Posted 8/16/2016: Department of Health has finally posted signs to warn the public of the serious bacterial pollution in the waters of the Waiopili at Maha’ulepu Beach. After two years of chronic exponentially high fecal bacteria levels, DOH failed to warn. With a mandate from the EPA and a further nudge from our very own Kauai Senator, Ron Kouchi, currently the President of the Hawaii State Senate. Read the letter he sent to DOH Director, Virginia Pressler, MD and Deputy Director, Keith Kawaoka, PhD.
Posted 8/16/2016: With the skilled offices of our attorney, Charlie Tebbutt, Esq., FOM filed an excellent Comment in response to HDF’s Draft EIS. The Comment, a 43 page document, details not only HDF’s extensive misstatements and inaccurate information, but the supporting documents prepared by a wide range of scientific experts confirms that the proposed industrial dairy operation at Maha’ulepu would be an environmental, ecological, archaeological, cultural, sociological and economic disaster for the island of Kauai. FOM’s entire formal comment can be accessed via Dropbox or Google Drive.
Posted 8/16/2016: Listen to FOM’s latest public service announcement! Listen now.
Friends of Maha’ulepu is comprised of a group of concerned citizens (local and beyond) who are contributing their time and talents to protect the natural beauty of this pristine coastal valley.
In 2001, the County Council passed a unanimous Resolution to preserve and protect Maha’ulepu. The lead signatory was Ron Kouchi, currently serving as the Senator from Kauai who has been elected President of the Hawaii State Senate. In 2006, Senator Daniel K. Inouye asked the National Park Service (NPS) to conduct a reconnaissance survey on the Hawaiian island of Kaua‘i, in order to provide a preliminary evaluation of the resources of Māhā‘ulepū and surrounding areas for potential inclusion in the national park system. NPS agreed to conduct the study in the next fiscal year, and began its work in February 2007. The final report, Māhā‘ulepū, island of Kaua’i – Reconnaissance Survey was published in 2008.
Our latest challenge has been responding to the proposed large industrial scale dairy, operated by Hawaii Dairy Farms (HDF), that wants to bring 2,000 dairy cows to a 582 acre parcel less than a mile from the coastline. The white sand beaches and coral reefs of Maha’ulepu are currently free of any development. The proposal to operate a large industrial dairy, where 2,000 cows will be grazed on just 24 acres per day (83 cows per acre), will result in at least 290,000 lbs. of manure and 16,000 gallons of urine being left daily on the clay soils found on the farm site.
Friends of Maha’ulepu has worked diligently with both government officials and the proposed industrial dairy (HDF), presenting specific facts that support the serious environmental disaster and dramatic quality of life changes likely if the proposed industrial dairy is allowed to operate in Maha’ulepu Valley with the large herd planned. In a 11/25/14 press release and newsletter, HDF confirmed that, if approved, their dairy herd will start at 699 and within months expand to their intended herd size of 2,000 dairy cows. Friends of Maha’ulepu is committed to taking all steps necessary to assure that HDF does not operate their proposed industrial dairy at Maha’ulepu. HDF should find a site that does not threaten rich native Hawaiian cultural practices and archeological sites; a fragile environmental ecosystem that is home to endangered and threatened plant and animal life, not to mention the clear threat to the Southshore community’s health and well being from the volume of toxic waste which will be deposited and pumped onto pastures less than 800 feet from the County Wells that provide the drinking water for all of Po’ipu and most of Koloa.
New Zealand Model
HDF’s proposal is based on a New Zealand model, which is not nearly as dense as the operation they plan for the Garden Island of Kaua’i. Unfortunately, the very dairy model they claim to emulate, has been found responsible for a nationwide pollution problem in New Zealand.
Contact Government Officials
Download key contact list of government officials. Please help by sending emails or letters, as soon as possible, objecting to an industrial dairy at Maha'ulepu to each of the key contacts. We recommend mailed letters be sent with receipt confirmation and to keep a copy of any letter mailed to a government official, as well as the return receipt.
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August 6, 2016
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