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Hawaii Senate
  • Petitioned Residents of Leilani Estates, Nanawale, PUNA, Hawaii County Council

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Homeowners in Leilani Estates, PUNA, Hawaii
Residents of Leilani Estates, Nanawale, PUNA, Hawaii County Council

Hawaii Senate

    1. Loren A
    2. Petition by

      Loren A

August 2012


Yesterday after almost 10 hours of testimony the county council of Hawaii failed to override the Mayor's VETO! Congratulations to our supporters and all who believe in the truth. You can see the Public Television show "Leilani Estates and Geothermal" Aired on Na Leo O'Hawaii Channel 54 today 8/2/2012 at 1:30PM and on the following dates: 8/3/12 10:00 AM 8/4 12:30 PM 8/5 11:30 AM 8/7 3:30 PM 8/9 9:00 AM NPR and HPR will be doing a story on our struggle to defend our community soon. Please look for our story on Hawaii News Now on KGMB and KHNL Channel 8 the same station covering the Olympics http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/ There will be other public meetings with Geothermal experts in November '12 Please keep supporting this petition, I hope to keep it online so that others who find out after the mainstream media gets the story. Other links to blogs and online video news stories are below. Please spread the word! Aloha Nui Loa, Loren, Petra and Jan


Her Email is      sensolomon@capitol.hawaii.gov
I am POSTING THIS NOTICE let you know that HB 106 HD 2 has crossed over from the House to the Senate. It will go to the Seanate Energy Committee first, then to Senator Solomon who chairs the Senate Water& Land Committee, then on to Ways & Means. P.U.N.A. has spoken with a staffer from the Senate Energy Committee who has informed us that Rudderman (who is Vice Chair of Senate Energy will pass it out because he supports buffer zones being imposed in Puna & elsewhere. The language now in HB 106 HD 2 was inserted by Environmentalists working with Rudderman on the House side. It was a "gut & replace tactic".
We can stop this Bill now be sending emails directly to Senator Solomon requesting that she not hear HB 106 HD 2. If this can be done, we will not have to go through a hearing process and risk gavin the buffer zones reinserted into the measure in WAM or at a Conference Committee. Senator Solomon has said that if she hears from the people of Puna she will listen to their concerns.

Here is a copy of the letter I just emailed to her:

 "Senator Solomon,

I am a resident of Leilani Estates, Puna.  I am requesting that you not hear HB 106 HD 2. If you refuse to hear HB 106 HD 2, we will not have to go through a hearing process and risk having unnecessary buffer zones reinserted into the measure in WAM or at a Conference Committee.

You have said Senator Solomon that "if you hear from the people of Puna" you will listen to our concerns.

My concern is that my property will be made worthless for no scientific or other public safety issue.  A health study is being conducted currently by Dr. Peter Adler and as yet no health threat has been identified.  What is the need for an arbitrary buffer zone?  HB 106-HD 2 is clearly a legal and fiscal nightmare, ill conceived and with no scientific or other proof to substantiate such a consideration at this time.

Before condemning property owners, let research be done to confirm or deny any need for such a buffer zone and why the state, or county should exercise such eminent domain with no scientific data or substantiated empirical evidence for such a radical and financially devastating law.

Very sincerely and respectfully..."

You are welcome to use the text of my email as a template for your personal concerns.  Please send her your email asap.  

Much Mahalos for your Kuleana!



Recent signatures


    1. Here we go again! "Companies eye Puna properties for geothermal plant"

      Loren A
      by Loren A
      Petition Organizer
      Companies eye Puna properties for geothermal plant

      By TOM CALLISTribune-Herald staff writerGeothermal development companies are trying to line up potential sites for a new power plant before a bidding deadline early next year.So far, at least two...

    2. County Initiates Independent Geothermal Health Assessment FactFinding Study

      Loren A
      by Loren A
      Petition Organizer

      This joint fact finding initiative will be conducted by a professional, third party neutral who will select and convene an independent Working Group to review existing data and come up with a final report. The report will be presented to the Windward Planning Commission to help inform its deliberations on the future use of Geothermal Asset Fund monies for public health related studies. The Working Group will be made up of 10-15 scientists, public health specialist and knowledgeable community members to be chosen by the consultant to represent all major points of view on the issue.

      The Working Group will be convened by Dr. Peter Adler of Accord 3.0. Dr. Adler is a nationally known and Hawaii based expert in the field of complex issue management and collaborative problem solving. He will be responsible for designing and implementing an independent fact finding process and for preparing an independent report due in February of 2013.

    3. Protecting the Unity of our Neighborhood Area - P.U.N.A.

      Loren A
      by Loren A
      Petition Organizer

      P.U.N.A. is in support of a comprehensive health survey conducted by an unbiased health organization, to determine if the operations of Puna Geothermal Venture are a factor in the broad range of reported chronic health conditions.

      Fred Blas’ resolution will be placed on the Council agenda. P.U.N.A. will closely follow this process and we need your input for the final result.

      Please, join us in the discussion, move this forward and help find a solution that keeps Puna healthy and alive in every way.

      To keep up-to-date on the issues and to give input, connect with us:

      - Go to www.punahealth.com “Like” us on Facebook

      - Follow our blog at Punahealth.tumblr.com

      - P.U.N.A. would like to hear from you by email. Send us an email to punahealth@gmail.com

      To download our current flyer go to www.punahealth.com/info/PUNAflyer.pdf

      Please, share this message with your networks….

      Keep spreading the word!

      Imua with Aloha!

    4. Thank you petition signatories! Mayor Kenoi's VETO upheld!

      Loren A
      by Loren A
      Petition Organizer

      We have successfully testified at the County Council of Hawaii to honor the Mayor's VETO of Bill 256, Draft 2. The bill would have allowed the County to create a one-mile buffer zone around the Puna Geothermal Power Plant without evidence.

      We must keep spreading the word, so that others that will find out about this issue can get involved.

      The Bill, sponsored by Coucil Chairman Dominic Yagong, was defeated thanks to you! You helped keep our community from being destroyed!

      You can see the Public Television show "Leilani Estates and Geothermal" aired on
      Na Leo O'Hawaii Channel 54 today at 1:30PM and on the following dates:

      8/3/12 10:00 AM
      8/4 12:30 PM
      8/5 11:30 AM
      8/7 3:30 PM
      8/9 9:00 AM

      NPR and HPR will be doing a story on our struggle to defend our community soon. Please look for our story on Hawaii News Now on KGMB and KHNL Channel 8 the same station covering the Olympics.

      Please get involved, Keep spreading the word, its not over!

      Aloha Nui Loa!

    5. BigIslandVideoNews.com covers our efforts

      Loren A
      by Loren A
      Petition Organizer

      Please take a moment to look at this video online and tell your friends and neighbors.

      Mahalo for all your support, please come to the County council tomorrow and be heard!

      Tomorrow is the big day! When we prevail it will be because of your efforts.

      Aloha Nui Loa!

    6. Please share your testimony with the County Council by email or in person

      Loren A
      by Loren A
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for your support. Now we need you more than ever.

      The county council meeting to override the mayoral veto is scheduled for Wednesday, August 1, 2012 in Hilo at the council chambers. This is where you have the opportunity to share your testimony in person and via email.

      *You can submit written testimony by e-mail up to 24 hours prior to the meeting (it has to be received by Tuesday morning July 31st, 2012 - NO LATER THAN 12 NOON).

      Send your email testimony to: counciltestimony@co.hawaii.hi.us

      Your email testimony can simply be "Support Mayor Kenoi's VETO of bill 256, draft 2" then sign your name, address, telephone & email address.

      **We need is to have as many people as possible come to the county council meeting in Hilo on August 1, to testify in person and to show our strength in numbers. The council needs to see, that we are not just a silent small group, but that there are many of us and we are willing to stand up for what is right.

      Imua! Aloha Nui Loa!

    7. Mayor Kenoi came to support us tonight, and we had more than 100 attend

      Loren A
      by Loren A
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to Professor Don Thomas, Mr. Mike Kaleikini and Mr. Richard Ha for a great presentation and Q and A session. Na Leo O' Hawaii TV was there tonight as well as press from various publications.

      We had some tense moments but Aloha prevailed, and I hope we have more meetings like this but after the Mayor's veto is upheld by lack of county council support and our efforts to insist on a scientific evidence for any kind of legislation that would affect our friends and neighbors.

      Approximately 80 signatures were collected at the meeting tonight in support of the Mayor's VETO. Thank you to everyone, with all viewpoints, for attending.

      Here's a picture of Mayor Kenoi from our meeting tonight on my FB account... click on the "more at facebook.com" link below... in the background seated are left to right Mr. Richard Ha, Mr. Mike Kaleikini, and Professor Don Thomas from the University of Hawaii.

      Please keep spreading the word!

    8. Aloha All who signed our petition, please keep spreading the word!

      Loren A
      by Loren A
      Petition Organizer

      Mahalos to everyone, please continue to share this issue with your friends, family and neighbors. We've received 100 signatures in less than 24 hours... we might reach our goal of 500+ signatures before the county council meets on August 1st, please keep the sharing going.

      I look forward to our experts presentation this evening. We should have a video of tomorrows presentation with the General Manager of PUNA Geothermal Plant, and our other Geothermal experts to share on public television here in Hawaii county and I hope on youtube.com as well.

      Much Mahalos again for supporting our efforts. Keep spreading the word.

    9. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Cynthia Schimpf KEAAU, HI
      • about 2 years ago

      I own property in Lelani Estates

    • Kristin Furoy DRAYTON VALLEY, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      My aunt lives there and I do not want to see this happen to her community.

    • nalani lee PAHOA, HI
      • about 2 years ago

      I live on the lower end of leilani estates, there is no reason for bill 256, no evidence of anything it claims, stop wasting money and time, live blessed press forward.

    • Candace Martin PAHOA, HI
      • about 2 years ago

      The idea of the county purchasing all private land within the one mile radius is crazy! It would cost a fortune. And why buy up the land? Is there a health risk that doesn't already exist naturally on this island? There is not enough information for the council to commit to spending this exohorbitant amount of money.

    • John Sillasen MERIDEN, CT
      • about 2 years ago

      The families living near the plant have enjoyed a proximity to an active geothermal area for years. A plant does not change that fact. Let them stay - it is there property and it should be their choice when to move.


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