KCA is often asked why we do not devote a public general membership meeting to the issue of cane smoke. We have made numerous attempts to bring the pertinent entities for a forum to no avail. Last year, H C & S did have a public meeting scheduled on the third Tuesday evening of the month, but we were otherwise occupied SEE http://gokihei.org/environment/so-now-h-c-s-has-a-public-meeting-scheduled-to-conflict-with-kca-meeting
The year before (2013) we had agreement with both the governing body, Dept of Health Clean Air Branch (DOH-CAB) and H C & S to participate in a community meeting, but after they conversed with each other, both withdrew. They offered an alternative stakeholder’s meeting (NOT open to public) which we attended and reported. SEE http://gokihei.org/education-2/epa-and-state-doh-cab-meet-with-stakeholders-concerning-maui-air-quality.
Now someone else is trying to have the controversial issued addressed publicly on Thursday (6/25/15) at 6:30 PM at the Community Center. While we had no hand in this meeting, we work to keep the community informed, and KCA plans to attend & see who shows up.
Cane Burning: YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO CLEAN AIR!
-The Hawaiian cultural and historical perspective.
-Learn who to contact and what to do when you experience smoke and ash.Walk away from this meeting feeling empowered— Learn how you can enforce your right to clean air!Department of Health, including the Clean Air Branch, the EPA, and the State DOE are all invited to attend. Elected officials including all Maui Council Members, the Mayor, Sen. Roz Baker, and Sen. Agaran, Sen. English, Rep. Souki, Rep. McKelvey, Rep. Yamashita, Rep. Woodson, Rep. DeCoite are all also being invited and encouraged to this meeting to LISTEN to the community.We look forward to seeing you there!