Senator Gil Riviere
In recent years, residents have expressed growing concern about potentially adverse effects of pesticides. During the 2015 legislative Session, several bills relating to pesticide oversight, buffer zones and public disclosure were considered. On one side of the debate is a fear that great harm is occurring; on the other side, it is said that the current regulations are adequate. More information can be found by clicking here.
Homelessness is one of the main issues facing our island. Please click here for information on assisting the homeless.
In 2015, a tax credit up to $10,000 was available to property owners who upgraded qualifying cesspools to septic tank systems or sewer systems, beginning in 2016. In 2022, a new ta credit bill for cesspools was passed. Generally, cesspools within 200 feet of the shoreline, streams and near aquifers are eligible for this upgrade tax credit. Please click here for more details.
The Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is considering the feasibility of giant industrial wind turbines to be constructed as close as seven miles offshore from Kaena Point and Barbers Point. Additionally, Na Pua Makani Wind Project in Kahuku proposes nine turbines in the hills above Kahuku and near the High and Intermediate School. Kahuku would be surrounded by even larger wind turbines. Please click here for more information.
Alexander and Baldwin have diverted stream water from East Maui for decades, while other farms have not had enough water. Please click here to for information on this complex issue.