HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO THE BERNICE PAUAHI BISHOP MUSEUM.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. The legislature finds that the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum (Bishop Museum), designated in section 6E-40, Hawaii Revised Statutes, as the State of Hawaii Museum of Natural and Cultural History, is a distinguished scientific, cultural, and educational institution for the State of Hawaii whose mission is to perpetuate Hawaii's natural and cultural heritage. No other state agency is tasked with the responsibility of preserving and protecting the State's invaluable collection of primary source material and over one hundred years of research across the pacific. The fifteen-acre historic campus alone is the repository of Hawaii's most important, extensive, and irreplaceable treasures, from holotype specimens to royal family heirlooms. These artifacts provide the residents and visitors with an anchor to Hawaii's past while also providing a bridge to Hawaii's future.
The research and primary source material stewarded at Bishop Museum is a global resource that is unique, essential, and necessary to address the challenges the State and its people face, from massive biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapses, and climate change.
Bishop Museum continues to raise both public and private funds and collaborates with state, federal, and county agencies and organizations to generate new research and programs serving a wide array of needs and interests. Bishop Museum provides regular collections access and scientific expertise locally, nationally, and internationally. Bishop Museum also provides vital educational programs and resources to Hawaii's students and teachers; supports the cultivation of sustainable, cultural and responsible tourism in Hawaii; contains source knowledge utilized by cultural practitioners from Hawaii and across the pacific; provides a neutral and safe place to discuss island-wide issues; supports families; and strengthens the community.
The purpose of this Act is to appropriate funds received by the State of Hawaii from the , Public Law to support the Bishop Museum.
SECTION 2. There is appropriated out of the funds received by the State of Hawaii from the , Public Law the sum of $ or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2020-2021 and the same sum or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2021-2022 to sustain and support the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum.
The sum appropriated shall be expended by the State of Hawaii Museum of Natural and Cultural History for the purposes of this Act.
SECTION 3. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2065.
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum; State of Hawaii Museum of Natural and Cultural History; Appropriation
Appropriates federal funds to support the work of the State of Hawaii Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Effective 7/1/2065. (HD1)
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