Wednesday, February 3rd 2016, 6:30PM-8:30PM
RevoluSun Smart Home Innovation Center
￼210 Ward Ave, Ste 140, Honolulu, HI 96814
(Map on our Website Calendar)
6:00-6:30: Check In and Pot Luck
6:45-7:00: Introduce New EC members and Calendar of Events
7-7:15: Water Quality Grant Discussion
7:15-7:30: Ocean Friendly Gardens Grant Discussion
7:30-7:45: Civics Is Sexy Recap and Bills at Legislature
7:45-8:00: Kahuku Beach Clean Up, Saturday Feb. 6
8-8:15: Upcoming Events, Permablitz, Movie Night
8-8:15: Break Into Groups for Legislature, Clean Ups, Water Quality, and OFG.
8:15-8:30: Open Discussion and Social Media Minute.
Please bring a potluck dish to share with the attendees!
Aloha, everyone. The Honolulu Charter Commission will be taking action on Proposed Charter Amendment 17, which eliminates the popular Clean Water Natural Lands Fund. (The same proposal also eliminates the Affordable Housing Fund and the Grants In Aid Fund). The meeting agenda and Proposal 17 are attached.
Please save the Clean Water and Natural Lands Fund – created by the people for the people! Please testify in opposition to Proposal 17 in person if you can or submit brief written testimony opposing Proposed Charter Amendment 17.
Talking points are below. We need to defeat this proposal before it gets to the general election ballot in November. Neighbor islanders, please feel free to kokua us on O‘ahu. Please share this far and wide, and share with the affordable housing advocates too. Mahalo nui loa!
Honolulu Charter Commission Meeting:
Monday, January 25, 2016 3:30 pm
Committee Room, Honolulu Hale
Where to Find Charter Proposals
Register to Testify
Persons wishing to testify are requested to register as follows:
a. By 12 noon on the day of the meeting, emailing to <firstname.lastname@example.org> your name, phone number, and the agenda items; or
b. By filling out the registration form in person at the meeting.
Written testimony may be emailed by 12:00 noon of the day of the meeting to <email@example.com> for distribution at the meeting to members of the Charter Commission.
- I oppose Proposed Charter Amendment 17, which eliminates the Clean Water Natural Lands Fund and Affordable Housing Fund.
- The people overwhelmingly approved the Clean Water and Natural Lands Fund by charter amendment in 2006.
- This popular fund has protected thousands of acres of undeveloped land on O‘ahu, including watersheds, forests, beaches, coastal areas, agricultural lands, outdoor recreation and education lands, properties of historic or cultural significance, habitats and ecosystems, buffer zones, land necessary to reduce erosion, floods, landslides, and runoff, and public access to public land and open space.
- Community groups, nonprofit organizations, agencies, and others may apply for funding for land acquisitions or conservation easements
- The CWNL Fund is supported by half a percent of the city property tax – less than one-tenth of one precent of the entire city budget.
- The fund has leveraged millions of federal, state, and private dollars for land acquisitions that otherwise may not have been possible.
- Some of the special wahi pana and other undeveloped lands protected or proposed to be protected by the CWNL Fund include:
* ‘Aina Haina Nature Preserve
* Hakipu‘u Lo‘i Kalo
* Hawea Heiau Complex and Keawawa Wetland
* Helemano Wilderness Recreation Area
* Ka Iwi Coast Mauka Lands
* Kalauao Valley
* Kanewai Spring
* Maunawila Heiau in Hau‘ula
* Paiko Ridge
* Papahana Kuaola in He‘eia
* Pu‘ukua, Waimea Valley
* Turtle Bay and Turtle Bay Mauka
* Kahuku Golf Course area
* Kahuku Mauka Agricultural Lands
* Sunset Ranch
* Whitmore Agricultural Lands
Surfrider Oahu, The North Shore Community Land Trust (NSCLT) & the Energy Excelerator are proud to host our first cleanup of the year at Kahuku Point on Oahu’s beautiful North Shore. While a stunning landscape, this is also an area highly impacted by marine plastics and encroachment of invasive species.
In addition to our usual beach cleaning efforts, the NSCLT will be leading volunteers in an effort to remove invasive plants and put over 200 native plants back into the ground.
Saturday, February 6th 2016
LOCATION: Meet at the Turtle Bay Helipad (coordinates on this post) next to the main parking area.
Time: Check-in will begin at 8:45 AM and the first group will begin their walk out to Kahuku Point at 9AM
Clean & Restoration: 9:30-12PM
Lunch & Group Picture: 12PM
There are no facilities at the point, so please make sure to use the bathroom before you walk out and bring your own reusable water bottle (no single use plastic please).
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.
9:30 Karma Yoga warm up with Heather at Green Girl Yoga http://www.greengirlyoga.com/
10-12 Magic Island Beach and Park Rescue!
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