HANALEI — The community is invited to attend a public hearing regarding
proposed rule amendments that govern commercial boating activity at Hanalei
The hearing is being conducted by the Department of Land
and Natural Resources, Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation, on Monday,
June 26, at Hanalei Elementary School, 5-5414 Kuhio Highway.
start at 3 p.m. and is expected to last until at least 6 p.m. DLNR’s
Chairperson Timothy E. Johns will serve as hearing officer for the meeting,
which will receive public testirnony on proposed amendments for Hawai’i
Administrative Rules, chapter 13-256-35.
According to Johns, the proposed
amendments will: 1) delete existing provisions for Lip to 15 commercial boating
permits; and 2) allow for up to two (2) commercial use permits for commercial
Next Monday’s public hearing follows an informational
meeting that was co-sponsored by Hanalei Heritage River Hui and Hanalei
Community Association held earlier this month on June 8.
meeting was an effort to answer any questions the community had about the
rule-making and hearing process, the proposed amendments, and to help the
community better prepare and focus their written testimony or remarks for the
“Although many issues previously addressed at earlier
hearings remain to be resolved, we are focusing our efforts at the June 26
hearing specifically on determining the appropriate level of commercial tour
boat activity out of the Hanalei Estuary,” said Johns.
“As with any public
hearing, our task is not to answer questions or further discuss issues, but
rather, to receive testimony from the community in finalizing the proposed
DLNR will also accept written testimony from persons unable to
attend the public hearing, Written submissions must be delivered by 4:30 p.m.
or postmarked by Monday, July 3, to the following address: Department of Land
and Natural Resources, Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation, 333 Queen
Street, Suite 300, Honolulu, Hl 96813.
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