State of Hawaii Archives: on Environment


David Ige: Push Congress to spend more on Hawaii tourism

The net value of Federal spending in Hawai'i--the difference between the amount of taxes we send to Washington, D.C. and receive in spending--has declined every year under the current Governor. As Governor, I will work with our Congressional delegation to reverse this trend.
Source: 2014 Hawaii gubernatorial campaign website DavidIge.org Aug 9, 2014

David Ige: Increase funding for watersheds & against invasive species

We can have both a healthy environment and responsible economic growth through comprehensive planning that engages environmental interests, development interests, and other community interests.
Source: 2014 Hawaii gubernatorial campaign website DavidIge.org Aug 9, 2014

Neil Abercrombie: Food labeling good, but not at expense of small businesses

Q: Where do you stand on labeling of genetically engineered food and pesticide regulation? Are these public safety issues, or are the dangers exaggerated?

ABERCROMBIE: It's about balance. I fully support consumers' right to know what's in their food. However, we must be sure that this effort meets legal and constitutional requirements and does not come at the expense of small businesses. Small retailers, distributors, and food manufacturers should not be penalized by food labeling requirements. That's why I'm working with my good friend Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin to learn from his state's experience of having passed one of the first laws in the country on this issue. I'm also looking to the federal government for guidance and leadership on this issue.

IGE: I support the right to know what is in our food, but labeling should be addressed at the federal, not the state level, so that Hawaii's farmers, retailers and consumers are not subject to additional costs.

Source: Honolulu Civil Beat Q&A on 2014 Hawaii gubernatorial race Jul 23, 2014

David Ige: Right to know what is in our food, via federal labeling

Q: Where do you stand on labeling of genetically engineered food and pesticide regulation? Are these public safety issues, or are the dangers exaggerated?

A: I support the right to know what is in our food, but labeling should be addressed at the federal, not the state level, so that Hawaii's farmers, retailers and consumers are not subject to additional costs. I will urge our congressional members to support federal legislation in this area. There are no valid scientific studies that show any difference between genetically modified and naturally grown food. State enforcement is needed to properly enforce regulations on pesticide use.

Source: Honolulu Civil Beat Q&A on 2014 Hawaii gubernatorial race Jul 11, 2014

David Ige: Protect Hawaii's fragile resources for future generations

Q: There is a desire to grow the economy through new development yet also a need to protect our limited environmental resources. How would you balance these competing interests?

A: Our state has not done enough to protect Hawaii's fragile natural and cultural resources for future generations. We can have both responsible economic growth and a healthy environment by comprehensively planning for competing land use needs. I'll continue to protect Hawaii from invasive species and irresponsible development. My goal is to find a balance between creating new housing and job opportunities while preserving our environment.

Source: Honolulu Civil Beat Q&A on 2014 Hawaii gubernatorial race Jul 11, 2014

Charles Djou: Advocated for recycling and trash services on City Council

Urban and dense Honolulu forces its children to walk home from school on broken sidewalks. It was refreshing a few weekends ago spending the day with the Hawaii Bicycling League discussing government reform and safe streets at TEDx Honolulu. It's so nice to know others feel as strongly as you. If only our government leaders addressed structural problems the way they funneled pork projects like building a massive and widely unpopular rail system. I saw the frustration of my friend Charles Djou when he served on the city council as he advocated for and worked for better recycling and trash services. Fixing problems was real to him and his attempts in public service were often stifled by good intentioned politicians that promoted clumsy poor policy.
Source: Business Week on 2014 Hawaii Governor race Dec 9, 2013

Ed Case: Diversify tourism to include educational & eco-tourism

Mazie Hirono focused on her Visit the USA bill which would ease visa requirements making it easier for the Chinese to spend their money here in Hawaii. Democrat opponent Ed Case agreed it's a good idea but claims he's better suited to get it passed. He criticized Hirono for taking so long to introduce it and getting relatively few in congress to support it. "She didn't do anything for almost five years so from my perspective this is something she did because she is running for the Senate not because she was focusing on tourism," said Case. "People need a senator that works all six years not just in an election year and that's what I will do."

Case said he would diversify tourism because Hawaii is not just about Waikiki and beaches." People want constant change, they want some things about Hawaii but they want agricultural tourism, they want eco tourism, they want scientific tourism, educational tourism and these can all occur throughout this state," said Case.

Source: Hawaii News Now coverage of 2012 Hawaii Senate debate May 30, 2012

Mazie Hirono: Visit the USA Bill: attract 300,000 Chinese by easier visas

Mazie Hirono focused the majority of her comments on her Visit the USA bill which would ease visa requirements making it easier for the Chinese to spend their money here in Hawaii. "China, now that is a huge market: 54 million Chinese are traveling all across the world, fewer than a million of them come to our country. Why? Because our visa process is so difficult," said Hirono. "We can attract some 300,000 Chinese visitors, $600 million spent in our economy, creating 6,000 jobs."

Opponent Ed Case agreed it's a good idea but claims he's better suited to get it passed. He criticized Hirono for taking so long to introduce it and getting relatively few in congress to support it. Hirono responded saying there is a lot going on. "Right now there is an election that we need to get through but it's going to have bipartisan support," said Hirono.

Source: Hawaii News Now coverage of 2012 Hawaii Senate debate May 30, 2012

Neil Abercrombie: New Day Work Projects: transit-oriented development

I will convene a group of experts and University officials to consider the future of sports & the future of development on Oahu to make a definitive decision on Aloha Stadium and any future stadium we might build. Other than maintenance related to health and safety, I will divert all other capital improvement dollars for Aloha Stadium to other projects. Right now, multimillion dollar plans to extend the life of Aloha Stadium by 20 years could take 40 years to implement. It is time to reprioritize. The Ne Day Work Projects will look to the future and what our community and economy will look like decades from now. For example, as Honolulu moves on its transit plans, the state will actively support attractive, sustainable transit-oriented redevelopment. The legislature has proposals on these concepts, including looking at density rights and other zoning initiatives. I look forward to participating in the discussion and moving quickly. The people of Hawaii are going to get to work and build our future.
Source: 2011 Hawaii State of the State Address Jan 24, 2011

Duke Aiona: Make Hawai'i the greenest place on Earth

Q: Do you support state funding for open space preservation?

A: Yes.

Aiona adds, "I'm committed to the long-term vision of making Hawai'i the greenest place on Earth and doing it in a way that's affordable for all of our citizens.

Source: Hawaii Gubernatorial Election 2010 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Benjamin Cayetano: Balance growth against environmental protection

Economic growth should never come at the expense of our natural environment. I propose a long-range analysis of our State’s carrying capacity to help evaluate our State’s ability to endure growth. We will look at whether the State’s infrastructure & our natural resources can survive such growth without being damaged. The results of this analysis will be used to create a strategic plan to make sure we balance our economic interests in maintaining tourism with our duty to protect our natural environment.
Source: 2001 State of the State address to Hawaii Legislature Jan 22, 2001

Benjamin Cayetano: $22M to improve state parks

Our parks system needs our attention now. We must repair worn facilities, upgrade older ones, and otherwise beautify these parks. I am proposing spending $22 million in capital improvements to repair and maintain our State parks. For the long-term care of our parks, I am proposing that half the money from the hotel room tax that does not go for marketing be used to improve and protect the wonders of our State parks system.
Source: 2001 State of the State address to Hawaii Legislature Jan 22, 2001

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