Public hearing today on Hanalei boating rules

HONOLULU — The state Department of Land and Natural Resources will hold public hearings this week on proposed amendments and additions to state boating rules being proposed for more effective management of state small boat harbors and related facilities as well as ocean activities in state waters, a press release states.

Among the amendments in this package are the amended administrative rules, HAR 13-256-39, pertaining to recreational and commercial marine vessel operations in Hanalei Bay and River in Hanalei. The package also contains proposed administrative rules regarding Kaneohe Bay.

Both amendments lay foundations for protecting and managing two prime natural resources for the benefit of future generations in a manner that is sustainable and equitable, the release states.

The first meeting will be held today at Hanalei Elementary School Cafeteria from 6 to 8 p.m. The second meeting will be Thursday at Heeia Kea State Park in Kaneohe Bay, O‘ahu, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Public testimony, oral or written, is welcome.

Written statements may be submitted at the public hearings or to the Chairperson at 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 130, Honolulu, HI 96813, up to one week following the last public hearing date.

Go to www.hawaii.gov/dlnr/dbor/bordraftrules.htm to review the proposed rule amendments. They can also be reviewed at the DOBOR Kaua‘i District Office at 4370 Kukui Grove Street, Suite 109, Lihu‘e, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 245-8028 for more information.

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