STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1702
RE: S.R. No. 159
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirty-Second State Legislature
Regular Session of 2023
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Water and Land and Public Safety and Intergovernmental and Military Affairs, to which was referred S.R. No. 159 entitled:
"SENATE RESOLUTION URGING THE DIVISION OF BOATING AND OCEAN RECREATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE COUNTY OF MAUI TO FACILITATE A STATE AND COUNTY PARTNERSHIP FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF ALL SMALL BOAT HARBORS LOCATED ON THE ISLAND OF MAUI,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to urge the Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation of the Department of Land and Natural Resources and the County of Maui to facilitate a state and county partnership for the management of all small boat harbors located on the island of Maui.
Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from one member of the Maui County Council and the Hawai‘i Fishermen's Alliance for Conservation and Tradition, Inc. Your Committees received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Ocean Tourism Coalition. Your Committees received comments on this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources.
Your Committees find that many of the small boat harbors on Maui have lingered in a continuous state of disrepair. Further, despite the State's inability to properly maintain the small boat harbors, your Committees find that the County of Maui has understandably remained reluctant to expend moneys for capital improvements as the harbor properties do not fall under its direct jurisdiction. Notwithstanding, this measure urges the State and the County of Maui to partner together to manage the small boat harbors on Maui in recognition of the fact that both parties have a responsibility to the public regardless of jurisdiction and that the continuing poor condition of the small boat harbors is unacceptable.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Water and Land and Public Safety and Intergovernmental and Military Affairs that are attached to this report, your Committees concur with the intent and purpose of S.R. No. 159 and recommend its adoption.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Water and Land and Public Safety and Intergovernmental and Military Affairs,
GLENN WAKAI, Chair
LORRAINE R. INOUYE, Chair