It was quite telling that, according to The Garden Island, neither the County nor KIUC sent a representative to Wednesday night’s for the Newell’s shearwater habitat conservation plan — a plan the state is developing because the county and KIUC, among others, have been so slow in developing their own. It’s the plan that will allow KIUC, the county and others to kill or injure `A`o in the course of their operations, so you’d think they would show face to support it.
Correction: I just talked to two people who were at the meeting and KIUC did indeed have two staff members and two Board members at the meeting.
And Beth Tokioka tells me that there were two HCP scoping meetings on Wednesday. At the first meeting, the county's Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation, Kylan Dela Cruz, was in attendance. At the second, Ken Teshima, Department of Public Works, Andrea Suzuki, Deputy County Attorney, and representatives from the county's consulting firm, Plan Solutions, were present.
Once again, I'm reminded that I cannot trust TGI's reporting. What's weird is that TGI just went and deleted all those inaccurate references from the article posted on-line...
Anyway, for more than a decade private businesses and the county haven't really stepped up to the plate in regard to mitigating threats to the A`o, reflecting an indifference that has contributed to the rapid decline of yet another one of Hawaii’s native bird species.
I outline it quite clearly in this week’s Honolulu Weekly cover story, “Fatal Attraction.” I did cringe a little at the subhead — “In birds vs. sports, did the state drop the ball?” — because in that particular conflict, it’s clearly the county that dropped the ball.
Still, I wasn’t trying to pin blame on anyone with that story. I just wanted to make it clear that, as Earthjustice attorney David Henkin pointed out, “Blaming the birds is not rational.”
But then, so much of what we do as a species isn’t.
Which is why we’re spending trillions on war and allowing a species that has been around for millions of years — a species that has long played a critical role in the ecological health of the native forests that comprise our watershed — to edge uncomfortably close to the brink of extinction.
Over and over, as a species, we choose death and destruction over life and creation.
And if that's not irrational, I don't know what is.