What: Land Use Commission hearing regarding the City’s plans to extend Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill for 15 years and expand its acreage

When: Thursday, 9/24/09, 9am

Where: Sheraton Waikiki

Who: Senate President Colleen Hanabusa, Ko Olina Community Association, and Rep. Maile Shimabukuro have challenged the City’s plans to extend the Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill (WGSL) for 15 years and expand its acreage

Why: Opponents say the City has repeatedly promised to close the landfill, that significant cultural sites would be compromised, that there are repeated health and safety violations, that agriculture land should be preserved for farming, and other reasons.

How to Testify: Come in person, or send an email (, or send a fax (587-3827)

The WGSL expansion Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) may be found online at:
You may also find the EIS at the Office of Environmental Quality Control’s (OEQC) webiste by clicking here, or going to the following link:

Some news articles regarding the WGSL:
Council chairman files motion to postpone landfill hearingHonolulu Star-Bulletin – Honolulu,HI,USAMaile Shimabukuro. Apo had sought to join the case, but his motion to intervene was denied last week by a 7-1 vote of the commission.

Background: The City applied for a Special Use Permit and Boundary Amendment for the Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill (WGSL). The City is seeking to extend the landfill by approximately 92 acres, and lengthen its life by 15 years. Current zoning for the land in question is agriculture.

The Petition to Intervene is attached below. The reasons cited for opposing the City include:
(a) Promise made of closure.
(b) Stability of the landfill.
(c) The culturally significant outcropping;
(d) Violations of management, including the Notice of Violations and Order imposed by the State Department of Health.
(e) Blasting to create the landfill.
(f) Health, safety and water quality concerns.
(g) Procedural matters such as the filing of a boundary amendment and SUP which creates a burden upon any interested party to the WGSL expansion and extension issues.

The petition can be viewed in 4 different sections.
Pages 1-10 (click here)
Pages 11-20 (click here)
Pages 21-30 (click here)
page 31 (click here)