Ben Cayetano has clearly understood that the Honolulu Rail project and the subdividing of Oahu’s best farmland would destroy a large part of O’ahu as we know it. He stepped forward as plaintiff in the Federal NEPA/FTA lawsuit against the Rail. He testified against the urban designation of the Ewa farmlands. He spoke up against the visual, agricultural, fiscal and cultural harm of the Rail. Not finding someone else to run for mayor, he left a comfortable retirement to take up the public’s fight of 2012.
The new group includes at least one well-known environmental advocate (Donna Wong of Hawaii’s Thousand Friends), one who’s made a name fighting sprawl (Kioni Dudley of Hoopili fame), and one who’s been fighting the Kyo-ya hotel redevelopment in Waikiki (lawyer Linda Paul).
It also includes many folks who are more familiar to me because of their fervent opposition to rail. Among the names I recognized: Cliff Slater, Randy Roth, Sam Slom, Scott Foster, Tom Coffman, Dennis Callan, Michael Uechi, John Brizdle. The press contact for the group is Pearl Chang Johnson, chair of the League of Women Voters‘ planning and transportation committee and one of the main vocal opponents of rail.
The group could have been called “Rail Opponents Coalition” or “Cayetano Supporters Coalition.” But those doesn’t have the same ring as “Hawaii Environmental Coalition” when it comes to an endorsement. …
About the Author
Uber Driver Denies Sexual Assault
Former Uber driver Luke Wadahara, 24, pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of sexual assaulting a passenger, 16.
Alleged Seal Attacker Arrested
A 19-year-old Kauai man has been arrested in connection with the recent beating of a 17-year old pregnant monk seal.
Parents Of ‘Peter Boy’ Indicted
The murder charges are in connection with the disappearance of their son, Peter Kema Jr., 19 years ago on the Big Island.
Calmer than past sessions but still chaotic, House and Senate members worked to agree on legislation before the deadline.