Posted 9/19/2016: Ten FOM members attended the Federal Court hearing before Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi on FOM’s Clean Water Act Complaint against Hawaii Dairy Farms. The Judge stated she was not inclined to grant Defendants Motion for Summary Judgement seeking to have FOM’s Clean Water Act case dismissed for lack of standing. She found Alan Faye’s declaration, filed by FOM, as support for standing and that his testimony qualified him as a lay expert witness. The Defendants’ attorney argued that the Court should throw out FOM’s case altogether. A trial date is currently set for February 2017. Read the Full Story.
Posted 9/19/2016: Fundraiser for Friends of Maha’ulepu! 100% of artist proceeds from the sale of Eileen Kechloian’s oil paintings will be donated to Friends of Maha’ulepu. Come enjoy wine, pupus, art & music on September 24th 6-9pm at the Art House Gallery in Koloa (3440 Poipu Road), the little red house just one building from the gas station. You can go early for advanced viewing of Eileen’s new pieces. If unable to attend on 9/24/16 you may purchase the piece and retrieve it after the event. Come have a good time even, if you can’t find a piece that works for you. Hope to see you there!
Posted 9/19/2016: We’ve been hard at work for more than 2 years. Costs have been substantial and our bank account is now low, but it’s been worth the fight! We’ve kept HDF from operating their dairy at Maha`ulepu. Please mail your tax deductible donation to Friends of Maha`ulepu, P.O.Box 1654, Koloa, HI 96756 or donate via our Go Fund Me website.
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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