Report Title:

Kokee and Waimea Canyon State Parks

 

Description:

Appropriates funds to develop a master plan for Kokee and Waimea Canyon State Parks.

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

863

TWENTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2001

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 


 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

relating to a comprehensive master plan for kokee and waimea canyon state parks.

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

SECTION 1. The island of Kauai boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the State for backpacking, mountain biking, and horseback trail riding. West Kauai features the natural beauty of the Waimea Canyon and Kokee State Parks, portions of the Puu Ka Pele and Na Pali-Kona Forest Reserves, the Alakai Wilderness, and the Kuia Natural Area Reserve. Each year, approximately one million visitors and residents are attracted to these parks and reserves. This places an enormous strain on an already fragile ecosystem and on limited, deteriorating infrastructure and facilities. The natural resources of the Kokee area are deteriorating faster than they can be managed, exacerbated by declining resource management budgets and increased demand by both the general public and by emerging commercial operators. The existing water, sewer, and roads in the Kokee area are inadequate to meet current and future needs of both visitors and residents. The inadequate level of maintenance and repair of park facilities has been compounded by severe cuts to funding and staff. Accordingly, there is an urgent need to repair and maintain the existing infrastructure that serve Kokee and Waimea Canyon State Parks and to provide the necessary staffing and equipment.

To better determine the future capacity and activity mix of Kokee and Waimea Canyon State Parks, the State needs to conduct a comprehensive review of the activities, facilities, and environmental management efforts of these parks.

The purpose of this Act is to appropriate funds to prepare a master plan for Kokee and Waimea Canyon State Parks.

SECTION 2. The chairperson of the board of directors of the department of land and natural resources shall:

(1) Facilitate the development of the master plan with the appropriate divisions in the department of land and natural resources, existing lessees, and other stakeholders and interested parties;

(2) Prioritize areas of need for Kokee and Waimea Canyon State Parks; and

(3) Determine how to best fund and implement programs and projects to address areas of priority as indicated in the master plan for Kokee and Waimea Canyon State Parks.

The master plan shall include but is not limited to the following:

(1) Repair and maintenance of roads, including safety upgrades;

(2) Adequacy of water supply and sewage systems;

(3) Alternative strategies to enhance revenues (cabins, trails, campgrounds, concessions, user fees, etc.);

(4) Development of additional cabins and campsites;

(5) Review of long-term leases;

(6) Review of existing hiking trails;

(7) Solicitation of proposals for concessions and dining facilities operated by private vendors;

(8) Review of fishing seasons;

(9) Planting of maile and mokihana, as well as other types of flora and fauna;

(10) Development of long-range plans; and

(11) Management issues that affect the condition of the area's natural resources within and adjacent to the Kokee and Waimea Canyon State Parks.

SECTION 3. The department of land and natural resources shall submit a report regarding the status of the master plan to the legislature no later than twenty days before the convening of the regular session of 2002.

SECTION 4. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $          or so much thereof as may necessary for fiscal year 2001-2002 for the development of a master plan for Kokee and Waimea Canyon State Parks.

The sum appropriated shall be expended by the department of land and natural resources for the purposes of this Act.

SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

INTRODUCED BY:

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