Conservation Groups Sue Maui Resort for Use of Lights that Attract and Disorient Endangered Seabirds

The Center for Biological Diversity and the Conservation Council for Hawai‘i, represented by Earthjustice, sued Maui’s Grand Wailea Resort, alleging that the resort has been violating the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by using bright lights that disorient Hawaiian petrels, frequently leading to their grounding and death. Plaintiffs are seeking declaratory judgment that the resort is violating the ESA by harming and harassing the endangered seabirds without seeking incidental take authorization from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.