Brown Bag Biography with Ernie Lau and Kathleen M. Pahinui

February 2, 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Mānoa Campus, Zoom

The Center for Biographical Research presents: / “Mālama I Ka Wai” / Ernie Lau, Manager and Chief Engineer, Board of Water Supply, and Kathleen M. Pahinui, Public Information Officer, Board of Water Supply / The US Navy's Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility sits just 100 feet above O'ahu's primary drinking water supply. Since its construction in 1943, at least 200,000 gallons of fuel have leaked into nearby water sources. Though Red Hill operations have stopped, fuel remains in the tanks, threatening O'ahu's water supply. In November 2021, a fuel leak from Red Hill contaminated the drinking water supply, affecting nearly 100,000 Navy residents, businesses, and employees. Following this petroleum exposure, Navy families have reported health issues including difficulty breathing, dizziness, rashes, and vomiting. In this talk, Ernie Lau and Kathleen M. Pahinui of the Board of Water Supply will discuss the importance of our water and threats to its continued viability. In particular, they will focus on the impacts of Red Hill on our water sources and what we can do to ensure their protection from contamination. / Ernie Lau has served as the Manager and Chief Engineer of the Board of Water Supply since 2012. His experience lies in navigating difficult issues that arise from running the largest water system in the State of Hawaii. Through his extensive career in water management, Lau has advocated for long-range planning, transparency, and community input. Kathleen M. Pahinui has served as the Public Information Officer for the Board of Water Supply since 2016. She brings private and public sector experience in marketing and communications to this role, as well as a passion for conserving and preserving our precious water sources. /Cosponsored by the Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi, Hawaiʻi Peace and Justice, Shut Down Red Hill Coalition, Hamilton Library, the Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, Hui ʻĀina Pilipili: Native Hawaiian Initiative, the Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, the School of Cinematic Arts, the School of Communication & Information, the Departments of Anthropology, History, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies/ Thursday, February 2/ Zoom / 12 noon to 1:15PM HST / Zoom link: 62 / Zoom Meeting ID: 989 1219 5994/ Password: 385105

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Center for Biographical Research, Mānoa Campus

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