Promising start to effort to stop cane burning

Good news: The Department of Health included new rules for calling no-burn days in the 2013 Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar permit.

You may not even be aware that HC&S has been harvesting cane for the first week of the season without burning. Before, they would have burned and we’d be choking on smoke. wants to thank all the folks who took the time to report smoke at ground level. If we continue to report, we can separate out the fields that routinely smoke us out for no-burn harvest and we’ll all breathe easier.

I’m encouraged that the Department of Health has responded to our complaints with effective changes.

It is more important than ever to report smoke at ground level every time you breathe it. Use the one-click link at to email your report. Attach photos if you can.

This week of no-burn harvesting shows that HC&S can continue to grow sugar without burning, using its existing equipment. A win all around.

Look for the “Ban the Burn” cards telling you how to report smoke and go to if you’d like a bumper sticker.

Sincere thanks to the DOH and the community who helped these new rules come about. This is a promising start.

Karen Chun