STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1107


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2017


RE:   S.B. No. 849

      S.D. 2

      H.D. 1





Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2017

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Ocean, Marine Resources, & Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred S.B. No. 849, S.D. 2, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to:


     (1)  Prohibit any lessee who transfers a lease from being placed on the wait list again and from purchasing another lease; and


     (2)  Reduce the minimum Hawaiian blood quantum requirement of certain conditions and successors to lessees of Hawaiian home lands from one-quarter to one thirty-second.


     Hoomana Pono, LLC., Kalamaula Homestead Association, and several individuals testified in support of this measure.  The Center for Hawaiian Sovereignty Studies, Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, and two concerned individuals testified in opposition to this measure.  The Department of the Attorney General, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawaiian Affairs Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, Ke One O Kākuhihewa, and one concerned individual provided comments on this measure.


Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Deleting the section that provides that any beneficiary who transfers by sale or gift any lease shall not be placed on the wait list again; and


     (2)  Changing its effective date to December 24, 2088 to encourage further discussion.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ocean, Marine Resources, & Hawaiian Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 849, S.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 849, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ocean, Marine Resources, & Hawaiian Affairs,