Public monk seal hearings around the corner

Posted by Lauren Muneoka at Aug 08, 2011 04:15 AM |
KAHEA's summer intern Erika Chairez invites supporters to attend the upcoming public hearings and learn more about monk seal critical habitat.

Hello? Can you HEAR me?--Public hearings around the corner!

Aloha Everyone! My name is Erika Chairez and I am an intern this summer for KAHEA. I am a senior at Texas A&M University studying Wildlife Conservation and Anthropology.

I am helping with KAHEA’s campaign to expand critical habitat for monk seals and let me tell you this is an exciting time to be in Hawaii.
Conservation efforts for the Hawaiian monk seal have been in the works for several years and now 11,000 square miles of proposed critical habitat is steps closer to becoming officially designated.

I’m inviting supporters of monk seal critical habitat to come and make your voices heard! Monk seal hearings are being held throughout the islands, August 8-16. I will definitely be at the O’ahu hearing representing KAHEA’s everlasting fight to protect Hawaii’s culture, resources, and rights.

What to expect at the hearing:
Informational posters available for view
Short introduction and presentation
Index cards for written question
Q&A session from index cards
Public testimony

Monday, August 8 5:30-8 pm
Mitchell Pauole Center
90 Ainoa Street
Kaunakakai, HI 96748

Tuesday, August 9 5:30-8 pm
Kihei Community Center
303 E. Lipoa St.
Kihei, HI 96753

Wednesday, August 10 5:30-8 pm
Kaua’i War Memorial Convention Hall
4191 Hardy St., Exhibit Hall B
Lihu’e, HI 96766

Thursday, August 11 5:30-8 pm
McCoy Pavilion at Ala Moana Park
1201 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96814

Monday, August 15 5:30-8 pm
Mokupapapa Discovery Center
308 Kamehameha Ave., 109
Hilo, HI 96720

Tuesday, August 16 6:30-9 pm
Kahakai Elementary School
76-147 Royal Poinciana Drive
Kailua Kona, HI 96740

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