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Regional Office

Mid-Pacific

Taro fields on Kaua'i. (Steve Heap / Shutterstock)
The Hawaiian Islands are an evolutionary and cultural wonder. The Mid-Pacific regional office is fighting habitat destruction, overfishing and harmful sonar use, while also helping Hawaiʻi’s model solar industry shine through.

Signature Work

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.


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Contact Mid-Pacific Office

850 Richards St., Ste. 400
Honolulu, HI  96813
(808) 599-2436
mpoffice@earthjustice.org

Staff

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

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Regional Office: Spotlight Features

Restore Stream Flow

Water in Hawaiʻi is a public trust resource, protected under the state Constitution and Water Code. Plantations diverted many Hawaiian streams to water sugar cane and pineapple fields, drying out and destroying the native life and Hawaiian communities connected with those streams. Now that plantations are in decline, the water can be restored to the native streams.

Grand Canyon Of The Pacific Running Dry

Native Hawaiians living on the rural southwestern shore of Kauaʻi—home of Waimea Canyon, "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific"—are witnessing the biggest water grab in the history of their island. Now they're fighting to put a stop to it, by petitioning the state with the help of Earthjustice.

Makua: The Stolen, Sacred Land

Earthjustice aAMākua is home to scores of ancient Hawaiian artifacts, cultural sites and nearly 50 endangered plants and animals.

Protecting False Killer Whales in Hawai'i

The false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens) of Hawaiʻi are in trouble. And humans are to blame. The whales, which are actually large dolphins, have suffered unsustainable levels of death and serious injury in the Hawaiʻi-based longline fisheries.

Engineering An Environmental Disaster

Our supermarkets are awash in genetically modified foods. Biotech companies have dominated dinner tables with crops modified to survive lethal doses of herbicides, resulting in increased herbicide use, a surge in herbicide-resistant weeds, and the contamination of organic and conventional crops.