Why hasn’t KCA had any community meeting on local air quality?

Topics for KCA’s monthly community meetings are generated by a variety of sources from community members, KCA members and KCA board members. When we receive strong concerted requests for a topic, we explore how it may be presented within our available parameters and resources, 75 minutes at the Charter School facility. If we believe we can, we next contact pertinent individuals to participate and seek availability and interest;  most times  topics of strong concern then become one of the monthly community meetings. Sometimes not

We were unable to achieve this recently on a reoccurring suggested topic focused of the Hawaii Commercial and Sugar (H C & S), and the parent company, Alexander and Baldwin (A & B) sugar cane production ‘s effect our environment, including the air quality and the effect on the near shore ocean waters. We contacted the companies as well as the agency responsible for monitoring our air quality, the State Department of Health’s Clean Air Branch (DOH CAB,) but both refused. However, the DOH CAB has advised they intend to have their own community meeting on this topic on Maui, and expect H C & S will participate. KCA will montor  this to see if they schedule a meeting this year.



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2 Responses to “Why hasn’t KCA had any community meeting on local air quality?”

  1. We need to address this ongoing problem.I had to purchase a air filtration system that takes chemicals out of the air for my wife who is having problems breathing on bad days ,which we seem to be having more often. Shouldn’t have to do this on our beautiful island.
    We have lived here over 25 years and are saddened with the thought of moving. Growth is unavoidable but controlling congestion and air and water quality are possible with proper planning. Looking forward to the next meeting.thanks for all your hard work.

  2. They know what they are doing is disgusting. They know there are reasonable alternatives to cane burning — growing non-TCH hemp, for instance. Very little water needed and hemp is used for hundreds of products around the world. But they don’t want to change. They won’t until they are required to. But they know no one in government has the courage to stand up tot hem. Sound familiar? Gun control. Balancing the budget. Where is the Mayor? Where is someone in power who will lead on this issue? Until someone does we will remain an island owned and controlled by the greediest most short-sighted among us. They should be forced to live downwind. Forced to clean up the black soot on the beaches. No such justice exists here. . .yet. So on they go unobstructed.