STAND. COM. REP. NO.100-02
RE: H.B. No. 2249
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Water and Land Use, to which was referred H.B. No. 2249 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO NORTH KOHALA,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to protect and provide public access to the Kohala Historical Sites State Monument (Monument) in North Kona, Hawaii, by:
(1) Directing the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) to use its eminent domain powers to purchase specific parcels of lands adjacent to the Monument;
(2) Appropriating an unspecified amount for this acquisition; and
(3) Authorizing the Mookini Luakini Corporation to protect and care for Mookini Heiau, one of the sites that comprises the Monument.
The Mookini Luakini Foundation and a concerned individual testified in support of this bill. DLNR supported the intent of this measure. Surety Kohala Corporation, the landowner of the properties, opposed this bill.
Act 166, Session Laws of Hawaii 1992, mandated that certain parcels of land be acquired to ensure the unimpaired preservation of the visual, cultural, and historical aspects of the Monument. Since then, the State has made unsuccessful attempts to acquire the lands adjacent to the Monument from the private landowner through either a purchase or land exchange.
Your Committee encourages DLNR to continue to pursue a land exchange to resolve this matter.
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. 2249 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Water and Land Use,
EZRA KANOHO, Chair