STAND. COM. REP. NO. 36

                                 Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                   , 1999

                                 RE: H.B. No. 314
                                     




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

Sir:

     Your Committees on Culture and the Arts and Higher
Education, to which was referred H.B. No. 314 entitled: 

     "A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE STATE AQUARIUM,"

beg leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this bill is to allow the current management
arrangements with the Research Corporation of the University of
Hawaii and the University of Hawaii Foundation at the state
aquarium to continue indefinitely.

     ACT 187 (SLH 1997) stipulates that the transfer of the
managment of the state aquarium from the University of Hawaii to
a non-profit corporation occur before June 30, 1999. Negotiations
toward a management agreement between the University of Hawaii
and the Friends of the Waikiki Aquarium have been stalled due to
the proposal to relocate the state aquarium to Kakaako.  It is
unlikely that the Kakaako aquarium issue will be resolved before
June 30, 1999.   

     The director of the Waikiki Aquarium testified in support of
the bill.

     As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your
Committees on Culture and the Arts and Higher Education that are
attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the
intent and purpose of H.B. No. 314 and recommend that it pass
Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Finance.


 
 
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                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committees on Culture and the
                                   Arts and Higher Education,

                                   
                                   
                                   
                                   
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DAVID MORIHARA, Chair              K. MARK TAKAI, Chair