STAND. COM. REP. NO. 517
RE: S.B. No. 1484
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Water and Land, to which was referred S.B. No. 1484 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO HIKING TRAILS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to appropriate funds for the Department of Land and Natural Resources to devise an appropriate plan to create a hiking trail from Malaekahana State Park, along the coast, to Turtle Bay Resort passing makai of the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge and continuing from Kawela Bay along the coast of Waialee to Sunset Beach.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the O‘ahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i and one individual. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources.
Your Committee finds that Na Ala Hele, the Hawaii statewide trail program maintained by the Division of Forestry and Wildlife of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, includes one hundred twenty-eight trail and road features spanning approximately eight hundred fifty-five miles. Trails include parking areas, comfort stations, pavilions, picnic areas, and other facilities that are regularly used by the public. Your Committee further finds that Na Ala Hele should maintain pristine coastlines and make them available to the public; in particular, the Kahuku shoreline is a perfect candidate for a new trail.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Inserting an effective date of December 31, 2050, to encourage further discussion; and
(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
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 S.B. No. 1484, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1484, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Water and Land,
KAIALI'I KAHELE, Chair