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