Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                   , 1999

                                 RE: H.B. No. 1378
                                     H.D. 1

Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii


     Your Committee on Water and Land Use, to which was referred
H.B. No. 1378 entitled: 


begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this bill is to provide that use of historic
properties shall conform to county zoning requirements.  

     Your Committee received testimony as follows:

     1.   Gamrex Inc., Kahaluu Neighbors Against the Laakea
          Wedding Chapel, Life of the Land, 17 individuals, in

     2.   County of Hawaii Planning Department, Bayer Estate, Tom
          Heinrich Attorney at Law, two members of the City
          Council of the City and County of Honolulu, two
          individuals, in opposition; and

     3.   Board of Land and Natural Resources, offering comment.  

     Your Committee finds that the operation of private wedding
chapels in residential areas can generate noise and traffic,
severely affecting the quality of life for the nearby community.
These private wedding sites, however, do not necessarily operate
under the aegis of historic preservation laws.  In addition, the
counties already possess the authority to restrict uses of these
operations, whether they are on historic sites or not.  

     Your Committee revised the bill by:  

                                 STAND. COM. REP. NO. 417
                                 Page 2

     1.   Providing that counties may approve uses of historic
          properties that comply with applicable zoning
          requirements; and 

     2.   Making technical, non-substantive changes for the
          purposes of style and clarity.  

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Water and Land Use that is attached to this report,
your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B.
No. 1378, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second
Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1378, H.D. 1, and
be referred to the Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Water and Land

                                   Romy M. Cachola, Chair