STAND. COM. REP. NO. 778

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2021

 

RE: H.C.R. No. 41

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2021

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committees on Water & Land and Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred H.C.R. No. 41 entitled:

 

"HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION CONVENING A WORKING GROUP TO DEVELOP RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE FOR MAUNA KEA,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure to convene a working group to develop recommendations for a governance and management structure for Mauna Kea.

 

Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Hawaiian Civic Club of Kohala and three individuals. Your Committees received testimony in opposition to this measure from Ka Lāhui Hawaii Kōmike Kalaiāina, Hoopae Pono Peace Project, and nine individuals. Your Committees received comments on this measure from the University of Hawaii System, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Maunakea Observatories, East Asian Observatory, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, Hawaii Island Economic Development Board, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hawaii, and two individuals.

Your Committees find that under the Hawaii State Constitution, the State holds public land as a public trust for Native Hawaiians and the general public. Your Committees further find that Mauna Kea is public land that is included in the public land trust and has been under the management of the University of Hawaii since 1968.

 

Your Committees also find that the Independent Evaluation of the Implementation of the Mauna Kea Comprehensive Management Plan, prepared for the Department of Land and Natural Resources by Kuiwalu and published in December 2020, concluded that while the University of Hawaii has effectively implemented most of the management actions related to protecting the natural and cultural resources, the management actions designed to respect the Hawaiian cultural practices and resources and conduct education and outreach that were intended to restore trust between the University of Hawaii and the Native Hawaiian community have not been effectively implemented. The report also found that the lack of genuine consultation with the Native Hawaiian community has resulted in greater mistrust of the University of Hawaii and management of Mauna Kea, leading to polarizing viewpoints between various stakeholders on Mauna Kea and in our communities. This measure seeks to reconcile this mismanagement, mistrust, and polarization by convening a working group to develop recommendations, building on the findings of the Independent Evaluation of the Implementation of the Mauna Kea Comprehensive Management Plan, for a new governance and management structure for Mauna Kea that collaboratively engages with all stakeholders, particularly the Native Hawaiian community.

 

Your Committees have amended this measure by making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.

 

As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Water & Land and Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs that are attached to this report, your Committees concur with the intent and purpose of H.C.R. No. 41, as amended herein, and recommend its adoption in the form attached hereto as H.C.R. No. 41, H.D. 1.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Water & Land and Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs,

 

 

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MARK M. NAKASHIMA, Chair

 

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DAVID A. TARNAS, Chair