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07 • 17 • 2019

Save Shark’s Cove!

Prevent the overdevelopment at Shark's Cove on Oahu's North Shore and protect the Marine Life Conservation District from polluted runoff, litter, and overuse of this protected area.

In July 2019, Surfrider Foundation Oahu Chapter joind signed on to the Save Sharks Cove Alliance's (SSCA) public interest lawsuit against the City and County of Honolulu and the current developer Hanapohaku LLC. The lawsuit has two primary goals:

  1. To ensure that proper planning, permitting, and enforcement processes that protect the integrity and character of the community and the environment are transparent, robust, and fully followed; 
  2. To ensure that adequate environmental review and monitoring is properly completed and mitigation is fully in place prior to any development to avoid adverse significant and cumulative impacts on the community, culture, and environment.  

The SSCA believes that the new development designed by Hanapohaku doesn't adhere to the above goals and poses a threat to water quality and character of the community. Surfrider Foundation Oahu Chapter supported this cause and joined the litigation in 2019.  The potential impacts on Sharks Cove, the Pūpūkea Beach Park, and the Pūpūkea Marine Life Conservation District MLCD, and the community include: overuse of protected areas, litter, polluted surface and subsurface runoff, freshwater or ocean contamination, traffic congestion, risky pedestrian crossings of the highway, noise, and odors.

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