STAND. COM. REP. NO. 192

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: S.B. No. 1007

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committees on Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism and Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred S.B. No. 1007 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO HAWAIIAN MUSIC AND DANCE,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to redirect the $1,000,000 of transient accommodation tax revenues for the operation of a Hawaiian Center and Museum of Hawaiian Music and Dance from the Hawaii Convention Center to the State of Hawaii Museum of Natural and Cultural History.

 

Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Hawaii Tourism Authority and Bishop Museum. Your Committees received comments on this measure from the Department of Budget and Finance and Tax Foundation of Hawaii.

 

Your Committees find that the perpetuation of Hawaiian culture and dance is an important initiative and the Bishop Museum, officially designated in state law as the State of Hawaii Museum of Natural and Cultural History, is well equipped to house and maintain a Hawaiian Center and Museum of Hawaiian Music and Dance. This measure amends the allocation of transient accommodations tax revenues for a Hawaiian Center and the Museum to assign the Bishop Museum the duty of planning, designing, and constructing the Center and Museum on the Bishop Museum's property.

 

Your Committees suggest using a combination of cash and general obligation bonds to fund the operation of a Hawaiian Center and Museum of Hawaiian Music and Dance at the Bishop Museum.

 

As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism and Hawaiian Affairs that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1007 and recommend that it pass Second Reading and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism and Hawaiian Affairs,

 

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MAILE S.L. SHIMABUKURO, Chair

 

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GLENN WAKAI, Chair