STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3214

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: S.C.R. No. 151

S.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Shan S. Tsutsui

President of the Senate

Twenty-Sixth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2012

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committees on Water, Land, and Housing and Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred S.C.R. No. 151 entitled:

 

"SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, AND OFFICE OF PLANNING TO STREAMLINE THE PERMITTING PROCESS FOR THE RESTORATION OF HAWAIIAN FISHPONDS,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to urge the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Department of Health, and Office of Planning to streamline the permitting process for and consider certain alternatives to facilitate the restoration of Hawaiian fishponds.

 

Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Office of Planning, Department of Health, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Kuliouou/Kalani Iki Neighborhood Board No. 2, Livable Hawaii Kai Hui, Kona Hawaiian Civic Club, Kailapa Community Association, South Kohala Hawaiian Civic Club, Kuakini Hawaiian Civic Club of Kona, and twelve individuals.

 

Your Committees find that fishponds continue to serve as a source of sustenance for communities and offer a wide range of educational opportunities. Unfortunately, the permitting and approval processes for fishpond restoration are cumbersome. Streamlining the process to foster fishpond restoration would ensure that these valuable and irreplaceable resources remain for future generations.

 

Your Committees have amended this measure by:

 

(1) Inserting language to acknowledge the fact that the permitting process may vary according to the circumstances of the applicant; and

 

(2) Clarifying the request to consider the use of one master conservation district use application process to apply to all Hawaiian fishponds.

 

Additionally, it is your Committees' intent to encourage the development of business plans for fishponds. Currently, restoration is the priority but it is also necessary to assess how fishponds may become revenue generating to become financially self-sufficient in the future. Your Committees believe that other possible economic development opportunities may also exist for fishponds.

 

As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Water, Land, and Housing and Hawaiian Affairs that are attached to this report, your Committees concur with the intent and purpose of S.C.R. No. 151, as amended herein, and recommend its adoption in the form attached hereto as S.C.R. No. 151, S.D. 1.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Water, Land, and Housing and Hawaiian Affairs,

 

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BRICKWOOD GALUTERIA, Chair

 

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DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair