The Laulima Conference and Annual Meeting of Keep the Hawaiian Islands Beautiful (KHIB) and six local affiliates will be held on Maui on Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.
Local affiliates include Nani 'o Wai'anae, Community Work Day Program (on Maui), Keep Kalaupapa Settlement Beautiful, Keep Honolulu Beautiful, Keep Kaua'i Beautiful, and Keep Hawai'i Beautiful, which compose the statewide network of the Keep America Beautiful Inc. (KAB) system in Hawai'i.
The concept of environmental court is the conference theme as Hawai'i seeks answers to increasing practices that address natural area abuses and urban practices that are environmentally disruptive to public safety and healthy lifestyles.
The founder of the nation's first environmental court, Judge Larry Potter, will be the keynote speaker at the conference to share what an environmental court is and how it functions. A mock trial presentation and panel discussion will take place at the event and an action plan to move the concept forward will be developed. KAB has been instrumental in assisting with the development of environmental courts across the nation on both the state and county levels.
KHIB and its affiliates invite the public to participate and support the work these community-based organizations have accomplished to improve the health and beauty of our precious islands.
The community-improvement focus involves KHIB in both the common and unique community issues of environmental education, preservation of culture and natural resources, brush removal and fire abatement, enforcement of abusive practices (such as illegal dumping), abandoned automobiles, neglected property, clearing and cleaning of streams and beaches, flood control measures and marine debris, and public response to requests for recycling information, direction and help with community environmental problems.
There are over 600 KAB affiliates across the nation.