One of the best snorkeling and diving spots in the world is Sharks Cove in the Pūpūkea Marine Life Conservation District on the North Shore of Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi.
YOU can make a difference in protecting this gem of Hawaiʻi and the fish, turtles, monk seals, corals, and other marine life that call this spectacular place home.
Sharks Cove and the adjacent Pūpūkea Beach Park are now threatened by a proposed 3-acre commercial development - buildings, parking, and a 6 food truck "cluster". Shockingly, this tourist trap was approved in November 2018 by the Honolulu City Council despite years of community opposition, illegal activities, flaunting of regulations, and a history of over $200,000 in fines!
Save Sharks Cove Alliance is a group of community organizations, non-profits, neighbors, and concerned individuals that have come together to gather support for the only option left to protect Sharks Cove from degradation and destruction.
Save Sharks Cove Alliance is urgently raising funds for a state court lawsuit and related legal fees and costs to challenge the City's approvals of this ill-advised development project.
Sadly, the City Council's decision was rushed and incomplete, potentially creating a tourist trap instead of a sustainable, rural community center that primarily serves local residents. The current and proposed development adversely impacts public trust resources such as marine life, water quality, public recreation, and will generate more traffic, litter, light, and noise. For years, the project owners have avoided public accountability, and the City has not enforced monitoring requirements or ensured transparency.
Perhaps you have visited Sharks Cove and already know how special this place is to all of us? Or you or your children would like to visit in the future with the realistic hope of seeing abundant marine life?
No matter how big or small, please make a donation to the Save Sharks Cove Alliance. We will make every dollar count.
As we say in Hawaiʻi, mahalo - thank you!
- Save Sharks Cove Alliance
MPW has graciously accepted the responsibility to channel the funds from this GoFundMe campaign to pay the legal costs and fees of the Save Sharks Cove Alliance. Donations collected by this Go Fund Me campaign will be specifically earmarked by MPW for those purposes. The funds raised for the Alliance are different and separate from funds raised to support MPW’s continuing primary mission of community-based marine stewardship, outreach, and education. To donate directly to these MPW programs go to: http://pupukeawaimea.org/get-involved/donate/