Conservation Fund Raid?

Posted by Miwa at Apr 29, 2010 04:33 AM |

Great piece of investigative reporting by local journalist Ian Lind yesterday, on push by Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Mufi Hanneman to raid a public fund dedicated to conservation lands for rail development projects. That means diverting approximately $3 million+  dollars intended for important agricultural lands, conservation lands, and sacred cultural sites.

The Mufi administration is painting this issue as parks/sustainable development along rail vs. conservation lands. We believe it’s an artificial divide. What this is really about is the integrity of a fund created by voters–by the people–in defense of ag lands, important habitat, open space, and cultural sites. Too big to hassle with process? Mufi believes he can simply sign these funds away for rail development.

From Marj, at Conservation Council Hawai’i:

Please keep an eye on the City and County of Honolulu’s Clean Water and Natural Lands Fund.  Let’s make sure it’s not taken over by the politicians.  This Special Fund was set up by the people for the people to protect important land on O’ahu for future generations.  Resistance by some to the Fund, the Commission that make recommendations on expenditure of the Fund,  and the fair and transparent process of applying for the Fund (which was set up by the CWNL Commission 2 years ago) is disappointing.

This is such a wonderful program.  I’d hate to lose it.  E maka’ala kakou.  Defend the Fund.  Thank you.  Mahalo nui loa also to Ian Lind for his diligent investigative reporting and bringing this to the public’s attention. See Ian’s report at

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