Hawai'i Wildlife Fund 
e-Newsletter (Feb 2017)

Hawai'i Island Edition

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Join Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund in supporting Bill 13 to reduce polystyrene foam (“Styrofoam”) on Hawaiʻi Island!

Do you cringe each time you see lunch being served on a foam clamshell? We do too! But here is our chance to reduce the usage of these environmentally unfriendly products on our Hawaiʻi Island home:

In early 2017, Puna Councilwoman Eileen O’Hara resurrected the old polystyrene foam bill from last session (Bill 140) into a new bill for an ordinance for Hawaiʻi County (now called Bill 13). This bill will be heard tomorrow  (Tues., Feb 21st) in the Kona Council Chambers within the West Hawaiʻi Civic Center at 1:30PM and via videoconference from locations around the island (Hilo, Pāhoa, Nāʻālehu, Waimea). 

The link to the full Bill 13 being introduced to the Committee on Environmental Management can be found on the County website here.  You can also send in written testimony at any time to

Here are 3 easy things you can do to support these efforts:

  1. Submit testimony in support of Bill 13 for Hawaiʻi Island (be sure to include “Bill 13” in the subject line) OR feel free to use our template support email (see button below).  FYI - Other statewide initiatives in 2017 include SB 1109 and HB 1545, and Agenda Item 16-204 for Maui County (needs to be passed during a second reading in full council to move forward) so there are many opportunities for you to voice your opinion to your representatives!
  2. Pack your own lunch, eat at home or bring your own to-go ware containers and utensils to opt out of single-use plastics.
  3. Support your local FOAM FREE businesses, here is a list we have compiled of 135 such restaurants on Hawaiʻi Island:
Bill 13 Support TEMPLATE
Calendar of Upcoming HWF Events:

Tues 2/21 BILL 13 hearing @ 1:30PM! (Hawaiʻi Island)
Fri 2/24 Nahelehele Dry Forest Symposium (Kailua-Kona)
Wed 3/1 Ka Lae net recovery patrol - up to 2 volunteers needed (Kaʻū)
Sat 3/4 Big Island Community cleanup (no space avail for our event but you can meet at Old Kona Airport or Puakō Boat ramp at 8am to participate at other sites)
Sun 3/12 Volunteers needed for Kona Brewers Festival cleanup (Kailua-Kona)
~4/22 Earth Day beach cleanup (Maui – date to be confirmed soon)
Sat 4/30 Ocean Aid event (O'ahu)     --> MORE info here!
Sat 5/20 Manukā cleanup collaboration (South Kona)
Sun 6/25 Underwater dive cleanup collaboration with Kona Honu & Big Island Divers (Kailua Pier)

RSVP and more info avail from: or 808-769-7629 (call / text)
Ask us about our organic-cotton "Hold the Foam" t-shirts to show your support and promote awareness of this issue "wear-ever" you roam (bad pun). Shirts also avail for sale at Kayas in Kainaliu.
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