STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1129_______

                                 Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                   , 1999

                                 RE: S.B. No. 568
                                     S.D. 2
                                     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
S.B. No. 568, S.D. 2, entitled: 


begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this bill is to ensure proper handling of
burial sites by establishing a burial site program within DLNR to
assist island burial councils with their mandated
responsibilities and clarifying and strengthening various laws
relating to the preservation of native Hawaiian burial sites and

     Your Committee received testimony as follows:

     1.   Board of Land and Natural Resources, Office of Hawaiian
          Affairs, Hawaii Green Party, one professional
          archaeologist, Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawaii Nei, in

     2.   Land Use Research Foundation, three professional
          archaeologists, Nene O Molokai, in opposition; and

     3.   Kamehameha Schools Bernice Pauahi Bishop Estate, one
          member of the Maui/Lanai Burial Council, offering

     Your Committee finds that the proper handling of human
remains requires knowledge and cultural sensitivity.  A burial
sites program with qualified personnel will help to provide the
necessary support and expertise to the island burial councils.  

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     Furthermore, your Committee finds that the Committee on
Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs will need to look carefully at the
definition of burial specialist and the provision on forfeiture
of property.  

     Your Committee revised the bill by:  

     1.   Adding a definition of heiau; 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 S.B.
No. 568, S.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass
Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 568, S.D.
2, 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