Help Save Mahaulepu Beach on Kauai

$83,545 of $250k goal

Raised by 331 people in 24 months
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Jay Kechloian  KOLOA, HI
Situated on the southeast shore of Kauai, Mahaulepu is known for its dramatic coastline and pristine areas. As any online image search will show you, Mahaulepu is characterized by striking scenes of natural beauty and it is home to many threatened and endangered species. Experiencing Mahaulepu is a special treat for visitors and an ongoing delight for residents.

Funded by Internet billionaire Pierre Omidyar, an industrial dairy threatens to ruin the fragile ecosystem of Mahaulepu. The planned presence of up to 2,000 cows will pollute the land and sea, altering the area we love so much. With their plan to leave the cattle waste where it falls, the Waiopili stream that runs through the property as well as the planned irrigation and natural rainfall will carry waste to the ocean less than one mile downslope. Prevailing trade winds will carry the stench and biting flies into the Poipu tourist area less than two miles away, redefining and tarnishing the Kauai experience for those who come to enjoy the south shore. Mahaulepu is simply the wrong place for an industrial dairy.

We are a group of ordinary citizens united to resist this planned desecration of one of the loveliest areas of our unique island. It takes money to fight money, and your donations will go into the effort to keep Mahaulepu the way it is. The contributions of every one of you will go towards preserving the beauty of Mahaulepu for all who enjoy it. Everything you give counts towards helping our small group fight Hawaii Dairy Farm's well-funded effort. Your support helps ensure that residents and visitors to the south shore will continue to enjoy the abundant beauty that characterizes Mahaulepu today. Mahalo!

For more information, visit friendsofmahaulepu.org or email friendsofmahaulepu@gmail.com. Mahaulepu is also known for its historic and archeological significance - see cavereserve.org.
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Update 6
Posted by Jay Kechloian
21 months ago
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Friends of Maha’ulepu has filed a Complaint in the Federal District Court for the District of Hawaii (view PDF at http://goo.gl/YgGmEH) against the proposed Hawaii Dairy Farms mega-dairy for failure to obtain a required stormwater construction permit before beginning ground disturbing activities that will further degrade Waiopili Stream and the area of Gillin’s Beach. (View Press Release PDF at http://goo.gl/Yjm0QW)

Groups Petition State to Protect Kauai’s Most Polluted Stream – Waiopili Stream average results from all the stream water samples tested, for more than a year, were 275 times higher than permitted State limits. (View Press Release PDF at http://goo.gl/Qgxoe2, Petition PDF at http://goo.gl/6dJtbV and Petition Exhibits PDF at http://goo.gl/7lGvYV)

FOM has just been made the beneficiary of a $50K challenge, promising to match $ for $ all donations up to $50K. The donor has chosen to remain anonymous. Please donate now at http://www.gofundme.com/mahaulepu to help us reach our goal!

You can view the June 3 Garden Island newspaper article about the lawsuit at http://goo.gl/OR57Cl
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Update 5
Posted by Jay Kechloian
21 months ago
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Great news. As of May 14, an anonymous donor will match all donations up to a total of $50,000! This new challenge will greatly help us raise the needed funds to continue our quest to keep Mahaulepu free of the devastation of an industrial/factory dairy concentrated in this pristine area. So your donations now will have twice the effect. Mahalo!
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Update 4
Posted by Jay Kechloian
21 months ago
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Friends of Mahaulepu and the Kauai chapter of the Surfrider Foundation mailed a petition Thursday to the Department of Health and its Environmental Health Administration calling for the Waiopili stream to be listed as an impaired waterway under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. They also requested the public health warning signage.
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Update 3
Posted by Jay Kechloian
23 months ago
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From the March 13 Garden Island newspaper: "Intent to Sue Filed Over Dairy" ( http://goo.gl/jCGwKG). The issue is the assertion that the proposed industrial dairy is in violation of the federal Clean Water Act. There is a 60-day statutory period for the dairy developers to respond, after which a federal lawsuit can be filed. This is an important step.
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Raised by 331 people in 24 months
Created March 2, 2015
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Jim and Suzy Ferguson
5 days ago

Keep up the hard work!

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Keith and Lynette Lewis
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Keep up the good work.

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Gabriela Taylor
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Bless you Friends of mahaleupu and Brigette!

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Hoping to save Maha'ulepu's flora and fauna from an environmental disaster. Thank you Friends of Maha'ulepu!

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