Press Releases

November 14, 2017
The Federal District Court further validates Friends of Maha`ulepu’s (“FOM”) Clean Water Act (“CWA”) case against Defendants Hawaii Dairy Farms, LLC (“HDF”), a project of Pierre Omidyar’s Ulupono Initiative, LLC, and Grove Farm’s Maha`ulepu Farm, LLC. In his 71 page Order, Judge Kenneth J. Mansfield, awarded more than ½ million dollars in attorney fees, expert fees and litigation costs, finding FOM the prevailing party; “the Court concludes that (A) Plaintiff
is a prevailing party, and (B) an award is appropriate.” (Order, Pg. 10) In his ruling Judge Mansfield found “Defendants’ argument unpersuasive.” (Order, Pg. 14) He also found that FOM’s action and the Consent Judgment met the Ninth Circuit three part test in deciding that FOM was the prevailing party:

1.  Judicial enforcement;
2.  Material alteration of the legal relationship between the parties; and
3.  Actual relief on the merits of the plaintiff’s claims (Order Pg. 10)

In finding FOM the prevailing party, The Court found the Consent Judgment confirmed on ongoing judicial enforcement, a material change in the parties’ relationship because one party is required “to do something it otherwise would not be required to do”.  View full Press Release.

April 6, 2017
Friends of Maha`ulepu is pleased to announce the resolution of their Clean Water Act case against Ulupono Initiative, LLC, Hawaii Dairy Farms, LLC , and Mahaulepu Farm, LLC.  The Federal Court Order in addition to the signed Consent Decree prohibits any further development, construction, or ground disturbing activities at HDF’s proposed industrial dairy site in Maha`ulepu.  View Press Release.

June 1, 2015
Friends of Maha’ulepu has filed a Complaint in the Federal District Court for the District of Hawaii against the proposed Hawaii Dairy Farms mega-dairy for failure to obtain a required stormwater construction permit before beginning ground disturbing activities that will further degrade Waiopili Stream and the area of Gillin’s Beach.  View Press Release.

May 8, 2015
Groups Petition State to Protect Kauai’s Most Polluted Stream – Waiopili Stream pollution levels spike to 275 times higher than State and Federal bacteria limits.  View Petition and Petition Exhibits.

April 22, 2015
Momentum to Stop Industrial Dairy in Maha’ulepu Valley Continues To Grow

March 11, 2015
Notice of Intent to Sue under the Federal Clean Water Act to Hawa’i’i Dairy Farms and Grove Farm.  View the Notice of Intent to Sue.