|Kiolaka'a includes part of Ka'alu'alu Bay and its purchase for preservation made headway through the|
County Council Finance Committee today. Photo from TNC
"I know that so many places in Hawai'i have been developed and that the experiences of my cousins and peers living elsewhere are so limited because they do not have access to nature like we do here. As a Native Hawaiian with Kaʻū blood, I know it is my kuleana to take care of this place. He ali'i ka 'aina, he kaua ke kanaka. This land is my chief and I will always try to protect and serve it. How will my generation and those that come after me know how to truly take care of our 'aina if places like Kiolaka'a are not protected?"
The TPL letter noted 34 letters of support for the protection of Kiolaka'a, from such organizations as Ka Ohana O Honu'apo, Ho'omau Ka'u, The Nature Conservancy, Hawai'i Wildlife Fund, The Mary Kawena Puku'i Cultural Preservation Society, Makahanaloa Fishing Association, Sierra Club, Hui Aloha Kioho, E Mau Na Ala Hele, Huliauapa'a, 'OHana Keohokalole, the Cave Conservancy, Mj Ranch, Triple LLL Ranch, Kuahiwi Ranch and Office of Hawaiian affairs among others.
It was approved by the House Foreign Affairs Committee last Thursday after substantial debate. H.R. 2967, the BLUE Pacific Act, establishes a long-term comprehensive strategy for U.S. engagement in the critical Pacific Islands region.
The sections included as part of the EAGLE Act would: Expand U.S. diplomatic and development presence in the Pacific Islands; require coordination of U.S. engagement, including security and development assistance, through a formal consultative process with regional partners, allies and multilateral institutions; direct U.S. agencies to devise and implement a strategy to invest in climate
resilient development projects, including by using the U.S. voice and vote at international financial institutions, and authorize $50 million per year for the next five years for this purpose.
It would also expand coverage of the International Law Enforcement Academies program to the Pacific Islands; establish a comprehensive strategy for U.S. security assistance to the Pacific Islands to enhance maritime security, address illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, tackle transnational crimes like human and drug trafficking, and more.
The measure would increase U.S. efforts to assist the Pacific Islands in addressing transnational crime through ratification and implementation of international legal instruments and enhanced action on illegal forestry and logging; implement an emergency preparedness initiative for the Pacific Islands through education and training programs, technical assistance and more, and authorize $40 million per year for the next five years for this purpose.
Case introduced an initial version of the BLUE Pacific Act in the 116th Congress together with other members of his bipartisan Congressional Pacific Islands Caucus which he co-founded. More information on the Caucus is here: https://pacificislandscaucus-case.house.gov/. (more) (3) The current version is substantially updated with further input from federal agencies as well as many of the countries of the Pacific. Case’s remarks on introduction of the BLUE Pacific Act
|Congressman Ed Case|
GOLF & MEMBERSHIPS for Discovery Harbour Golf Course and its Clubhouse: The Club offers Social Memberships, with future use of the clubhouse and current use of the pickleball courts as well as walking and running on specified areas of the golf course before 8 a.m. and after 3 p.m. to enjoy the panoramic