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August 14, 2013
Puna Pono Alliance
Letting Puna be Puna

The Adler Report meeting  and the March on HELCO are both happening this week!

Puna Pono Alliance

Save Pohoiki- Stop the RFP Campaign

March on HELCO

The March on HELCO will start at 10:00 am this Saturday, August 17th in front of Pahoa High School.   Then proceed along the Mauka side of Highway 130 to the Shower Dr./Pohaku Drive where there will be a campsite.  8.5miles

On the second day of the March on HELCO, Sunday August 18th we will start walking along the Mauka side of Highway 130 toward Kea’au.  We will be walking on the Mauka side of the Highway to Puainako Street where there will be a campsite. 9.4miles

On the last day of the March on HELCO Monday August 19th at 10:00 am we will walk down Highway 11 toward to HELCO Offices a 1200 Kilauea Avenue in Hilo Hawaii.  (across from the Hilo Shopping Center).  
There are plans to have a sign waving demonstration  already in progress so we will be walking to join them and gather in front of HELCO to present our petition asking HELCO to please stop the RFP. 2.2 miles. 

Come join your neighbors for 'some or all the march' and help protect Puna from More Geothermal Development

Marchers - Your gear and supplies will be transported to the camp site by the Transportation Committee Members.  The Camp site will be prepared and broken down by the Camp Site Committee Members.

Food will be provided by the food committee with your generous donations.

Hope to see you there and we could use all the help you can give.  Please contact Steve Sparks at 
(808) 339 1193 or

The March is pet free and drug and alcohol free.

We will rally at Helco at 11am to hand the petition to HELCO CEO J Ignacio ....please be to show Puna Cares and wants a clean green Puna for our children and grand children.

Thursday - give testimony on the 'Alder Report'.

Please talk to your neighbors, family and friends...and encourage them to come to this important meeting.

The following details for the meeting have been set by Peter Adler as follows:
  • The meeting will be open for people to make comments (not more than 3 minutes). If you have more to say please consider submitting written comments.
  • Comments will be taken from 3:30p to 5:30p and then again after 6:30p after the dinner break until 8pm.
Other logistical matters:

  • The Study group will be at a table in the front facing the audience.
  • There will be a microphone on a stand facing us at the front of the room.
  • Persons wanting to speak will be asked to sign in for that at the door and we will take comments in the order of signup.
  • A number of volunteers from the mediation center will help sign people in and take non-microphone comments at two computer stations just outside the room. Some people prefer to orally dictate them.
and link to the full report

The Geothermal Public Health Assessment Findings and Recommendations Report known locally as the "Adler Report" is over one hundred pages long. 

The whole report can be downloaded here  

This report has been compiled by Dr Peter Adler.

Members of the geothermal public health assessment study group will be taking public testimony on August 15 at the Pahoa Community Center, from 3.30 to 8pm. 

Several Puna Pono Alliance members reviewed the report.   Below are some issues they found.  You can develop your own comments, or develop one or more of the ones listed below.   Testimony will be limited to 2 or 3 minutes.

    •   Dr. Kilburn was chosen by the community as the researcher of choice to do a Puna Health Study on H2S. He is a respected and trusted researcher.  The report should explicitly recommend that he lead the effort.  On page 14 the report speaks of a mandate that prevents specific recommendations. But there is no such written mandate.  Who mandated this and in what forum?
    • The Legator Study is not mentioned with other studies about geothermal in Puna.  (Health Complaints, Finding 2, Page 35 and following)   Additionally the Legator Study is not in the Puna specific health studies in the bibliography.  It should be included in both portions.   Dr. Legator seriously studied the impacts of health on the community.
    • In the Initial Interviews section (page 15), one narrative that was not mentioned is the outrage by Native Hawaiian Pele Practitioners.    That could be called the Cultural Impact Narrative.  Additionally in Recommendation 1, page 42, this outrage is not discussed at part of the cause of possible health effects that are being examined, even though it clearly should be.
    • The report makes no mention of baseline studies being required for future geothermal development. Such studies are recommended by most groups that study geothermal development (e.g., Union of Concerned Scientists) and environmental groups like the Sierra Club.
    • Recommendation 5 (Assure credibility, reliability, independence of experts) is long and complicated.   It is also probably unworkable in that informed, concerned members of the community probably already have an opinion.  If not, they are living on another planet.
    • Again, concerning Recommendation 5.  The impacted community should have a stronger voice in the selection. Why not let the community submit a recommendation for the study to the County for approval?  Finally, the idea that the County wants an “open, objective, and scientifically valid” selection does not match the history of County interactions with the community.
    • The criteria for evacuation of community members currently is inadequate and Recommendation 7 (page 58) does not discuss this issue.   Especially important is the identification of the at-risk individuals and the setting of limits to protect them from potentially harmful exposures.
    • The means for evacuation of the most seriously threatened individuals is not well laid out. But this is not discussed in Recommendation 7, page 58
    • Reading through the report, it is clear that monitoring is inadequate, regulatory control is often inadequate, emergency response is inadequate, and actual health impacts have been inadequately studied.   Additionally, it would seem that the State limits on H2S exposure are insufficient to protect the public.   These conclusions should be said explicitly and forcefully in the Executive Summary.

Things you can help with...this week


Come do sign waving in Pahoa by the Pahoa sign near Aloha Gas.  If you don't want Puna to become an industrial zone please come!    It's fun and a great community building activity!

Email Geoff to commit to being there if you can or just show up.

Thurs 15, 4 - 6 pm
Friday 16, 7 - 9 am

T shirt Table at Pohoiki, Friday 16th any time. We need a point person for this... anybody willing?

Call Mr. Ignacio  (808) 969-0121 and tell him you support the campaign to stop the RFP. If he's not there leave a message on his answer phone.
Geoff would like help, as he is so busy with the PPA booth at Maku'u Market, etc.  We have a clothing rack that T shirts can be hung on. We need a responsible person willing to take this on. Please contact Geoff

Table at Abundant LIfe in Hilo, contact Wayne We need more  people willing to sit with the petition, it's fun!  Anytime of day.

Need Typists for petitions - contact Wayne

Sign the Save Pohoiki Petition...  

If you haven't already done so please read and sign the petition to Helco here 
We will be handing this petition to Jay Ignacio on August 19 (at around 11am) when we March from Pahoa to HELCO's Hilo Office with the petition.


Part One: Geothermal in Hawaii - The Hidden Story
Films series by Mari Brae

Pt 1A: Geothermal in Hawaii- Blessing or Curse?  8 mins
What are the larger issues and overall considerations of using geothermal as an alternative energy source in the Hawaiian Islands?  Government and industry leaders are saying that geothermal is the best answer for Hawaii, and are fast tracking the development of more plants on various islands.  Critics, and local people who live near the one existing plant, question the wisdom and economic feasibility of building more plants.
1B: Geothermal Injustice-Corporations and Culture  12 mins
Is geothermal energy really clean and green in Hawaii? What happens when a large corporation develops in a low income, rural area? And who is responsible if there are accidents? Who really is benefiting from such developments? What are the cultural effects on the Hawaiian people and their traditions?

1C: Geothermal Oversight- Who Is Watching?  12 mins
Is geothermal in Hawaii fair to everyone?  Recent laws allow very little local input and control, so now exploration and development of geothermal can happen without consideration of who is living nearby, or what the impacts on the land would be.  Currently, proposals for plants are approved and funded before any public input is allowed.
 Monitoring and regulation of the industry in Hawaii is very lax, with no water testing and no heavy metal monitoring, and probably deficient air monitoring. Hawaii County and state governments get royalty payments from the geothermal profits, making a conflict of interests.
Music by Amy Chang, Ano Taletz and Bruddah Kuz.

Also see the separate short video:

Save Pohoiki- Keep Puna Clean and Green  7 mins

Pohoiki is a beautiful beach park with naturally occurring hot springs and a great fishing and surf spot, used by many local people. Several companies are targeting this place and others in East Hawaii for geothermal and industrial projects, even though it's right in the middle of neighborhoods, and the land is naturally prone to earthquakes and lava flows. Bids will be chosen in Fall 2013 by Hawaii Electric for new projects, so now is the time to speak out and protect our lands from environmental toxins, poison gasses, light pollution, extra noise and traffic.

 Please find out more at, and


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