H.C.R. NO.









expressing support for the efforts of hawaii's congressional delegation in obtaining funding for the kaumalapau harbor project.



WHEREAS, located on the west coast of Lanai, Kaumalapau Harbor (Harbor) is the main harbor for the island; and

WHEREAS, naturally well-protected by low seacliffs, the Harbor serves as the main departure site for the fishing boats of Lanai, and offers excellent areas along its rock walls and Harbor front for shoreline fishing; and

WHEREAS, the Harbor, once owned by private interests such as the Dole Pineapple Company and Lanai Company, served as a thriving and busy seaport when pineapple was "king" on the island; and

WHEREAS, built in the early 1920s, the breakwater at the Harbor suffered significant damage during repeated storms in the 1980s and 1990s; and

WHEREAS, this damage has made it difficult for ships to properly dock at the Harbor; and

WHEREAS, in 2000, the Lanai Company officially transferred the Harbor to the State, and the process to repair the breakwater was begun, with Congress appropriating funds for pre-construction engineering and design, and construction, and Lanai Company agreeing to contribute funds for a portion of the State's cash contribution requirement for the Kaumalapau Harbor Project (Harbor Project); and

WHEREAS, an invitation for bid on the Harbor Project was issued in the fall of 2003 but procurement problems caused delays in the initiation of the Harbor Project and services for the Harbor Project will need to be re-procured in May, 2004; and

WHEREAS, as part of his proposed 2005 fiscal budget, President Bush plans to cancel six projects slated for Hawaii, including the Harbor Project, which U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials have stated was not worth the cost; and

WHEREAS, Hawaii's Congressional Delegation has worked tirelessly to obtain continued funding for this important Harbor Project; and

WHEREAS, although the Harbor now stands quietly as a historic reminder of by-gone days, used primarily by the Lanai Oil Company and island fishermen, the Harbor still maintains a vital service of receiving goods and materials for the people of Lanai, serving as a vital lifeline to the State; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-second Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2004, the Senate concurring, that this body expresses its full support for the efforts of Hawaii's Congressional Delegation to obtain full funding for the Harbor Project; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the President of the United States, President of the United States Senate, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Hawaii's Congressional Delegation, and the Governor.






Report Title:

Kaumalapau Harbor Project.