Defend Oahu Coalition (DOC), a nonprofit community advocate of open-space preservation at Turtle Bay Resorts (TBR), announced Jan. 10 that it has formally withdrawn from talks with TBR about the draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) proposing expanded development along miles of pristine North Shore coastline.
The state is formally joining the process to create a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) that will look at the implications of an ecosystem approach to managing the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Such an approach means management would no longer be focused solely on the endangered humpback whale, but on the health of its marine ecosystem as a whole.
A community briefing on proposed revisions to the Oahu General Plan is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Mon., Jan.
Oprah Winfrey is putting the “O” in organic. And it’s a stake she’s planning to plant right here in Hawaii.
CIVIX / If you love the Country, speak up: Jan. 7 is the deadline for public comment on the Turtle Bay Resort (TBR) draft supplemental environmental impact statement (see [honoluluweekly.com]).
CIVIX / Most local government is taking a break, but you don’t have to. The Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations says that decisions made in federal fiscal negotiations could have grim consequences, and urges citizens to contact representatives and ask that charitable giving incentives stay in place.
Although the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) has chosen a developer for a proposed 650-foot residential tower in Kakaako, it’s still accepting public comments on the project. The HCDA Board unanimously approved Forest City Hawaii to build the $500 million project on two acres of state-owned land at 690 Pohukaina St.
The University of Hawaii, along with Environet, Inc. and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, is leading a scientific investigation into suspected chemical weapons that the military dumped in waters off Oahu before the practice was outlawed in 1972.
Obituary / News that Hawaii’s Senator Daniel K. Inouye had died in a Washington, D.C.-area hospital swept the Weekly newsroom as we were going to press Monday.
A bill that would ban smoking at five Waikiki beach parks passed its second reading in the City Council Dec. 5.
Calling it “seed money,” the agrochemical company DuPont Pioneer recently gave 59 third-graders at Kauai’s ‘Eleele School $25 each to open a savings account. Teacher Lori Carl had applied for a school grant from Pioneer, which grows genetically modified (GMO) seeds, when University of Hawaii funding for the west side school’s financial literacy program was cut.
Turtle Bay Before the Leg and City Council reconvene in Jan., here’s how to stay involved. There are only 37 days left for public comment on the environmental impact statement for the proposed development.