Plants and animals found nowhere else in the world call the tropical paradise of the Hawaiian islands home, and native Hawaiian communities still honor many of their traditional practices.
Founded in 1988, the Mid-Pacific regional office, located in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, works on a range of environmental and community health issues, including:
- Ensuring water is a public trust, not private property. Corporate water users are diverting public water for private profit—and sucking Hawaiʻi’s rivers and streams dry. The Mid-Pacific regional office has fought for decades to restore stream flow on behalf of local and Native Hawaiian communities. In 2000, Mid-Pacific attorneys helped establish a critical national precedent that recognizes water as a public trust, not private property—a tool our attorneys now use throughout the islands.
- Saying aloha to solar energy. Rooftop solar generation is booming in Hawaiʻi, thanks to work by the Mid-Pacific regional office and many local groups. To help solar gain a greater foothold, Earthjustice attorneys are removing barriers to localized solar generation, boosting the solar market through incentive and financing programs, and advancing removal of a century-old electric grid in favor of modern technology that gets clean power where it needs to go.
- Protecting the Pacific from devastation. Human activity is killing iconic Pacific species, including sea turtles, whales, dolphins and seabirds. The Mid-Pacific regional office is working to stop the death of marine mammals and turtles in longline fisheries; challenging the military use of sonar that can kill whales and dolphins; and supporting the health of coral reef ecosystems that provide habitat and nutrition to the aquatic web of life.
- Safeguarding public health. Hawaiʻi is a hotspot for experiments in genetic engineering—but the Mid-Pacific regional office has led the way in bringing a cold dose of reality to genetic engineering and its impact on our food supply, health and environment. We’re pushing for better regulation of genetically engineered crops and also using the law, public advocacy and community organizing to draw attention to the links between GE foods and the increased use of dangerous pesticides.
Recent News from the Mid-Pacific Office:
Contact Mid-Pacific Office
850 Richards St., Ste. 400
Honolulu, HI 96813
Paul Achitoff Managing Attorney
Janice Brown Office Manager
David Henkin Staff Attorney
Summer Kupau-Odo Associate Attorney
Isaac Moriwake Staff Attorney
Julie Parks Litigation Assistant
Kapua Sproat Counsel