The passage of HB1326, the so-called “Corporate Water Theft Bill” that affects the future use of East Maui’s water, has morphed from a civics lesson into an episode of “The Walking Dead.” In the past week alone, the bill has been alive, dead, undead, and buried-but-still-moving. It has become so toxic that few lawmakers even want to discuss it anymore. Currently, HB1326 is … [Read more...] about Nothing Is Dead in the Land of the Zombies: The twisted legislative saga of the “Corporate Water Theft” Bill
Sierra Club Hawaii
It’s been a helluva year, and that’s not a good thing. For the United States, the watchwords for 2017 have been violence and hatred–against women, African-Americans, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals and basically everyone who isn’t a straight white male. You don’t have to be a master at reading the room to know that greed and ignorance are triumphing over notions of cooperation … [Read more...] about 2017 MauiTime Year In Review
The Trump Administration may not give a damn that we're trashing the planet, but it's nice to see officials in Hawaii and Maui County certainly do. On Tuesday, June 6, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed two bills that commit the state to work ever harder to combat climate change–an imperative given the substantial dangers that rising sea levels pose to island communities. The … [Read more...] about Hawaii and Maui County officials sign historic environmental legislation
1. According to an April 28 Sierra Club of Hawaii press release, state bill HB1593 has been deferred indefinitely, meaning it’s dead this legislative session. What did the bill do? A. Establish goals for fossil-free ground transportation in Hawaii. B. Provide financial support for low- and -middle-income households who want to invest in renewable energy equipment. C. Enacts … [Read more...] about Quizunderstood: What do you know about Maui Brewing Company’s Small Business Administration award?
Back in March, the Maui Planning Commission voted 5-3 to accept the Final Environmental Assessment (FEA) and Finding of No Significant Impact for ATC Makena Holding's proposed 47-acre Makena Resort project (on the site of the old Makena Golf and Beach Club) that seeks to put in a 158-unit gated luxury community on the mauka side of Makena-Keoneʻoʻio Road above Makena Landing. … [Read more...] about Coalition of groups file suit in Maui Environmental Court over Makena Resort approval