Testimony sought for boating rules on Monday

HANALEI — The community is invited to attend a public hearing regarding

proposed rule amendments that govern commercial boating activity at Hanalei

Estuary, Kaua’i.

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.

It will

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

kayak operations.

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.

The informational

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

public hearing.

“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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