer to an ocean
activist when he embarked on a personal mission to help stop the worldwide commercial
slaughter of dolphins and whales. While unsure at first, Dave quickly found his activist
sea legs and helped build a core team of filmmakers, journalists, musicians, eco-pirates,
celebrity surfers and even a professional mermaid to help spread the message. All this has
been documented in the film, Minds In The Water.
Post-film discussion with Surfrider Foundation members
Surfrider Oahu engages in various missions to protect the ocean environment
that likely has brought many of its members to Hawaii’s fine shores. This film
inspires us all to keep doing, and keep doing more. Each year, Surfrider Oahu
honors people who are working to make a positive difference in the world with the
John Kelly Award event. One recipient of this award tells his story in “Minds In The Water”.
As Dave Rastovich says: “As ocean people, it is our privilege to be the custodians of our coastlines.
The film documents our attempt at fulfilling that role as we traveled to surfing locations around the world.
Cetaceans are the ultimate and original surfers. They are our ocean kin and it is our role to do what
we can to protect their well being.” This is a must-see movie for surfers and ocean enjoyers alike.
We look forward to seeing you there and please join Surfrider to help us protect what we love.
$10 / $5 STUDENTS at the door Call 436-4326 for more info