STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1261


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2009


RE:   S.B. No. 1

      S.D. 1

      H.D. 1





Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Fifth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2009

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Water, Land, & Ocean Resources, to which was referred S.B. No. 1, S.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this bill is to rehabilitate the natural populations of Hawaiian opihi species by:


     (1)  Establishing a five-year moratorium on the harvesting of opihi on Oahu;


     (2)  Establishing a ban on taking or harvesting opihi statewide, subject to open and closed seasons and the traditional rights of ahupuaa tenants; and


     (3)  Requiring the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) to submit an annual report to the Legislature on the effectiveness and enforcement of the statewide seasonal ban.


     The Office of Hawaiian Affairs, The Nature Conservancy, Kawaihapai Ohana, KUPA, the Koolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club, Hawaii Community Stewardship Network, and several concerned individuals supported this bill.  DLNR opposed this bill.


     Your Committee has amended this bill by:


     (1)  Changing the effective date to July 1, 2020, to encourage further discussion; and


     (2)  Making technical, nonsubstantive changes for style, clarity, and consistency.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Water, Land, & Ocean Resources that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Judiciary.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Water, Land, & Ocean Resources,






KEN ITO, Chair