Oahu Chapter


!! 2021 Priority bills !! 

2021 Surfrider Supported State Bills Of Priority

SB582: Regarding plastic pollution
HB431, HB596,SB473, HB597, SB474, HB554, SB503: Regarding sea level rise disclosure in real estate transactions
HB433, HB6, SB666, SB1312, SB805: Regarding visitor green fees
SB350: Regarding water quality

Lower Priority Supported Bills

HB134: carbon fees
HB114, SB368: cesspools
HB423, SB968: establishment of a Department of the Environment
SB502: green amendment in State Constitution
HB246: seawalls
SB291: state lands
HB102, SB20: sunscreens
HB112, SB369: wastewater

Contact us for more information on bill detail and submitting written and oral testimonies!

Civics = Empowerment & Engagement

This page is designed to empower and guide you to become part of an activated and engaged community.  Throughout the page are ways that you can:

Learn how to submit testimony for active bills
(Update for 2021 session: use these instructions for virtual state testimony)
Follow current Oʻahu legislation that Surfrider is supporting
Take the first step in exercising your voice as a citizen of Oʻahu


Upcoming Opportunities to get involved!

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, all Surfrider events are currently virtual, as well as legislative meetings.  The legislative session in Hawaiʻi started on January 20th, so see below for bills that our chapter is supporting!  Check out our calendar for virtual events coming up!

For 2021, our legislative priorities at Surfrider include beach protection and access, water quality, and climate change.  If you have ideas or want to get involved email us! 


State Level Engagement Steps:

Step 1: Create your account

Creating an account on the Hawai‘i State Capitol website is easy! Once created you can log-in to find your Senators & Representatives, follow bills, and submit written testimony.  The info-graphic below also shows you the 8 simple steps for submitting testimony in less than 5 minutes.

Step 2: Following Bills

Add the bills from the top of the page to your hearing notifications and get email reminders about their progress!

City & County Bills:

1. Bill 2 and Bill 65: These bills just passed and have become law thanks to the hard work and support of Surfrider's volunteers and community engagement!

Step 3: Submitting Testimony

Submitting online testimony can take as little as 2 minutes! Clicking "support" or "oppose" can make a difference for a bill,  but take it a step further and explain your opinions or attach a longer document.  Submitting testimony can show how engaged the community is on any issue, and be the deciding factor in decision making!

Tips for Creating Powerful Testimony
Written and In-Person

  • Know the subject matter! Read up on the issue- and the legislation in question- in order to make comments that are relevant and meaningful.
  • Know your audience! Who are you trying to influence with your comments? Emphasize aspects of your position that will resonate with the target group or lawmaker.
  • Know the rules! If speaking at a public hearing, make sure you're aware of the procedure and any speaking rules.  Check websites or give the lawmakers office a call beforehand. 

Step 4: Staying Updated

If you want to get regular updates about city council hearings and important information, click this link!

Inspiration From A Recent Success Story: Bill 40


In the winter of 2019 mayor Kirk Caldwell signed into law the strongest and most comprehensive plastic bans in the country! Now enacted as Ordinance 19-30, or the Disposable Foodware Ordinance, this is a huge win for Oʻahu, and sets a precedent that many states are bound to follow.  For more information on what Bill 40 entails, see our FAQ!

[From left to right] Surfrider Chair Ray Aivazian, former Hawaiʻi Regional Manager Stuart Coleman, Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Surfrider Oʻahu Chapter Coordinator Doorae Shin, and Beach Cleanup Coordinator Ileana Ing celebrating bill 40 becoming law!

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