STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1606
RE: H.R. No. 58
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred H.R. No. 58, H.D. 1, entitled:
"HOUSE RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES TO SUBMIT A PETITION TO LIST THE PUEO AS A THREATENED OR ENDANGERED SPECIES UNDER THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to request the Department of Land and Natural Resources to petition the United States Secretary of the Interior, through the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, to protect the Oahu pueo, also known as the Hawaiian short-eared owl (Asio flammeus sandwichensis) as a threatened or endangered species.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the University of Hawaii and three individuals. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources.
Your Committee finds that the pueo is a species endemic to Hawaii, a prominent figure in Hawaiian culture, and an ‘aumakua of many Hawaiian families.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of H.R. No. 58, H.D. 1, and recommends its adoption.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs,
MARK M. NAKASHIMA, Chair