Protecting Hawaii's natural & cultural resources since 1981
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Help Hawaii's Thousand Friends save Sharks Cove
Sharks Cove on O`ahu’s North Shore is a global treasure, a fragile costal ecosystem and part of the Pupukea Marine Live Conservation District is threatened by a 3-acre, $18 million dollar 34,500 square foot commercial tourist-oriented development across from this marine protected area.
Hawaii’s Thousand Friends has joined Save Sharks Cove Alliance, Malama Pupukea-Waimea and three individuals as plaintiffs in a lawsuit, filed in February 2019, to protect the heavily visited critical beach, ocean and tide pool from the mauka development of numerous 1 and 2-story retail and office buildings, a 126-space parking lot, anticipated 926 new daily vehicle trips (337,990 trips per year) to Kamehameha Highway, and increased pollution of nearby “Class AA” marine waters of Sharks Cove.
In 2018 of the 6 million tourists who visited O`ahu, an estimated 51% visited the North Shore, over 3 million tourists a year. The proposed development will result in an 11% increase in tourists, and congestion, to Sharks Cove area.
Sharks Cove is within the Special Management Area (SMA) and is required to be consistent with the Oahu General Plan. Our lawsuit lays out why the City Council granted SMA Permit is not consistent with the General Plan.
Our lawsuit outlines how the proposed development violates the Hawai`i Constitution Article X1-Section 1, Section 7, Section 9 and the Public Trust Doctrine.
The lawsuit outlines how the proposed development is not consistent with the North Shore Sustainable Communities Plan.
The lawsuit outlines the improper acceptance of an inadequate EIS and much more.
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Annual Report 2020
The Real Purpose of Rail
Real estate consultant Stephany Sofos said . . . “it goes back to the whole thing that rail was never about transporting bodies - it was to try and create housing” with the ability of residents to then use rail as transportation. (4/2/20 StarAdvertiser)
For information on rerouting rail to higher ground go to
Know Your Rights
The goal of this website is to inform and empower citizens with information so that you can fight for free-flowing clean stream water, clean oceans, comprehensive land use planning, and insist that all Hawai'i's laws and rules are followed that conserve and protect Hawai’i’s natural and cultural resources and historic sites.
All of us who call Hawai`i home have a role to play to protect Hawaii’s natural beauty and natural & cultural resources.
Read more about everyone’s duty to protect the environment in the Hawaii State Constitution, especially Article XI on Conservation, Control and Development of Resources.
The Environmental Notice
To receive periodic notices of Environmental Impact Statements (EIS), Conservation District Use Applications (CDUA), Coastal Zone Management Notices, Special Management Area (SMA), Shoreline Certification Applications and Federal Notices go to the State Office of Environmental Quality Control and sign up for the The Environmental Notice.
Water Quality Alerts
The Hawaii Department of Health’s Clean Water Branch has launched a new water quality alert notification system with user-friendly features to keep the community updated about our beaches throughout our islands. To access the new notification system click here. If you have any questions, contact the Clean Water Branch at email@example.com.