Good news from Hawaii

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In WRM Bulletin nr. 3 (8/8/97) we informed about the struggle of Friends of Hamakua, in conjunction with local farmers and community organizations, to stop eucalyptus plantations planned by Prudential Insurance Co.and Oji/Paper Marubeni in the Big Island of Hawaii. The organization also presented an alternative land use plan for the area. A final decision by the regional authorities was expected. We are very happy to inform that Friends of Hamakua has sent us a postcard containing the following text:

“On November 14 the full moon, amidst the howling public. The Hawaii DLNR voted down the pulp proposal! Thank you so much for your help in creating this rare and unusual turn of events. Hamakua residents extend to you our warmest aloha”.