THE SENATE                           S.C.R. NO.            118
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                    SENATE  CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION

  REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES TO WORK
    IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE COUNTY OF HAWAII AND ALL CONCERNED
    PARTIES TO DEVELOP A MASTER PLAN FOR KEEPING POHOIKI BOAT
    RAMP SAFE AND CLEAN NOW AND IN THE FUTURE.



 1        WHEREAS, Pohoiki Boat Ramp, constructed by the United
 2   States Army Corps of Engineers in 1963, is the only launching
 3   facility located in the Big Island's Puna District.  The ramp
 4   is an eighteen-foot wide, single-lane concrete ramp located at
 5   Pohoiki Bay within the County's Isaac Hale Beach Park; and
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 7        WHEREAS, Pohoiki Boat Ramp, the Department of Land and
 8   Natural Resource's sole holding in the entire bay area, is the
 9   only access to the ocean for boating and swimming within the
10   county park for approximately two miles in any direction.  All
11   adjacent property is owned and maintained by the County of
12   Hawaii; and
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14        WHEREAS, the ocean access at the boat ramp is an
15   ingress/egress zone, not only for boaters, but also for
16   swimmers, divers, and surfers.  On any given day during the
17   busy summer months, there could be over fifty swimmers in the
18   water while boats are entering and exiting the narrow corridor;
19   and
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21        WHEREAS, a boat approaching Pohoiki Boat Ramp from the
22   ocean requires a tight, 90-degree turn, usually at a high rate
23   of speed, around a blind corner to make it safely to the ramp.
24   Swimmers in the water cannot see a vessel approaching nor can
25   an approaching vessel see swimmers in the water.  Ocean swells
26   require boaters to "time" their entry into the channelway
27   accessing the launch ramp.  A slight miscalculation could
28   result in the grounding of a vessel; and
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30        WHEREAS, during the fall and winter months, the prevalent
31   weather can change considerably, making the launching of
32   vessels from the boat ramp extremely dangerous.  The ramp is,
33   therefore, seldom used during this time; and
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35        WHEREAS, shore resources are heavily impacted by human

 
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 1   use.  The boat ramp is located within a county park where many
 2   recreational activities occur.  Camping, swimming, fishing,
 3   hiking, barbecuing, boating, and other recreation activities
 4   all occur within a small geographic zone; and
 5   
 6        WHEREAS, Pohoiki Boat Ramp is a designated Department of
 7   Land and Natural Resources Sustainability Hotspot based on the
 8   public safety consideration.  The simultaneous activities
 9   occurring in the water pose a safety risk that demand the
10   attention of state and county officials; now, therefore,
11   
12        BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twentieth Legislature
13   of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 1999, the House of
14   Representatives concurring, that the Department of Land and
15   Natural Resources is requested to work in partnership with the
16   County of Hawaii and all concerned parties to develop a master
17   plan for keeping Pohoiki Boat Ramp safe and clean now and in
18   the future; and
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20        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of Land and
21   Natural Resources, if the need should arise because of
22   difficulties in negotiating compromises that are acceptable to
23   all concerned parties, is requested to utilize the mediation
24   services of the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution in
25   the Judiciary; and
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27        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of Land and
28   Natural Resources is requested to submit annual progress
29   reports to the Legislature not less than twenty days prior to
30   the convening of each Regular Session until a master plan that
31   is deemed acceptable by all concerned parties is developed for
32   Pohoiki Boat Ramp; and
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34        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
35   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Chairperson of the
36   Board of Land and Natural Resources, the Mayor of the County of
37   Hawaii, the Chairperson of the Hawaii County Council, the Chief
38   Justice, and the Administrative Director of the Courts; and be
39   posted at Pohoiki Boat Ramp and Isaac Hale Beach Park.
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