In the 1980’s and 90’s, fur activists were mocked and viewed in the mainstream as a radical nuisance, embodied by a stereotype of dousing wearers of fur coats in red paint. Since then, undercover investigations and campaigns targeting leading fashion corporations have swayed public opinion against the use of fur in the fashion industry, and lawmakers have started to respond with proposals to ban its sale and manufacturin
- Common Dreams - May 29, 2019
- Honolulu Star Advertiser - May 11 , 2019
U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono and U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard want the public to understand the impact that sunscreen chemicals have on coral reefs around the world on a larger scale.
Earlier this week, Hirono, along with U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), introduced the Oxybenzone and Octinoxate Impact Study Act of 2019, which would require the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct a comprehensive study on the impacts of the two chemicals on human health and the environment.
The EPA would be required to present its findings to Congress and the public within 18 months.
- West Hawaii Today - May 10, 2019
KAILUA-KONA — Two Hawaii politicians are taking the issue of reef safe sunscreens national.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, presidential hopeful and representative of Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District, introduced on Thursday the Oxybenzone and Octinoxate Impact Study Act of 2019 and the Reef Safe Act of 2019.
The former mandates the Environmental Protection Agency conduct research on how oxybenzone and octinoxate affect humans and the environment. Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) introduced the same legislation in the Senate a day prior.
- Honolulu Star Advertiser - May 2, 2019
President Donald Trump recognized the contribution of two Hawaii-born leaders Tuesday when he issued a proclamation declaring May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
Astronaut Ellison Onizuka, born on Hawaii island, was the first Japanese American to fly into space, on the Space Shuttle Discovery. He completed 74 hours in space and 48 orbits around Earth, according to Trump’s proclamation. He died in the 1982 explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger along with the other crew members. He was also a lieutenant colonel and pilot in the Air Force.
- Farmers now have the opportunity to participate in a national $22 billion industry.Honolulu Civil Beat - April 26, 2019
Conferees at the Hawaii Legislature on Friday struck agreement on establishing a permanent industrial hemp program in the state’s Department of Agriculture.
Senate Bill 1353, which awaits final floor votes next week, would align Hawaii with the 2018 federal Farm Act that legalized industrial hemp farming nationwide and removed hemp from the list of Schedule I controlled substances.
Hemp, of course, cannot get people high.
- West Hawaii Today - April 3, 2019
KAILUA-KONA — A measure originally intended to change labeling requirements for coffee blends died quietly with a few passing words Tuesday morning.
“There was tons and tons of opposition testimony and some concerns from the Department of Agriculture, so the recommendation is to defer (the bill) indefinitely,” said Sen. Rosalyn Baker (D-Maui), chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health.
- Big Island Now - March 27, 2019
The public is invited to attend the 25th anniversary recognition ceremony of the Youth Challenge Academy (YCA) on Thursday, March 28, 2019, from 11:30 a.m. to noon in the Senate Chambers at the State Capitol. The YCA leadership team, along with 83 of the 85 cadets who make up Class 50, will be attending the event.
- Honolulu Star Advertiser - March 22, 2019
State lawmakers advanced a resolution this week urging environmental regulators to require the Navy to do more to safeguard its massive, underground fuel tanks near Pearl Harbor or relocate them entirely.
The 18 active tanks sit 100 feet above a major aquifer that supplies drinking water to Oahu. If that aquifer is polluted by a major failure at one of the Red Hill tanks or by a migrating plume of leaked oil, it could be cost-prohibitive if not impossible to clean up, state officials have said.
- CNN Wire - March 20, 2019
While the Trump administration rolled back environmental protections, Hawaii has doubled down on them.
The Aloha State has passed ambitious laws to curb environmental damage, including banning certain sunscreens that can harm coral reefs and committing to the Paris climate accord’s goals.
Now Hawaiian lawmakers are trying to get rid of single-use plastics in eateries across the state.
- Associated Press - March 19, 2019
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii would be the first state in the U.S. to ban most plastics at restaurants under legislation that aims to cut down on waste that pollutes the ocean.
Dozens of cities nationwide have banned plastic foam containers, but Hawaii’s measure targeting fast-food and full-service restaurants would make it the first state to do so. The liberal state has a history of prioritizing the environment — it’s mandated renewable energy use and prohibited sunscreen ingredients that harm coral.
- Inertia for Good - March 19, 2019
Two proposed measures in Hawaii could make it the first state to aggressively ban plastics typically served in restaurants. Last year, California became the first state to ban full-service restaurants from automatically giving out plastic straws to all patrons and some U.S. cities have banned certain single-use items. Meanwhile, several corporations have made their own pledges to rid their packaging or service of certain items, mainly straws, to cut down on the amount of single-use plastics that end up in landfills and the ocean.
- Big Island Video News
HONOLULU, Hawaiʻi - Senate Bill 522, which passed the Hawaiʻi State Senate, prompteda discussion on plastics and Kamilo Beach in Kaʻū.
- Hawaii Public Radio - March 7, 2019
Oʻahu’s recent milk shortage has renewed calls from state lawmakers for more local food production. But that may be easier said than done.
Milk is expected to be back on store shelves in the coming days after bad weather and mechanical issues delayed two Matson cargo ships.
In response to the shortage, state Sen. Mike Gabbard has called for distributors to have a 10-day supply of milk in the event of another shortage.
- The measure increasing the statewide general excise tax by 0.5 percent was one of many bills clearing their first chamber as the session’s midpoint nears.Honolulu Civil Beat - March 5, 2019
The Hawaii State Teachers Association has tried for years to get the Legislature to pay more to help public schools.
Last year, lawmakers approved an HSTA-backed constitutional amendment ballot question that called for imposing a state tax on investment property for education. But the Hawaii Supreme Court invalidated the measure just weeks before the Nov. 6 general election, ruling that its language was too vague.
After the court decision, supporters and opponents expressed a desire to find common ground on education spending.
- Honolulu Star Advertiser - February 26, 2019
The lure of Hawaii’s trails always has been great, but since the advent of social media that guide visitors to hidden attractions, it’s been supercharged. The world now has access to information about nature adventures in the islands previously known to kamaaina, and the visitor population, now numbering close to 10 million annually, is taking advantage of that.
- Honolulu Star Advertiser - February 25, 2019
A bill that would require public safety agencies to seek reimbursement from hikers who are rescued while trespassing on public trails is making its way through the state Legislature.
State Sen. Mike Gabbard introduced Senate Bill 248, which also would impose fines of $500 to $1,000 in addition to search and rescue costs.
- New Bill Seeks To Make The Import, Export, And Sale of Fur-Products UnlawfulMedium - February 18, 2019
01–24–2019: Senate Bill №1350, which seeks to outlaw the distribution and sale of fur products in the State of Hawaii, is officially introduced.
One day after the initial reading of Senate Bill №1350, Fur Free Society, Inc.—who has been working directly with the bill’s sponsor, Senator Mike Gabbard, since last year—released a statement publicly thanking the State of Hawaii and Senator Gabbard for officially introducing their new anti-fur trade bill to the state Senate.
- West Hawaii Today - February 10, 2019
KAILUA-KONA — Protection for sharks and manta rays is making progress in the state Legislature.
This week, bills introduced in the House and Senate mandating protection for the cartilaginous fish passed their first committee hearings. If signed into law, the legislation would make it illegal to knowingly kill, capture or abuse any variety of shark or ray in state waters.
- Eco Watch - February 8, 2019
Hawaiian lawmakers and conservationists are pushing for a landmark law to protect the Aloha State's sharks and rays.
House Bill 808, which outlaws the intentional killing, capture, abuse or entanglement of sharks and rays in state marine waters, passed its first committee meeting on Wednesday. The upper chamber version, Senate Bill 489, secured its first committee approval late last month and passed a second reading on Monday.
- CNN - February 7, 2019
Lawmakers in Hawaii have introduced legislation that would require internet users to pay a one-time $20 fee to gain access to online pornography. The money collected would be deposited into a fund to help fight human trafficking and the exploitation of children.
The state has three measures up for consideration, including two companion bills in the state's House and Senate.