Aloha e Friends,

On August 6th, I’ll be speaking at the23rd Annual Hawai`i Conservation Conference at UH Hilo. The theme of this year’s conference is Hanohano Hawaiʻi Kuauli: Celebrating Collaboration and Wisdom Across Hawaiʻi's Ecosystems.

Just one year ago, Hawai‘i’s leaders launched the Aloha+ Challenge, a shared statewide commitment to six interconnected sustainability targets to be achieved by 2030—clean energy, local food, natural resources, solid waste, smart sustainable communities and green jobs & education.

Since then, the State, Counties, OHA, Legislators and cross-sector partners from Hawaii Green Growth have been working together to move the needle in the right direction towards our shared 2030 goals.

In April, we launched the Aloha+ Challenge Dashboard – an online platform for decision makers, legislators and the public to track state and county progress on Hawaii’s sustainability goals. With the World Conservation Congress coming to Hawaii in 2016, we have an incredible opportunity to showcase our unique island solutions on resilience and sustainability and all of your great work in conservation.

I'm committed to working with my colleagues at the Legislature and partners across the state, including leaders from the conservation community, to develop an Aloha+ Challenge joint package and action agenda for the 2016 legislative session, which begins on January 21st. This next session presents an important opportunity to focus on high-impact priorities for policy and funding -- such as increased and long-term funding for invasive species, marine resource management & watershed protection -- that will advance the Aloha+ Challenge sustainability targets in 2016 and beyond. I look forward to continuing to support the invaluable work by the conservation community and other key sustainability sectors next session through this joint package. Together we can use the World Conservation Congress, an opportunity of a lifetime, to take even bigger strides in sustainability policy & action for our islands.

And as always, please feel free to contact me at 586-6830 or email if I can help you or your family in any way. You can also follow me on Twitter @senmikegabbard, Instagram @sengabbard, or Facebook at

Me ke aloha pumehana, 

Mike Gabbard, State Senator, District 20

Chair, Water, Land, and Agriculture Committee


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PlantPure Nation Premieres on Oahu at State Capitol plus Additional Hawaii Screenings

HONOLULU -- July 24, 2015 – Senator Mike Gabbard and Transition O’ahu, are hosting the premiere screening of the documentary feature film, PLANTPURE NATION, on Tuesday, July 28 at the Hawai‘i State Capitol Auditorium and Thursday, July 30 at Kahala Theaters. Both Oahu showings are at 7pm. It will also play at Aloha Theater in Kainaliu on Hawai‘i Island on July 30. Tickets are at PLANTPURE NATION was written and directed by Nelson Campbell, son of Dr. T.