THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

786

TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE, 2015

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to the aha moku advisory committee.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that, over the past two hundred years, Hawaii has experienced extensive changes which include the deterioration of the Hawaiian culture, language, values, and land tenure system, which has in part resulted in the over-development of the coastline, alteration of fresh water streams, destruction of life-giving watersheds, decimation of the coral reefs, and the decline or endemic marine and terrestrial species.

In an attempt to remedy this situation, in 2012, the legislature established the aha moku advisory committee by Act 288, Session Laws of Hawaii 2012. The aha moku advisory committee was placed within the department of land and natural resources for administrative purposes. Act 288, Session Laws of Hawaii 2012, formally recognizes the aha moku system, a traditional system of best practices based upon the indigenous resource management practices of moku (regional) and ahapuaa (site-specific geographic area) that acknowledge the natural contours of land, the natural resources located within those areas, and the methodology necessary to sustain resources and the community. The role of the aha moku advisory committee is to advise the board of land and natural resources and the department of land and natural resources regarding the aha moku system, on issues related to land and natural resources.

Since its creation in 2012, the aha moku advisory committee has continued to fulfill its mission and mandates as set forth in Act 288 by working with the eight main Hawaiian islands which encompass forty-three traditional moku in which five hundred eighty-nine ahupuaa are listed. In 2014, the aha moku advisory committee documented its accomplishments in a report to the legislature that was issued in English and Hawaiian languages and included recommendations for the moku of Hawaii, Lanai, Oahu, and Kauai. The report also lists the decisions of the board of land and natural resources relating to those recommendations. Additionally, the report lists the almost forty resource issues that came before the department of land and natural resources divisions relating to the aha moku system. Most of these issues were mitigated within the department of land and natural resources at a divisional level to the satisfaction of the inquiring communities.

A purpose of the aha moku advisory committee is to strengthen the rapport and communication between the department of land and natural resources and the public, including the native Hawaiian community, on issues regarding natural and cultural resources, thereby benefitting the entire State. The aha moku advisory committee is well suited for this goal, and is continuing to be successful with the beginning phases of these efforts. However, although the legislature unanimously passed Act 288 and appropriated funding in that Act, the aha moku advisory committee has never been funded. As a result of this situation, while the aha moku advisory committee is well situated within the department of land and natural resources and is active, it has not been funded so that it can reach its full mandate.

SECTION 2. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $120,000 or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2015-2016 and the same sum or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2016-2017 for the administrative and operational expenses of the aha moku advisory committee.

The sums appropriated shall be expended by the department of land and natural resources for the purposes of this Act.

SECTION 3. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $30,000 or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2015-2016 and the same sum or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2016-2017 for community outreach efforts of the aha moku advisory committee.

The sums appropriated shall be expended by the department of land and natural resources for the purposes of this Act.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2015.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Aha Moku Advisory Committee; Appropriation

 

Description:

Appropriates funds for the administration and operation of the aha moku advisory committee and for community outreach.

 

 

 

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