THE SENATE

S.R. NO.

51

TWENTY-SIXTH LEGISLATURE, 2012

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

SENATE RESOLUTION

 

 

REQUESTING THE GOVERNOR TO CONVENE A governor's SPECIAL TASK FORCE ON HAWAIIAN HISTORICAL SITES PRESERVATION.

 

 


WHEREAS, certain places in Hawaii are of paramount importance for their historical and cultural significance, such as the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Hulihee Palace in Kailua-Kona, Washington Place, and Iolani Palace; and

 

WHEREAS, Hulihee Palace is located in historic Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on Alii Drive, the former vacation home of Hawaiian royalty, and has been converted to a museum run by the Daughters of Hawaii, showcasing furniture and artifacts; and

 

WHEREAS, as "The Museum of Hawaii", the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum's mission is to be a gathering place and educational center that actively engages people in the presentation, exploration, and preservation of Hawaii's cultural heritage and natural history, as well as its ancestral cultures throughout the Pacific; and

 

WHEREAS, the Bishop Museum is statutorily designated as the State of Hawaii Museum of Natural and Cultural History; and

 

WHEREAS, Washington Place is where Queen Liliuokalani was arrested during the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom, and later became the official residence of the Governor of Hawaii; and

 

WHEREAS, Bishop Museum is a National Historic Landmark, designated in 2007; and

 

WHEREAS, Iolani Palace was the official residence of Hawaiian Royalty where official functions were performed and, dignitaries and luminaries from around the world were received and entertained often and lavishly; and

 

WHEREAS, Iolani Palace was the center of social and political life for the Kingdom of Hawaii; and

 

WHEREAS, the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Hulihee Palace, Washington Place, and Iolani Palace are landmark treasures that preserve and perpetuate the Hawaiian cultural heritage, and provide an incomparable attraction and culturally appropriate experience for visitors; and

 

WHEREAS, to perpetuate and preserve the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Hulihee Palace, Washington Place, and Iolani Palace, these sites need a perpetual funding mechanism; now, therefore,

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twenty-sixth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2012, that the Governor is requested to convene a Governor's Special Task Force on Hawaiian Historical Sites Preservation; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Governor's Special Task Force on Hawaiian Historical Sites Preservation develop a plan to provide fiscal stability and a source of continuous funding for each of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Hulihee Palace, Washington Place, and Iolani Palace; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the members of the Governor's Special Task Force on Hawaiian Historical Sites Preservation include a designee of the Governor; the Chairperson of the Board of Land and Natural Resources; Comptroller; one Senator to be selected by the President of the Senate; one Representative to be selected by the Speaker of the House of Representatives; and one representative from each of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Hulihee Palace, Washington Place, and Iolani Palace, to be selected by the Governor; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the members of the Governor's Special Task Force on Hawaiian Historical Sites Preservation select a Chairperson from amongst themselves; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Governor's Special Task Force on Hawaiian Historical Sites Preservation report to the Legislature its findings and recommendations no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 2013; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Governor's Special Task Force on Hawaiian Historical Sites Preservation be dissolved upon the filing of its report to the Legislature; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Resolution be transmitted to the Governor, Chairperson of the Board of Land and Natural Resources, Comptroller, and the heads or curators of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Hulihee Palace, Washington Place, and Iolani Palace.

 

 

 

 

OFFERED BY:

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Report Title:

Governor's Special Task Force; Hawaiian Historical Sites Preservation