Posted 11/9/2022


As we approach the end of the year we realized FOM members have not had an opportunity to meet for some time. If you can, join us this Saturday November 12 at Koloa Union Church, 3289 Poipu Rd, Koloa, 1-3 pm for an update on FOM projects, our Supreme Court victory and more. The highlight of the meeting will be a book talk on Water and Power by authors (our attorney) Bianca Isaki and recent past Chair of the Hawaii State Land Use Commission (LUC), Jonathan Scheuer. Finding a location for our meeting was very difficult. We are grateful to Koloa Union Church for the use of their facility as all neighborhood centers and libraries were completely booked. The Church has made their facility available to us and asks only that all who attend wear a mask which can be removed once you’re seated inside and the program begins. A small ask in exchange for staying safe and having a chance to meet again.

If you can’t come Saturday, the following is a podcast link that will take you to an interview earlier this week on KKCR as FOM was interviewed about our work this past year on island. You’ll find the interview direct and frankly critical of public officials who are developing the island beyond its infrastructure capacity.

FOM interview on KKCR begins at 47:32.

Thanks again to all are recent donors who make our work possible. If the opportunity presents itself before the end of the year, just a reminder, all donations are tax exempt as we maintain our valid 501(c)(3) status, are EIN # is 47-2596342. If you make any purchases on Amazon, please use If you don’t use this link, be sure to use and choose Friends of Maha`ulepu as your charity. When you do this, there is not increase in the price but Amazon donate 2% of their proceeds from your purchase to FOM. It all helps!

Mahalo nui loa,

Bridget Hammerquist, President
Friends of Maha`ulepu, a 501(c)(3)
Kia`i Wai o Wai`ale`ale, Co-founder
PO Box 1654
Koloa, HI 96756

Posted 10/9/2022


Water is life. Ola i ka Wai

Although we had a recent victory with our Supreme Court finding that the water department does need to evaluate the environmental impact to the East Wailua stream sources that supply the Grove/KDOW surface water treatment plant, our work is not done. Now, we need to weigh in and have as many members as possible comment on KIUC’s plan to pull 23.5 million gallons daily (mgd) out of the Kokee watershed for a new large hydro power plant, the need for which is not well documented in view of a concurrent plan to also develop a large pump storage operation in Kekaha. Both projects are being simultaneously proposed in KIUC’s 2d Draft EA release September 8, 2022. Comment must be filed by email not later than Monday, October 10, 2022 by midnight.Here is the comment that we will file on behalf of all of our members but we need your help with your comment. DLNR and KIUC need to hear that many on Kauai are concerned about a huge project that will cost ratepayers multiple millions while significantly impacting the Kokee watershed. What many ratepayers do not know is that KIUC’s current debt, a debt we all bear because we are a Coop, is $256,000,000. Also attached is a comment filed by hydrologist Matt Rosener to their failed first DEA.

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Humpback whales are often seen breaching off the shores of Maha’ulepu during the winter months.


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.

Maha’ulepu Beach is located on the South Shore of the Island of Kaua’i in the Hawaiian Islands, approximately 3 1/2 miles northeast of the town of Poi’pu.  Poi’pu is one of the major visitor destinations on the island due to it’s beautiful beaches, swimming, snorkeling and surfing, sea turtles, whales, monk seals, trade winds, palm trees, and spectacular sunsets. Learn more about Friends of Maha’ulepu and the work we are doing!


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