STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1223

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: H.B. No. 558

H.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Water and Land, to which was referred H.B. No. 558, H.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO KEKAHA KAI STATE PARK,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to appropriate funds for the establishment of four full-time equivalent permanent ocean safety officers and equipment for use by ocean safety officers at Maniniōwali Beach at Kua Bay in the Kekaha Kai State Park on the island of Hawaii.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Office of the Mayor of the County of Hawaii, three members of the Hawaii County Council, Hawaii County Fire Commission, Hawaii State Association of Counties, and Kohala Coast Resort Association.

 

Your Committee finds that Kua Bay, at Kekaha Kai State Park, between Kona and the resorts of the Kohala Coast on the island of Hawaii, has recently seen an increase in visits by locals and tourists, making Kua Bay one of the most popular beaches in the State. The increase in visitation has been accompanied by an increase in dangerous incidents, injuries, and deaths, which could be mitigated by placement of lifeguards at Kua Bay. Although Kua Bay is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, the State currently does not employ its own lifeguards at Kua Bay. Your Committee finds that the employment of lifeguards and purchase of necessary equipment at Kua Bay will help to save lives and prevent injury to residents and visitors.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Water and Land that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 558, H.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Water and Land,

 

 

 

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KAIALI'I KAHELE, Chair