Honolulu, Hawaii


RE: H.B. No. 1880

H.D. 1

S.D. 1




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2020

State of Hawaii




Your Committee on Water and Land, to which was referred H.B. No. 1880, H.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


The purpose and intent of this measure is to appropriate funds to the Department of Land and Natural Resources for the operations of the Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission and for two full-time equivalent positions to support the Commission.


Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from one member of Maui County Council, the County of Maui, Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission, EcoTipping Points Project, and thirty individuals. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Center for Hawaiian Sovereignty Studies. Your Committee received comments on this measure from one individual.


Your Committee finds that additional funding and personnel are needed to support the operations of the Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission. The Commission was established by the Legislature in 1993 to address ecological and environmental damage caused to Kahoolawe by United States Navy live fire training exercises. Your Committee recognizes the significant cultural and historical importance of Kahoolawe to the native people of Hawaii. This measure will appropriate additional funding for the operations of the Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission to support the Commission's efforts to restore the island, protect endangered and rare flora and fauna, and ensure the safety of visitors to the Kahoolawe island reserve.


Your Committee heard testimony from the Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission regarding the February 2020 fire on Kahoolawe and the damage caused to equipment and facilities on the island.


Accordingly, your Committee has amended this measure by:


(1) Incorporating the recommendations from the Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission by making an additional appropriation to the Commission for specified fire recovery efforts;


(2) Amending section 1 to reflect its amended purpose; and


(3) 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 H.B. No. 1880, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1880, H.D. 1, 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,