Issues

Pesticides

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

Homelessness is one of the main issues facing our island. Please click here for information on assisting the homeless.

Cesspools

A tax credit up to $10,000 may be available to property owners who upgrade qualifying cesspools to septic tank systems or sewer systems, beginning in 2016.  The Department of Health Wastewater Branch is seeking public input on proposed rules changes that will also ban any new cesspool installation in Hawaii. 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. 

Wind Turbines

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.

Water Bill

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. 

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