The Mid-Pacific office's campaign for the storied places and communities in our region includes:
Water as a Public Trust, Not Private Property
We’ve spent decades fighting to reclaim Hawaiʻi rivers and streams drained dry for over a century by plantation companies. Our efforts established a 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. Water is the lifeblood of the land and Native Hawaiian culture. It’s not just a resource — it’s life.
Protecting the “Endangered Species Capital”
Soon after the Mid-Pacific office opened its doors, we won Endangered Species Act protections for almost 300 native species that were being destroyed by invasive species brought to our islands by humans.
Since that time, we’ve continued our work protecting Hawaiʻi’s native wildlife and habitats — by reducing the longline fishing industry’s toll on marine mammals, turtles and seabirds, challenging Navy sonar and explosives training that can kill whales and dolphins, safeguarding the health of reef ecosystems, and more.
Launching a Clean Energy Revolution
We’ve helped to fuel the clean energy boom in Hawaiʻi, building a model for the nation and world. We’ve worked to remove technical and policy barriers to clean energy adoption, boost the market through innovative programs and transformative reforms, and promote the shift to a 100% clean and equitable energy grid of the future.