Laws and Orders


Hawaii_state_capitol_from_the_south-eastWith literally thousands of bills on the table each legislative session, tracking them is a Herculean task. Now that the dust has settled, we take a look at a few of them that, for better or worse, made it into law.

Heading the list is one that establishes a water security advisory panel – although just who or what it is to advise remains a mystery.

And then there are the orders – namely, the ones from the Public Utilities Commission that knock the Green Energy Market Securitization program (GEMS) back on its keister.

Finally, we discuss the outcome of a controversial attempt by the state Water Commission to fine taro farmers in West Maui for an old water diversion, as well as developments in the ongoing efforts by those same farmers and others to restore streams there.


2 New T-Shirt Designs!

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In concert with our August 21 fundraiser in Hilo, Environment Hawai`i is releasing two new cotton jersey t-shirt designs featuring photos taken by our staff. You can purchase them at our event in a few... READ MORE

‘Worst-Case Scenario’ Plays Out

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‘Worst-Case Scenario’ Plays Out: In April, we reported that fishing industry experts speculated the Hawai`i longline fleet might reach its annual catch quota for bigeye tuna in the Western and Central Pacific as... READ MORE

A clarification on fish exports

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Our cover story attempting to clarify issues surrounding the proposed expansion of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument unfortunately includes some rather confusing language. With regard to the debate over the percentage of fish caught by the Hawaii... READ MORE