STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1375
President of the Senate
State of Hawaii
Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from Pacific American Foundation, Hawaii Public Health Institute Obesity Prevention Task Force, Hawaii Farm to School Hui, Native Hawaiian Education Council, and two individuals.
Your Committees find that our connection and responsibility to āina has been and continues to be grounded in the cultural values and foundation as people of Hawaii and an island community. The āina based mindset is driven by a fundamental premise that nurturing the earth allows for the people to be nurtured; it is a holistic practice that is inextricably intertwined with learning, living, and teaching to bridge indigenous Hawaiian wisdom with modern knowledge. Therefore, your Committees find that adoption of an āina-based philosophy will support the State in its response to complex issues that require a cross-portfolio and sectoral response; provide collective solutions that are based around shared outcomes reflective of locally agreed priorities and unite local stakeholders; embed a sense of deep engagement and collaborative governance structures that engage across sectors and with a diverse cross-section of the community; and implementation through shared action, with an iterative approach and progress monitoring that supports continual learning.
Your Committees have amended this measure by:
(1) Urging the Governor and county mayors to support and further dialogue and convening of entities within all sectors of Hawaii to proactively develop new initiatives that strengthen āina-based assets toward a more thriving Hawaii;
(2) Amending its title in accordance with its amended purpose;
(3) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Agriculture and Environment and Hawaiian Affairs that are attached to this report, your Committees concur with the intent and purpose of S.R. No. 219, as amended herein, and recommend its adoption in the form attached hereto as S.R. No. 219, S.D. 1.
MAILE S.L. SHIMABUKURO, Chair
MIKE GABBARD, Chair