Hui Pono Holoholona (HPH) in Hawaiian means “People doing morally right helping the animals”, that being said, we are equally concerned for our endangered wildlife, from the oceans to our island mountain tops.  We would never set up a Trap-Neuter-Return-Manage Cat Care Program where any endangered bird life exists.  That would be contrary to our policy, and love for all animals.

      There are no endangered birds at the Keaau Transfer Station, no Nene’s, no owls, no hawks, just mynah birds and doves that harmoniously live among the cats we care for.

      When the original caregiver was in her late 80’s and could no longer drive to feed these animals in 2007, HPH realized the need to prevent these animals from starving and established an effective Trap-Neuter –Return-Manage Care Program. Scientific studies show that it is the humane, long term, effective approach for managing cats, both feral and abandoned pets. These studies have been conducted in multiple countries, and have been published in a variety of peer-reviewed scientific journals.

      For six years we (HPH) have given these Kea'au cats a second chance through our TNRM program. We have decreased the population via spay/neuter so no new kittens are being born, the colony remains stable and healthy by being provided food, water, de-worming, de-fleaing, medication when necessary, random testing for the feline disease, re-homing lost strays to their caregivers and we have found homes for hundreds.    

     Our volunteers spend their own monies in purchasing pet food, and give generously of their time to be a caregiver.

 Not many would do what we do.  We have also
 re-homed chickens/roosters, and humanely trapped and removed injured feral pigs.  We are always on alert in finding, dismantling and reporting illegal animal snares and traps that also could injure humans.  Daily visits to the colonies helps ensure a safer area for all by reporting suspicious activities to the Department of Environmental Management Division Chief.  
 
 For no reason except that he can, Mr. Bill Walter, President of W.H. Shipman, has placed language in the new lease agreement with the County to stop the feeding of feral animals.    This is his attempt to stop all our Good Samaritan/Humanitarian achievements for the animals and for the community at this location.  

    Please call Mr. Walter’s office at 966-9325, and ask him to allow us to continue our program by taking out the language in the new lease agreement that would prevent us from feeding the cats. 

    Also call the Mayor’s office at 961-8211, and request that he call Bill Walter and ask him to remove the clause in the lease forbidding the feeding of cats. 

   

Even when we win this fight, we will be removing many of the cats to a private sanctuary in order to reduce the population at the transfer station. In order to do this, we need materials to build kennels and fencing to keep the cats contained and safe.

If you would like to donate or open your heart and home to a sweet, loving kitty, please call 968-8279,

or visit hphhawaii.org,  or HPH P.O. Box 943, Mt. View, Hi 96771.   Mahalo for your support.

 KEA'AU CATS IN CRISIS

          WHAT WE DO

Since 2007, volunteers have been caring for the cats at the Kea'au Transfer Station. Co-ordinated by Hui Pono Holoholona, our program uses principles of Trap/Neuter/Return/Manage, a method tested and proven worldwide to effectively and humanely manage feral cat colonies. Most of the Kea'au cats are actually abandoned pets, so they don't even know how to forage and survive on their own. The caregivers purchase the cat food, and spend from two to four hours on their feeding days making sure even the shyest kitty gets enough food, and the friendly ones get the attention they crave. Hui Pono covers the spaying, neutering and vaccinating, flea and worm treatments, medical care and random testing for disease. New homes have been found for hundreds of these kitties. The volunteers also humanely trap and remove the many abandoned chickens, plus injured feral pigs. They pick up trash near the feeding stations, weed-eat overgrown areas, and monitor and report suspicious behavior observed in the surrounding jungle. This is all done FOR FREE!

       WHAT THEY ARE DOING

The county leases the land for the Transfer Station from W. H. Shipman Ltd.  In the new 20 year lease, Bill Walter, president of Shipman, inserted a clause that prohibits feeding feral cats on the property. We have asked numerous times for a meeting with him to discuss the situation, and he has refused to talk to us. The county did give us an extension until September to remove all the cats, a huge undertaking, requiring kennels and fencing to contain them and keep them safe on a member's private property.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

It is impossible to remove all the cats from KTS, and new ones will arrive. If we are not allowed to continue with our program, these animals will starve.  Heartless people will continue to abandon pets there as has been the problem for over 20 years, but they will no longer be spayed, neutered, fed or medically treated, or re-homed. They will be starving, invading the dumpsters, machinery, recycle center and thrift store. They will be having kittens, getting run over--or causing accidents--and spreading disease. If this is not what you want to see, please call Shipman (966-9325), send a fax  (966-8522) or an email wwalter@whshipman.com, or write a letter (16-523 Kea'au-Pahoa Rd. Kea'au HI 96749).

Ask Bill Walter to remove the clause from the lease that prohibits feeding feral cats at the Transfer Station. You may even want to tell them you will no longer patronize businesses that are on Shipman property until this is done. Call Mayor Kenoi (961-8211), and ask him to call Bill Walter and request the removal of the clause.

   We will be removing many of the cats regardless of the outcome of our fight, so if you would like to donate toward materials to house and contain our furry friends, please send to HPH,  PO Box 943, Mtn View HI 96771
   If you could open your heart and home to one or more of these sweet, loving kitties, call 968-8279 or visit www.hphhawaii.org  Mahalo for your support!