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Stories related to the use of land, water and other natural resources in Hawaii

Tapestries orange rouge  large  large City to hold meetings on Important Agricultural Lands maps
  • Announcement
Tapestries orange rouge  large  large $700,000 withdrawn from First Hawaiian Bank over Dakota Access Pipeline
  • News Report
Still2 Dakota Access Pipeline Company Attacks Native American Protesters with Dogs & Pepper Spray →
  • Link
Tapestries orange rouge  large Fear drives House push to continue East Maui stream diversion
  • News Report

Legislators side with a corporation over native stream ecosystems, taro farmers and rural communities harmed by more than a decade of stream diversions. Read More »

Bianca Isaki
Koke`e ditch, waiakoali stream diversion Out to dry
  • Opinion

High time to address river diversions in Waimea canyon Read More »

Dan Ahuna
Kuikalo - 10 (1) Familiar messages, hopes at legislative opening day
  • News Report

“People Over Profits” message unites broad progressive coalition; hundreds converge on Hawai‘i’s Capitol Read More »

Kapolei from the air by logan sakai  large  large  large Land is power in Honolulu Hale
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All nine Honolulu council members and the mayor owe their positions, in large part, to donors with strong ties to Hawaii’s powerful land development interests. Read More »

Will Caron
Us navy 080718-n-5549o-064 secretary of the navy (secnav) the honorable dr. donald c. winter tours the red hill underground fuel storage facility to get a first-hand look at the condition of the tanks State legislators appeal for greater response to Red Hill fuel facility
  • Press Release

Joint letter says “real danger” of contamination to drinking water should not be ignored Read More »

Img 7987 Governor Ige announces changes to stewardship of Mauna Kea
  • Press Release

The governor supports the TMT's right to move forward as well as public right to protest; charges UH with doing a better job serving the mountain's best interests. Read More »

Webnew asphalt 5-18-03 Asphalt stockpiling resumes in Kamilo Nui Valley
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Resident concern is mounting over asphalt, debris and water flow impacts on the valley. Read More »

Will Caron
Dsc 0055 Balfour passes WTL
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Despite valid concerns raised by Native Hawaiian and environmental advocacy groups, Sen. Thielen's committee on water and land voted to advise the senate to consent to the governor's nomination of Bill Balfour to the state's water commission. Read More »

Will Caron
2-waiahole  large Petition to reject Balfour passes 2,500 signatures
  • Petition

Ahead of tomorrow's WTL hearing on the nomination of Bill Balfour to the Water Commission, signatures continue to be added to an online petition urging the rejection of the inappropriate nomination. Read More »

2-waiahole  large-2  large Balfour: strike two for David Ige?
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Balfour's record during his prior term on the Water Commission shows how inappropriate a choice he is; Ige risks a second failed nomination only a month after the Ching fiasco. Read More »

Will Caron
2-waiahole  large-2 A Carleton Ching redux?
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The governor's choice to fill a vacancy on the state's Water Commission is just as bad as his first choice to lead the DLNR. Read More »

Will Caron
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After last month's Carleton Ching fiasco, the governor's new choice, Suzanne Case, is causing sighs of relief across Hawaii's social media networks. Read More »

Will Caron
Dlnr color logo Nominating committee to interview candidates to the Water Commission
Carleton ching ching confirmation web-2 The Carleton Ching withdrawal is a victory for Hawaii constituents
  • Discussion

Regardless of whether you think Carleton Ching would fix the DLNR or favor developer interests that jeopardize our resources, the results of this strange confirmation process show that our voices can, and do, matter. We must stay engaged. Read More »

Will Caron
Web img 6999 Eight lessons from the Carleton Ching nomination
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Governor Ige instigated a political crisis by nominating a developer's lobbyist to watch over Hawaii's natural resources. Here are some of the lessons that this crisis taught Hawaii about our political culture. Read More »

Ikaika M Hussey
Web img 6999 Senate to vote tomorrow on Carleton Ching nomination

The full Hawaii Senate will vote on Carleton Ching's nomination to DLNR tomorrow. Read More »

Will Caron
Web img 6999 Mānoa Residents call on their senator to oppose the confirmation of Carleton Ching
  • News Report

Commercial take-over of conservation districts is wrong in Mānoa and throughout the state, residents say. Read More »

Live Blog: Carleton Ching confirmation hearing

Carleton Ching, Castle & Cooke lobbyist and Governor Ige's nominee for head of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, comes before a Senate panel this morning at 10am in Capitol Room 229. Read More »

Screen-shot-2015-02-03-at-6.26.07-pm Testimony against Carlton Ching nomination running 9-1 →
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Controversial appointment draws close to 1,000 pieces of testimony More at KITV4 »

Big wind enlarged The “Lobbyist on Lanai” left a community torn apart by Big Wind
  • Essay

Carleton Ching's involvement with the proposed "Big Wind" project on Lanai flies in the face of the governor's empty statement that Ching "brings communities together." Read More »

Robin Kaye
Screen-shot-2015-02-03-at-6.26.07-pm State Senate schedules controversial confirmation hearing for DLNR
  • News Report

The Hawaii Senate has scheduled a confirmation hearing for controversial developer-lobbyist Carleton Ching, who was nominated by Governor Ige to head the Department of Land and Natural Resources. Read More »

Will Caron
2-waiahole Ige’s Department of Land and Natural Development?
  • Essay

Governor Ige's latest DLNR leadership move is a serious blow to advocates for resource protection and the ethical and legal use of water and a boon for development interests. Read More »

Karen Chun
Aalto and ziegler Conservationists mobilize against Ige’s DLNR nomination
  • News Report

More than twenty groups oppose Carleton Ching as new chair of the land and resource-management arm of the executive branch of the state government. Read More »

Will Caron
Haena-kauai David Ige, one-term wonder?
  • Discussion

The new governor's selection of a development lobbyist to head the land-resource management branch of the state government is alienating many of his supporters. Read More »

Stephen Fox
Timthumb What does the DLNR do?
  • Explainer

Here's what the Department of Land and Natural Resources does, and why it matters Read More »

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