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Annual General Membership Program Planning Meeting
President's Message (Grace Furukawa)
Revision of Land Use Ordinance Proposed (Astrid Monson)
Con Con / POC (Jean Aoki)
LWVUS Response to 60 Minutes (Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins)
HECO: 138-kv Project (Ruth Brantley)
Violence Prevention Committee Report (Suzanne Meisenzahl)
Education Committee (Mary Anne Raywid)
Hawaii Clean Elections (Grace Furukawa)
Program Planning Sets the Course
Special Thanks to League Volunteers
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HECO: 138-kv Project

Hawaiian Electric Company's proposed project (the Kamoku-Pukele link is a source of major distress to residents of all of the communities threatened by this high-voltage power line. Almost without exception, comments submitted on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement is opposed to the project. Serious challenges have been raised regarding the need and reliance on out-dated technology.

From The Honolulu Advertiser (October 20, 1998): "Lower-than-expected revenue at HEI's utility subsidiary may foreshadow what could be a lengthy slump in demand for electricity. Our utilities have been working very hard on

initiatives to keep costs down to offset a decline in sales," said Robert Clarke, HEI's chairman and chief executive. "HEI has been cautiously optimistic in forecasting electricity sales, but yesterday said it plans to lower its five-year compounded growth forecast for electricity sales from 1 percent to 0.3 percent." there was a "2.1 percent drop in overall kilowatt-hour sales last quarter."

ALA WAI CANAL WATERSHED IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

A day-long public gathering was held August 22, 1998 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village to discuss the many ways in which Malama Kakou promotes the restoration of watersheds and as a means by which it represents Hawaii as a leader in a dynamic global system.

The Ala Wai Watershed model is a community-based, public-private project which serves to develop practical, affordable, and sustainable solutions for everyone to enjoy the Ala Wai Canal and streams leading into the Canal. The project is designed to promote clean water stewardship through collaborative efforts of through government, business, and community associations. The area under discussion range from the mountains to the sea encompassing Tantalus, Papakolea, Makiki-Punchbowl, Manoa Valley and the University of Hawaii, St. Louis Heights, Palolo Valley, Ala Moana, Kakaako, McCully, Waikiki, Kaimuki, Kapuhulu, and Diamond Head.

A Federal grant totaling $174,068 was approved and distributed to the project coordinators to carry out capital improvements projects.

Ruth Brantley
Chair Environment

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