STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1649

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2021

 

RE: S.C.R. No. 22

S.D. 1

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2021

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Water & Land, to which was referred S.C.R. No. 22, S.D. 1, entitled:

 

"SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION ENCOURAGING THE BOARD OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES TO ENTER INTO A LONG-TERM WATER LEASE WITH WAIOLI VALLEY TARO HUI FOR TRADITIONAL LOI KALO CULTIVATION IN WAIOLI, KAUAI,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to request the Board of Land and Natural Resources to enter into a long-term water lease with the Waioli Valley Taro Hui for their existing use of water from Waioli Stream via direct negotiation, upon completion of the environmental review process outlined in chapter 343, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Mayor of the County of Kauai, one member of the Kauai County Council, Waioli Valley Taro Hui, Sierra Club of Hawaii, Hanalei Watershed Hui, Hanalei Hawaiian Civic Club, National Tropical Botanical Garden, Hawaii Land Trust, and numerous individuals.

 

Your Committee finds that the Hanalei and Waioli valleys produce nearly two-thirds of Hawaii's kalo. Unprecedented flooding in 2018 left many kalo farmers in Waioli Valley with damaged or altered water infrastructure, and recent flooding and a landslide have exacerbated challenges with growing, tending, and transporting kalo and supplies. Your Committee further finds that the ancient, Native Hawaiian water use for kalo cultivation by the Waioli Valley Taro Hui is non-consumptive, non-polluting, instream, and in-watershed and appropriate for a long-term water lease via direct negotiation.

 

Your Committee finds that the companion to this measure, H.C.R. No. 163, H.D. 1 (Regular Session of 2021), a substantially similar measure, was previously passed by the House.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1) Deleting it contents and inserting the contents of H.C.R. No. 163, H.D. 1, a measure that requests the Board of Land and Natural Resources to enter into a long-term water lease with the Waioli Valley Taro Hui for its existing use of water from Waioli Stream via direct negotiation, upon completion of the requirements of chapter 343, Hawaii Revised Statutes;

 

(2) Amending its title to read, "REQUESTING THE BOARD OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES TO ENTER INTO A LONG-TERM WATER LEASE WITH WAIOLI VALLEY TARO HUI FOR THE HUI'S EXISTING USE OF WATER FROM WAIOLI STREAM VIA DIRECT NEGOTIATION, UPON COMPLETION OF THE REQUIREMENTS OF CHAPTER 343, HAWAII REVISED STATUTES."; and

 

(3) Modifying the list of recipients to whom copies of this measure will be transmitted.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Water & Land that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of S.C.R. No. 22, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it be referred to your Committee on Finance in the form attached hereto as S.C.R. No. 22, S.D. 1, H.D. 1.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Water & Land,

 

 

 

 

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DAVID A. TARNAS, Chair