Hawaii’s Monk Seals & Green Sea Turtles By Tina Quizon

Posted on May 3, 2015

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“Update – We learned some Sad news from the Carroll Cox Show, today that one of the two female pregnant seals we filmed has died, find out more about the the monk seal and her babies death and the failed policies and non action by NOAA here http://carrollcox.com/Show050315.htm

We captured some footage of two Female Monk Seals who were both pregnant and resting along the beach and in the water at Ko’olina on February 2, 2015. We also got underwater footage that day of the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles ” the Honu” swimming at Ko’olina. And we wanted to share with you these rare and beautiful animals. Watch our TV Show Pathways to Paradise that aired on March 11, 2015, here is the link http://olelo.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=30&clip_id=46440 entitled “The Hawaii’s Monk Seals & Green Sea Turtles” footage as we try to share the fight of Hawaii’s Land and Endangered Ocean Species who are trying to survive amongst all of the people, Hawaii’s land Development, and Mankind’s Industrial pollution killing most of Hawaii’s delicate Ocean Reef and Coral’s here in Hawaii. Without the understanding and protection for Hawaii’s waterways and tributaries that drain into Hawaii’s ocean, the animal’s and reefs will continue to struggle.

An endangered Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle “The Honu” – photo by Tina Quizon

Here one example of how it’s all connected see our photo below of the Upside Down Box Jelly Fish we found in the Waipahu Kapakahi Stream. The JellyFish is an example of how our streams and waterways are all connected. And how what we do – recklessly polluting our Aina, or don’t do – having no real protection and management of the environment in turn, hugely impacts our land and water resources. We brought two of the Jelly fish down to the Waikiki Aquarium for Identification, the Aquarium was surprised to learn that the JellyFish were thriving so far inland from the Ocean and in the little stream in Waiaphu. It is vital for the future of the Hawaii Island to realize our impacts, we need to expand Hawaii’s conservation land, the shoreline and reef to ensure the protection of Hawaii’s Eco-systems, animals and Ocean Species.

Upside Down JellyFish thriving in the Waipahu Kapakahi Stream, is just an example of the inter-connections of our Ocean and Streams. Photo by Tina Quizon

Upside Down JellyFish thriving in the Waipahu Kapakahi Stream, is just an example of the inter-connections of our Ocean and Streams. Photo by Tina Quizon

There is no dialogue by Governor Ige, our Hawaii Senators, Legislator, Mayor Caldwell and councilmen to expand and protect conservation on the Ewa Plains, the land near our shorelines, the leeward and other wetlands, the streams and our Ocean shoreline and Reef.

With the Navy, the EPA , Hawaii’s State and City Government, the large Corporations, the DOD and our Congress taking a back seat with no action, no harsh penalties to do through clean ups and decades of a lack of remediation to contaminated sites and land. But a climate in Hawaii that favors the allowance of the continued polluting and degradation, to Hawaii’s Water and Land resources, the huge risk for extinction of many of Hawaii’s endangered species like the Monk Seal, is a fact and the decline is numbers of the Monk Seal Population will continue to rise. With the Anniversary of the Westloch Disaster coming up on May 21st, Westloch is a little know EPA Super fund Navy/DOD site were six LST Ships exploded in 1944, in the Ocean Waters of Pearl Harbor. The Westloch disaster was covered up in Secrecy until 1960. And it is still not know the full extent of the negative impacts to the Marine animals, the reef and the water from the Navy disaster that are still occurring today.

 The Westloch  Disaster another Navy/DOD site were six LST Ships exploded  in 1944, in the Ocean Waters of Pearl Harbor, it was covered up in Secrecy until 1960.  And it is still not know the full extent  negative impacts to the Marine animals, the reef and the water from the Navy disaster that are still occurring today.

The Westloch Disaster another Navy/DOD site were six LST Ships exploded in 1944, in the Ocean Waters of Pearl Harbor, it was covered up in Secrecy until 1960. And it is still not know the full extent negative impacts to the Marine animals, the reef and the water from the Navy disaster that are still occurring today.

More facts of contamination into Hawaii’s land and water in December 2014, the Sand Island ASIG HFFC failed to contain and leaked Jet fuel, over 42,000 gallons of Jet Fuel in the Land at the Sand Island Boat Harbor, no Corporate responsibility or even a formal apology to the Public by ASIG.

Separately, the Chevron workers we spoke to recently stated that the HFFC/ASIG Jet Fuel Leak is unacceptable. That Chevron has indicators and systems in place that would know as soon as just 1 gallon had leaked into the land, and the Chevron workers stated how can a large corporation the Hawaii Fueling Facilities Corporation let this happen.

Its now been more than 18 weeks, there are no new reports and HFFC is still only extracting the 43,000 gallons of Jet fuel polluting the land at Keehi Harbor at Sand Island. Current request for follow ups and on the status of the fuel in our land is null or very vague, with no talk of any action plan to remediate the surrounding Land outside the Fuel Facilty at Keehi Harbor. We were told by sources that the State Department of Health, Mr. Dean Higuchi, said that ASIG/HFFC is doing nothing wrong. We believe it is this attitude here in Hawaii by Government that allows for these large industrial giants to continue pollute Hawaii. The Jet fuel should not be in our land period, and the EPA only remarks made to us was that well it’s “Not in the Ocean yet?? “. Not in our Ocean water?

We showed you footage of the Land at Sand Island outside HFFC with the Fuel that had already made its way into the Water table. So HFFC/ASIG pollutes Hawaii’s land, that State of Hawaii says HFFC/ASIG did nothing wrong and the EPA claims they are only worried about our Ocean water. So again no one cares about the Land that is now contaminated with Jet Fuel. The EPA’s own statements to us said HFFC/ASIG is extracting a fuel water mix from many area’s outside the Facility in the ground soil at the Sand Island harbor area. And why has the 22 International Airlines who make up ASIG not made any apologies or public statements to the people of Hawaii for polluting the land (Aina) , there is no Malama the Aina from this group. It is up to us the Citizens of Hawaii to speak out and ask for accountability to protect and save Hawaii’s ocean, the animal’s and reefs will continue to struggle.

Article written by Tina Quizon, on March 14, 2015 updated and posted on May 3, 2015

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