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).
In a TED talk by Eric Liu entitled: “Why Ordinary People Need to Understand Power” – Liu asserts, “We need to make civics sexy again. As sexy as it was during the American Revolution or the Civil Rights Movement.” At Surfrider Oahu we agree that you getting involved in making decsions for our State is of the utmost importance for creating a world that we want to call home into the future.
Civics IS Sexy is a free to the public particpatory workshop promoting effective community engagement in the Hawai‘i State Legislature. The process of creating, following, and testifying on important issues in our society can be overwhelming, but the Surfrider Foundation’s Oahu Chapter, Hawai‘i Center For Food Safety, and Kokua Hawai‘i Foundation want to help you navigate these unfamiliar waters. Join us for a Saturday at the Capitol and we will walk you through the process with details on how to use the State’s legislative website, gather information through the public access room, and give in-person testimony in front of a panel of legislatures. You’ll also be able to connect with a wide variety of communities and organizations doing extraordinary work to make Hawai‘i a better place.
Join us for a day of inspiring guest speakers, interactive discussions, hands on training, and a free lunch for all participants.
Bring a laptop, tablet, or internet ready device to follow along!
The doors open for sign-in and networking at 9:30AM, with the event officially beginning at 10AM
- Hawaii State Capitol – 415 South Beretania Street. Room 325. Honolulu, HI 96813
So stoked to announce that Uber Hawaii is supporting us through a special promocode with our name: surfrideroahu … What does that mean? Using that code your first Uber ride is free and $5 of the ride’s proceeds are donated back to our Surfrider chapter.
Thanks Uber for reaching out to us and making this partnership happen!
Aloha Surfrider Volunteers!
We are excited to announce our first beach cleanup of the year at Oneula Beach, in Ewa on January 31st from 10-12. We’ll start checking you in at 9:30 and lunch will follow. This cleanup will be part of a statewide effort that focusses on upcoming State legislation aiming to curb the amounts of cigarette butts, EPS foam pieces, plastic bags, and plastic particles that contaminate our beaches and near shore resources. So, after you join us this weekend for our Civics IS Sexy workshop to understand how to navigate the legislative process and empower our communities to make sustainable change, then join us on January 31st to get your hands dirty and clean the beach! We will have big groups joining us from 808 Cleanups, Pacific Air Cargo, Aloha Contract Services, Energy Excelerator, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and local school groups.
Bring a friend who has never been to a cleanup and get involved with the new year of Surfrider events and campaigns. You can RSVP for this event on our Facebook Invite Page Here.
Dear Surfriders, we are pleased to announce our new location for Surfrider Oahu Chapter’s Monthly General Meeting. Join us at ProtoHUB this Wednesday, September 3rd from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. We are very excited about ProtoHUB since it is a place designed to bring Honolulu’s brightest and forward thinking minds together. We are honored to take part!
ProtoHUB 458 Keawe St, Honolulu, HI, 2nd floor
Our meeting will be potluck style, please bring your favorite dish!
This month we will call for John Kelly Environmental Achievement awards nominations. We will be nominating a Local Business, a Professional Surfer and Lifetime Achievement. Bring your nominees to the table!
We will also be discussing our Ocean Friendly Gardens and Rise Above Plastics campaigns.
See you on Wednesday!
ProtoHUB 458 Keawe St, Honolulu, HI, 2nd floor
Join Surfrider Foundation Oahu Chapter, RevoluSun, and Hawaii Ecotourism Association this Saturday for a Sandy Beach Cleanup. Sign-ins beginning at 9:45 with awesome tshirts (see profile picture for design) going out to the first 100 volunteers. Spread the word, bring a group, and help us educate and reduce plastic use in Hawai`i!