STAND. COM. REP. NO.1037-02
RE: H.C.R. No. 87
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.C.R. No. 87 entitled:
"HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE BOARD OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES TO INVESTIGATE EXISTING CONFLICTS BETWEEN ORGANIZED WATER SPORTS EVENTS AND INDIVIDUAL RECREATIONAL USERS AND DEVELOP RECOMMENDATIONS FOR EQUITABLE ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE WATERS AND BEACHES OF THE STATE,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this concurrent resolution is to request the Department of Land and Natural Resources to develop recommendations to provide equitable access to and use of the waters and beaches of the State for both organized water sports events and individual recreational users.
Your committee finds that Hawaii has long been considered the surfing mecca of the world with her beautiful surfing spots and the natural beauty of our islands as the backdrop popularized by commercially sponsored surfing events shown on television worldwide.
Your committee further finds that these positive attributes have also come at the expense of the general public. While the number of commercially sponsored professional surfing events are increasing, beach access and availability of surf spots to our local residents in well-known popular areas are decreasing.
The Department of Land and Natural Resources offered testimony in support of this resolution.
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 concurs with the intent and purpose of H.C.R. No. 87 and recommends its adoption.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Water and Land Use,
EZRA KANOHO, Chair