WHO WE ARE
Our membership consists of individuals and grassroots organizations in Hawaii that are dedicated to protecting the vital water resources and sacred lands that Hawai'i is blessed with. In our Federal Citizen's Enforcement Actions in Federal Court, our interests are being represented by individually listed Plaintiffs and Members which include community organizer and activist Mary Maxine Kahaulelio, former OHA Trustee and community activist Clarence 'Ku' Ching, former State Senator, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, and current Co-Chair of the Environmental Caucus, Democratic Party of Hawai`i Melodie Aduja, veteran and peace activist Pete Shimazaki Doktor, and Kim Coco Iwamoto, a former Board of Education member and political candidate for the House of Representatives in 2022.
The Federal Complaint was also amended to add additional claims along with five additional local activists and native Hawaiians, including two kūpuna, as plaintiffs. The first is Hanaloa Helelā, a native Hawaiian activist, military veteran, and member of Kaʻohewai, who has worked for decades to protect the land and water of Hawai’i. Dr. Kalamaoka’aina Niheu also is a native Hawaiian and joins the plaintiff group as a family medicine physician, published author on the effects of militarization in Hawai’i, and co-founder of Mauna Medic Healers Hui. The third new plaintiff is Jade Mahina Frank, a community youth organizer with Hawaii Youth Climate Coalition (HYCC), a warrior for climate justice, and native Hawaiian ‘ōpio. Dr. Lynette Hi’ilani Cruz is a native Hawaiian kupuna plaintiff, a retired professor of anthropology at Hawai’i Pacific University and a community activist for social and environmental justice, and James J. Rodrigues (“Uncle Sparky”), a native Hawaiian kupuna and military veteran plaintiff, with years of community activism for social and environmental justice. Dr. Cruz and Uncle Sparky are both members of Malama Makua.
We are being represented by Sycamore Law Inc., a firm with 30+ years of experience and a specialty in water quality-related cases, Philip Gregory who is co-counsel for Juliana, et al. v. United States, et al. (District of Oregon) an action by 21 youth against agencies of the federal government to address human-made climate change caused by the fossil fuel-based energy, and Harrison & Matsuoka, a local Hawaii law firm. Our subject matter experts include Professor of Environmental Science at West Texas A&M University William Rogers PhD, Environmental Engineer Robert Thomas Jr. P.E., former Secretary of the California EPA and founder of Santa Monica BayKeeper (now the Los Angeles Waterkeeper ), Terry Tamminen, and former Navy veteran, nuclear power plant operator and supervisor, Pearl Harbor Shipyard safety supervisor, and co-founder of Wai Ola Alliance John Miller.
WHAT WE DO
Notice of Intent filed to sue Navy over chronic leakage from Hawai’i Fuel Tank Farm
We are a diverse group of concerned residents who have done the hard work of organizing the necessary legal, political, scientific, and community stakeholders to present a compelling case that the Navy has fiduciary and time-sensitive obligations to protect our drinking water from continued oil spills and must be held accountable. We are now seeking support from fellow concerned citizens to help fund community engagement activities, public relations, internet & media activities, necessary travel expenses, expert witness fees, and other professional services such as reports and studies. All donated funds on the GoFundMe site will be put to direct use as we pursue environmental justice, public health, and Aloha ʻĀina in the Spirit of Aloha.
Donated funds will be administered through a Donor Advised Fund ("DAF") administered and managed by 501(c)3 7th Generation Advisors (7GA) (Tax ID: 20-8771636) to ensure contributions will be used to 'Protect the vital water resources and sacred lands that Hawai'i is blessed with' including, but not limited to, the activities as outlined on this GoFundMe site.
Mahalo nui loa for your support by sharing, donating, or simply leaving a message of support! Every little bit helps motivate us to keep fighting to save our freshwater!
E Mālama pono,
The Wai Ola Alliance