Hawaii Environmental and Land Use Law
The State of Hawaii possesses some of the most beautiful and fragile ecosystems in the world. Towering volcanos, windswept beaches and sensitive reefs are just a fraction of the beauty of Hawaii. Due to the beauty of the islands it also makes them one of the most desirable places to visit and live. Population growth, invasive flora and fauna and development all pose challenges to the environment. Past uses of the island have caused damage, including contamination of soil and groundwater that need to be addressed. The balance between past problems, current development and the native ecosystem is a delicate one that is both complex and subject to a variety of legal challenges.
Caufield & James, LLP, collectively has over 50 years experience dealing with a variety of legal issues surrounding the environment. These include addressing past soil and groundwater contamination by pursuing insurance coverage, dealing with current developmental pressures and zoning issues, and also dealing with issues that arise from the compliance with the various Federal and State environmental laws and regulations.
We’ve represented non-profit groups, individuals, small family owned businesses and corporations in both litigation and in an advisory role is dealing with environmental issues. This includes involvement in cases that have made national headlines and involve billions of dollars to smaller matters that are just as important to our firm, even if they don’t make national headlines. We understand that whether a matter is large or small, it is important to the client and can be extremely stressful and emotional. Our goal is to make every client feel like we consider their matter to be important and also to generate a relationship of trust as we negotiate through the legal process.