S.R. NO.













urging the department of land and natural resources to ADOPT administrative rules to streamline the process for allowing traditional hawaiian farming systems on conservation lands.



WHEREAS, the State enacted Act 31, Session Laws of Hawaii 2015, which encouraged, as agricultural objectives of the State, the growth and development of traditional Hawaiian farming systems and traditional Hawaiian crops, as well as small-scale farms; and


WHEREAS, the rights of native Hawaiians are codified in articles IX and XII of the Constitution of the State of Hawaii, as well as other state laws and judicial decisions; and


WHEREAS, Hawaii's traditional farming systems, such as loko ia (fishponds), māla (cultivated gardens), and loi (irrigated patches) were important agricultural technologies that once sustained a thriving and robust island community; and


WHEREAS, traditional Hawaiian farming systems play a critical role in Hawaii and should be encouraged to promote greater self-sufficiency, crop diversity, and food security; and


WHEREAS, traditional Hawaiian crops like kalo, uala (sweet potato), limu (various seaweeds), awa (kava), hōio (large native fern), and olena (turmeric) that were cultivated using these traditional Hawaiian farming techniques continue to be important agricultural products for food, medicine, and cultural practices today; and


WHEREAS, supporting traditional Hawaiian farming systems is critical towards helping the State achieve food security and increasing domestic production of a local food supply; and


WHEREAS, streamlining the permitting process for loko ia, traditional fishponds, has had a significant beneficial impact throughout the islands; and


WHEREAS, traditional farming and the native Hawaiian culture generally play a vital role in preserving and advancing the quality of life and cultural vitality of Hawaii; and


WHEREAS, the State of Hawaii has an affirmative obligation to ensure that its regulatory actions do not adversely impact the constitutionally protected rights of native Hawaiians; now, therefore,


BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Thirty-first Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2021, that the Department of Land and Natural Resources is urged to adopt administrative rules to streamline the process for allowing traditional Hawaiian farming systems on conservation lands; and


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Resolution be transmitted to the Governor, Chairperson of the Board of Land and Natural Resources, Attorney General, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and Chairperson of the Environmental Council.









Report Title:

Department of Land and Natural Resources; Traditional Hawaiian Farming