Honolulu, Hawaii


RE: S.B. No. 2646

S.D. 1




Honorable Colleen Hanabusa

President of the Senate

Twenty-Fifth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2010

State of Hawaii




Your Committees on Economic Development and Technology and Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred S.B. No. 2646 entitled:




beg leave to report as follows:


The purpose of this measure is to designate the area from the Ala Wai to Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium and the area from Alii Beach in Haleiwa to Sunset Beach on Oahu as Hawaii surfing reserves.


Testimony in support of this measure was submitted by the Surfers' Environmental Alliance; Surfrider Foundation; International Surfing Association; Save the Waves Coalition; Wildcoast; World Surfing Reserves; National Surfing Reserves Australia; Lennox National Surfing Reserve Assoc.; Angourie Residents & Taxpayers Association; Art Brewer Photography; and five individuals. Comments were submitted by the Department of Land and Natural Resources and Save Our Surf.


Written testimony presented to the Committees may be reviewed on the Legislature's website.


Your Committees find that, like Hawaii, Australia has a strong surfing community inspired by a 1915 surfing demonstration visit by Duke Kahanamoku. Today, National Surfing Reserves in Australia serve to meet the needs of the public to acknowledge through a symbolic enshrinement, the integral value of the rich cultural, environmental, sporting, and historical importance surfing embodies. Your Committees understand that in Australia this program is supported by the federal and New South Wales governments, and that next month Australia will enshrine its tenth National Surfing Reserve after a highly successful five-year community program.


Your Committees have considered a number of recommendations for amendments to this measure, several of which reflected concerns regarding recreational uses that the reserve designation might impinge upon. Your Committees view the proposed designation of reserve status for Waikiki and the North Shore as being primarily commemorative in nature; and believe that the minimal role the Department of Land and Natural Resources will play serves to underscore that type of commemorative recognition.


Your Committees have amended this measure accordingly, by:


(1) Clarifying that the Department of Land and Natural Resources will assist in placing appropriate signs or markers provided by private organization or individuals, which are designed to commemorate and identify the respective surfing reserves;


(2) Amending the effective date to July 1, 2040, for the purpose of encouraging further discussion; and


(3) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.


As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Economic Development and Technology and Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2646, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2646, S.D. 1, and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Economic Development and Technology and Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs,