H.C.R. NO.



S.D. 1














WHEREAS, on January 30, 2009, Senator Daniel K. Inouye introduced legislation, co-sponsored by Senator Daniel Akaka, in the United States Congress to designate the Hawaii Capital National Heritage Area in the Honolulu/Kapalama ahupuaa, which covers Kakaako, Downtown, Chinatown, Nuuanu, Makiki-Tantalus, Kapalama, Liliha, and surrounding areas; and


WHEREAS, such a designation would recognize the area as one of America's defining historic and cultural landscapes, and provide a small measure of federal funds to support meaningful preservation and promotional activities; and


WHEREAS, the Hawaii Capital National Heritage Area would be the first site in Hawaii and include Iolani Palace, the majestic statue of Kamehameha the Great, and the State Capitol; and


WHEREAS, the effort to apply for National Heritage Area designation, which is spearheaded by the Hawaii Capital Cultural Coalition, represents an expansion of the Hawaii Capital Cultural District established in 2003, and provides further recognition for the important cultural assets of Hawaii; and


WHEREAS, when National Heritage Area status is granted, a community-developed management plan is required for projects that celebrate and perpetuate the area's special heritage; and


WHEREAS, the plan must include an inventory of sites and properties within the area to be protected, enhanced, managed, or developed; and


WHEREAS, the planning process must include outreach efforts to area property owners; individual, commercial, association and group residents; and other interested constituents to identify concerns and issues that may need to be addressed; now, therefore,


BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-fifth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2010, the Senate concurring, that the Hawaii Capital Cultural Coalition is requested to provide a status report on:


(1) The organization's development of the management plan required as part of the proposed designation of the Hawaii Capital National Heritage Area;


(2) The organization's efforts to address concerns raised by residential property owners and others during the 2009 Legislature's hearing process on S.C.R. No. 3 and H.C.R. No. 213, as well as current outreach efforts to area property owners, individuals, commercial entities, and others;


(3) The feasibility and desirability of reducing the area of the proposed National Heritage Area from its present size to the area immediately surrounding the State Capitol or the Capitol District: the area bounded by Richards Street and Queen Emma Street to the west, Vineyard Boulevard to the north, Ward Avenue to the east, and Nimitz Highway to the south;


(4) The desirability of including mandatory notification and opt in/opt out provisions in the federal legislation in order to safeguard the rights of private property owners within the National Heritage Area; and


(5) Any concerns or other issues raised during the outreach efforts and how these will be addressed in the management plan; and


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Hawaii Capital Cultural Coalition provide the status report to the Legislature by July 1, 2010; and


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to Hawaii's congressional delegation; the President of the Board of the Hawaii Capital Cultural Coalition; state and county legislators representing Kakaako, Downtown, Chinatown, Nuuanu, Makiki-Tantalus, Kapalama, and Liliha; the Chairs of the Oahu Neighborhood Boards No. 10 (Makiki-Tantalus), No. 12 (Nuuanu-Punchbowl), No. 13 (Downtown), No. 14 (Liliha-Alewa); the Chairs of the Tantalus Community Association, Papakolea Community Association, Kewalo Hawaiian Homestead Association, and Kalawahine Streamside Community Association; and the President of The Woodlands at Nuuanu.

Report Title:

Hawaii Capital Cultural Coalition; Planning Status