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Kandalynn Naidl

Kihei Charter High School


300 Ohukai Rd #C210
Kihei, HI 96753
knaidl@kiheicharter.org

Brian Schatz
300 Ala Moana Blvd., Rm 7-212
Honolulu, HI 96850
PHONE: (808) 523-2061
FAX: (808) 523-2065
3rd December 2016

To the Honorable Congressman Brian Schatz,

My name is Kandalynn Naidl and I attend Kihei Charter High School as a freshman. An
integrated project has been assigned to the entire freshman class about sustainability, (integrated
projects we work on in every class). The driving question of the project is, If there were no
more planes or barges bringing food to Hawaii, how would we get our food supply? Personally,
I think this is a very important topic and should be brought up in today's way of life. We have
become a throwaway society, and an individualistic society. Teenagers do not contribute to their
community enough, and dont even realize why Hawaii should become sustainable. We live in a
state that is dependent on imports, so dependent that if we were to be cut off from them we
would only have 2 weeks of food. Hawaii imports 90% of the energy we use, and 85% of the
food we eat. These imports are hard to come by, we spend billions of dollars every year in
shipping. If we were to cut down the amount of food being imported into Hawaii by 10%,
meaning we would only be importing 75% of our food, we would keep 313 million dollars in
state. We are susceptible to natural disasters and corporate manipulation.
You can help create or pass a law. Laws help govern our society and would accelerate the
process of becoming sustainable. Some laws that can be passed are zoning laws, incentives for
farmers, subdividing laws, and foreign development for profit laws.
Zoning laws need to be passed because people who want to build should not be able to
use agricultural land, (land that was meant for farmers, and to keep our community healthy), for
building a skyscraper or another Starbucks. The law should state that agricultural land can not be
rezoned.
We have enough agricultural land on Maui to be sustainable, it just needs to be protected,
rehabilitated, and made available to farmers. Farmers should be given incentives because of how
expensive it is to become a farmer in today's world. We need local farms to become sustainable,
but they will not stick around if they have to give back thousands of dollars every years whilst
developers only pay back the state one dollar a year for profit based development. Incentives
such as this would increase sustainability, health in our community, and health in our
environment.
A law on subdividing should be created because agricultural land is being bought,
rezoned, and then subdivided and used for business and urban development. Maui is an island,
by rezoning and subdividing we will run out of rural and agricultural land; once that happens we
will have lost the aesthetically pleasing and historically rich environment that Maui is.
Subdividing is when land that has already been divided is divided again for multiple reasons,
affordable housing, business, etc.
Foreign development needs to have more restrictions and more laws. People from all over
the world come to Hawaii to buy land because of how inexpensive it is (in the world market),
and how easy it is to have areas rezoned and subdivided. People born and raised in Maui can
barely afford to live here and find an affordable house here. Incentives for foreign development
is not okay, the citizens of Maui are paying for them to be here when they do not give back to the
community or environment at all. Foreign investors should have to pay heavy taxes that go back
to the community, and areas around it. Homeowners who live here only two weeks of the year,
should pay higher taxes as well, they do not give back to the community. Many times they are
running their homes as vacation rentals. Having both foreign investors and transient residents
paying taxes, would improve the community's schools, infrastructure, parks, etc, that would only
make their business thrive. Commented [1]: you might want to choose two of your
possible laws to be implemented because there is a lot
We need to have S.M.A.R.T goals, (goals that are simple, measurable, achievable, of detailed information which makes it a bit difficult to
realistic, and timely.) We can not keep living the way we do and contributing to the global focus in on the actual laws, but I love each of your
ideas
problem of climate change. Shipping accounts for four percent of the greenhouse gas emissions,
cargo ships that bring the imports we need emit as much pollution as 50 million cars per year.
We need to use the renewable resources at hand such as solar, wind, waves/currents, and
use them effectively. We need to collect more rain water and stop using genetically modified
organisms (GMOs) and fertilizers that pollute the land. We need to use the land dedicated to
agriculture for growing organic crops, and use natural fertilizers. Some examples of natural
fertilizer are:
Compost with a good carbon to nitrogen ratio of dead plants and plants that are
being broken down by bacteria
Nitrogen fixing plants (legumes, hemp, pigeon peas, etc.) around the plant you are
growing. Growing nitrogen fixers around a main crop produces abundant harvests
and keeps nitrogen in the soil.
Cow manure contains nitrogen, phosphorus, carbon, and good bacteria. When
using manure for fertilizer, runoff must be contained and monitored. This will
prevent the spread of diseases and water pollution.
Attempting and achieving sustainability will affect everyone living in Hawaii, and other
countries who depend on Hawaiis need of exports. The problem will not be solved in a few
months or a couple years, but with the help from you and other local leaders/contributors we can
reach our sustainability goal. Maui has the opportunity to set a sustainability standard for the
state of Hawaii Nei, and affect futures globally. We need to take care of the land for the land to
take care of us.
The state motto is Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ina i ka Pono, which translates to The life of the land is
preserved in the righteousness of the people. Commented [2]: doesn't really make sense to put this
here

Thank you for this opportunity,


Kandalynn Naidl

http://www.schatz.senate.gov/