Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2021


RE:   H.B. No. 621

      H.D. 1





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2021

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Corrections, Military, & Veterans, to which was referred H.B. No. 621 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to establish the Oahu Community Correctional Center Site Redevelopment Working Group to bring together state and county agencies, private entities, and the broader Kalihi community to examine how to best utilize the site and the surrounding area after the correctional center is relocated to a new location and identify, work through, and recommend solutions to issues relating to the redevelopment.


     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, a member of the Honolulu City Council, Kokua Kalihi Valley, and twelve individuals.  Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Community Alliance on Prisons.  Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Office of Planning and one individual.


     Your Committee finds that the Oahu Community Correctional Center site was identified as a potential transient-oriented development site in the "State Strategic Plan for Transit-Oriented Development" issued by the Hawaii Interagency Council for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD Council).  Your Committee further finds that the Office of Planning serves as the lead agency for the TOD Council and is willing to facilitate and support the working group effort; however, the Office of Planning believes that the timing may be premature.


     Accordingly, your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Charging the Director of Planning, rather than the Governor, with convening the working group;


     (2)  Delaying the start of the working group to on or after January 1, 2026;


     (3)  Changing the deadlines for submittal of the working group's report to the Legislature to twenty days prior to the regular sessions of 2027 and 2028, and disbanding the working group on June 30, 2028;


     (4)  Inserting a blank appropriation amount to support the working group;


     (5)  Changing the effective date to July 1, 2030, to encourage further discussion; and


     (6)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Corrections, Military, & Veterans that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 621, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 621, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Corrections, Military, & Veterans,