David Henkin, Staff Attorney, Mid-Pacific Office: “You don’t need to burn the village to save the village.”
Mid-PacificHawaiʻi is a leader in solar energy generation. The Mid-Pacific regional office works to remove technical and policy barriers to clean energy adoption.Matt Mallams for Earthjustice
Mid-PacificWhales, at risk from Navy warfare training operations, are critically important to the ocean ecosystem and hold cultural significance to Native Hawaiians.Ed Lyman / NOAA / NMFS
Mid-PacificWater is a public trust, not private property. The Mid-Pacific regional office has fought for decades to uphold public and Native Hawaiian rights to flowing water.Steve Heaps / Shutterstock
Plants and animals found nowhere else in the world call the tropical paradise of the Hawaiian Islands home, and Native Hawaiian communities still honor 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
Companies from Hawaiʻi’s plantation past are diverting public water for private profit, draining rivers and streams dry. The Mid-Pacific regional office has fought for decades to restore stream flows on behalf of local and Native Hawaiian communities. As a result, we have established widely renowned precedent that water is a public trust, not private property—a tool we continue to use in our ongoing campaign to uphold public and Native Hawaiian rights to flowing water.
Achieving a clean energy future
Clean energy, particularly rooftop solar, has boomed in Hawaiʻi, thanks to the leading advocacy of the Mid-Pacific regional office. We are removing technical and policy barriers to clean energy adoption, boosting the market through innovative incentive and financing programs, and promoting the shift from the antiquated electric utility grid to the modern, clean energy model of the future.
Protecting Pacific wildlife and ecosystems
Hawaiʻi is known as the endangered species capital of the world, and the Mid-Pacific office has been at the forefront for decades in securing protections for native wildlife and habitats. We are working to save native birds and forests from destructive alien species and human activities, reduce the longline fishing industry’s toll on marine mammals, turtles, and seabirds, challenge the military use of sonar that can kill whales and dolphins, and protect the health of nearshore reef ecosystems from aquarium fish extraction and pollution.
Safeguarding public health
Hawaiʻi is a global hotspot for production of, and experiments with, genetically modified organisms, but the Mid-Pacific office has led the way in challenging the release and commercialization of GMOs and the impacts on our food supply, health, environment, and public right-to-know. We are pushing for better regulation of genetically engineered crops and also using the law, public advocacy, and community organizing to highlight the links between genetically engineered foods and the increased use of dangerous pesticides.
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
Kylie Wha Kyung Wager Associate Attorney