STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1317

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2023

 

RE: S.B. No. 1254

S.D. 2

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-Second State Legislature

Regular Session of 2023

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Water & Land, to which was referred S.B. No. 1254, S.D. 2, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE KAIWI COAST,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to:

 

(1) Establish certain lands within the Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline as the Kaiwi Coast State Park;

 

(2) Require the land within the Kaiwi Coast State Park to be preserved in perpetuity primarily in its wild and natural state;

 

(3) Establish positions within the Department of Land and Natural Resources to support proper land and parks management at the Kaiwi Coast and other surrounding areas; and

 

(4) Appropriate monies for the establishment, planning, and design of the Kaiwi Coast State Park and Maunalua-Makapuu Scenic Byway improvements.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Friends of Hanauma Bay, Hawaii Reef and Ocean Coalition, Livable Hawaii Kai Hui, Hawaii Bicycling League, Surfrider Foundation - Hawaii Region, Ka Iwi Coalition, Sierra Club of Hawaii, and one individual. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

 

Your Committee finds that this measure would enhance the Maunalua-Makapuu Scenic Byway and protect and preserve the lands of the Kaiwi Coast in perpetuity for future generations.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1) Requiring the Department of Land and Natural Resources to petition the Board of Land and Natural Resources to designate certain lands as the "Kaiwi Coast State Park", instead of codifying the establishment of the Kaiwi Coast State Park in statute and establishing positions to support land and parks management along the Kaiwi Coast and other surrounding areas;

 

(2) Requiring the Department of Land and Natural Resources to administer the lands in paragraph (1) that have been designated by the Board of Land and Natural Resources as a state park;

 

(3) Requiring that all conditions and obligations related to federal funds previously expended on lands in paragraph (1) be observed unless otherwise authorized by the federal government;

 

(4) Including the Department of Land and Natural Resources and City and County of Honolulu in the planning and design of the Kaiwi Coast State Park and Maunalua-Makapuu Scenic Byway improvements;

 

(5) Changing its effective date to June 30, 3000, to encourage further discussion; and

 

(6) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Water & Land that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1254, S.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1254, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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LINDA ICHIYAMA, Chair