Report Title:

Honolua Bay Advisory Committee; Honolua Bay MLCD management



Creates a temporary Honolua Bay advisory committee to develop a management plan for the Honolua Bay Marine Life Conservation District on the island of Maui.  Report to the legislature.  Appropriates funds. (HB3262 HD1)



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     SECTION 1.  The legislature finds that since the days of the ancient Hawaiian people, Honolua bay has been an important and cherished place on Maui.  From the Honolua stream to Lipoa point and Honolua bay, the area has remained an important place for recreation, such as surfing and diving, and has been the venue for international professional surfing contests.  Honolua bay is also one of Hawaii's most pristine coral reef habitats.  In fact, the State recognized the importance of the marine resources at Honolua bay by making the area a marine life conservation district in the late 1970s.

     The legislature also finds that Lipoa point, which adjoins Honolua bay, is also recognized as an important area for surfing, fishing, and diving for both local residents and visitors.  The landowner of Lipoa point has recently announced plans to develop the area, triggering a statewide movement to protect and preserve the area for public use. 

     The purpose of this Act is to create a temporary Honolua bay advisory committee to develop a management plan for the Honolua bay marine life conservation district.

     SECTION 2.  Temporary Honolua bay advisory committee; composition; no compensation; duty; report; termination.  (a)  There shall be created the temporary Honolua bay advisory committee, to be placed administratively within the department of land and natural resources.  The members shall elect a chairperson from among the members.  The state senator representing senate district 5, the state representative representing house of representatives district 10, and the county council member representing the west Maui district shall serve as ex officio members.  The committee shall be composed of:

     (1)  One member representing the Maui Land and Pineapple Company, Inc.;

     (2)  Two members representing Save Honolua Bay;

     (3)  Two members representing the Honolua Bay Coalition;

     (4)  One member representing the University of Hawaii science education awareness-link program;

     (5)  One member representing the Hui O Ewa program;

     (6)  One member representing the ocean tourism industry;

     (7)  One member who is a resident of west Maui within the postal zip code of 96761 appointed by the governor;

     (8)  One member who is a resident of west Maui within the postal zip code of 96761 appointed by the president of the senate; and

     (9)  One member who is a resident of west Maui within the postal zip code of 96761 appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives;

provided that the members who are residents of west Maui under paragraphs (7), (8), and (9) shall not be a member of or be affiliated with any groups or organizations already represented in the committee under paragraphs (1) through (6).

     (b)  Members shall not be compensated but shall be reimbursed for any necessary expenses incurred, including travel expenses, in the course of their official duties.

     (c)  The committee shall develop a Honolua bay management plan.  The committee may invite any individual or organization for technical or other assistance.

     (d)  The committee shall submit a written report containing the Honolua bay management plan, findings, recommendations, and any necessary proposed legislation, to the legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the regular session of 2009.  Upon the request of the committee, the legislative reference bureau shall assist with drafting of proposed legislation.

     (e)  The temporary Honolua bay advisory committee shall terminate on June 30, 2009.

     SECTION 3.  There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $         or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2008-2009 for the development of the Honolua bay management plan under section 2 of this Act, including the hiring of a consultant without regard to chapter 103D, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to develop the plan.

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

     SECTION 4.  This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2020.