S.C.R. NO.



S.D. 1






requesting the counties to address light pollution issues THROUGH their ordinances.


WHEREAS, dark skies are vital to the success of Hawaii's astronomy and space surveillance industries; and

WHEREAS, astronomy and space surveillance conducted in Maui and Hawaii counties contribute millions of dollars to the State's economy every year; and

WHEREAS, artificial lighting on the ocean or illuminating the shoreline and nearshore waters can be disruptive to both avian and marine life; and

WHEREAS, such artificial lights have been documented to cause the death of hatching sea turtles, fledgling shearwaters, nocturnal flying sea birds, and migratory birds; and

WHEREAS, laboratory studies have shown that artificial lights can also harm corals that naturally spawn during a full moon by inducing them to spawn artificially during the dark phase of the moon cycle; and

WHEREAS, there are reports by fishers that such artificial illumination affects the behavior of fish; and

WHEREAS, light pollution also affects astronomical and space surveillance industries, including scientific establishments on Mauna Kea and Haleakala; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twenty-second Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2004, the House of Representatives concurring, that the counties are requested to address all light pollution issues through their ordinances; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that these issues include eliminating or mitigating artificial lights from adjacent buildings affecting the shorelines and nearshore waters that harm sea turtles, Newell's shearwaters, dark-rumped petrels, band-rumped storm petrels, Hawaiian monk seals, or any other marine population so threatened or harmed; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that these issues include eliminating or mitigating artificial lights from buildings affecting the darkness of our skies near key astronomy and space surveillance sites; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Mayor and the Chairperson of the Council of each county.

Report Title:

Light Pollution; Cities and Counties; Building Ordinances