The youth of Kaua’i stood outside @VP Kamala Harris’ vacation home for two days asking for Red Hill to be shut down for good. As luck would have it these Water protectors ran into her at Hanalei Beach and finally had an opportunity to give her their message. #waterislife pic.twitter.com/7Jp3yMeADA
— Healani Sonoda-Pale (@KaLahuiHawaii) August 22, 2022
Kauai, Hawaii – Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff arrived on Kauai for a vacation away from bustle of Washington.
As their motorcade pulled up near the Kalihiwai Ridge home where the second couple are staying, they were met with people holding ‘Shut Down Red Hill’ signs.
Some members of the Oahu Water Protectors made the trip to Kauai to meet the motorcade. While they said ‘aloha’ to welcome the Vice President on her trip, they also wanted to use the opportunity to put the issue on her radar.
“To stand here and know that she’s just 100 feet away from us I think it’s important because we can’t fly to DC but DC is here, so it’s an opportunity for us to send a message to DC ,” says Healani Sonoda-Pale.
The group is calling on Harris to push for the Navy to defuel Red Hill in months and not years, and for the government to do more the support the thousands of Oahu families impacted by the water crisis.