Settling Down

Aina Lea whale's point
A depiction of the luxury townhouses planned for the Whale’s Point development part of the Villages of ‘Aina Le‘a.


The stakes were high when Bridge `Aina Le`a sued the state of Hawai`i, claiming the state caused it damages in the tens of millions of dollars after the Land Use Commission returned land in the Urban District back to the Agricultural District.

That the state settled for $1 million may not be a just outcome. It probably was prudent.

But Hawai`i has almost surely not seen the last of litigation stemming from the LUC decision in the `Aina Le`a case. A new threat is on the horizon, this time from the new owners of the Urban land, `Aina Le`a, Inc.

Also in this issue: Teresa Dawson reports on the ever more complex disputes over water rights in East Maui; Patricia Tummons looks at an industrial-sized photo-voltaic development proposed for a rural residential subdivision; and Pamela Frierson reviews a new work on invasive species in remote Pacific islands.


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