Ige seeks Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i BLNR applicants

HONOLULU — Gov. David Ige is recruiting qualified and dedicated individuals from Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i Island who are interested in serving on the state Board of Land and Natural Resources.

The Kaua‘i seat currently held by Tommy Oi for eight consecutive years will be vacant on April 25, 2022. The Hawai‘i County seat currently held by Chris Yuen will be vacant on July 1, 2022. Applicants for these seats must be residents of Kaua‘i County and Hawai‘i County. Applicants should apply online at boards.hawaii.gov/.

The governor is seeking applicants with balanced and inclusive perspectives, committed to the conservation and protection and sustainable use of Hawai‘i’s natural and cultural resources which are the public-trust responsibilities of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

A background in conservation and natural resources and/or real-property law and land transactions is particularly helpful.

The DLNR manages public lands under its jurisdiction, including forestry and wildlife, aquatic resources, state parks, boating and ocean recreation, and conservation and coastal lands, as well as commercial properties and unencumbered lands.

These are volunteer board positions that require preparation for and attendance at BLNR meetings on O‘ahu twice a month, and more often as needed.

BLNR members are nominated and, by and with the advice and consent of the state Senate, appointed by the governor for a term of four years. At twice-monthly meetings, the BLNR reviews and takes action on departmental submittals, including land leases and conservation district use applications.

Nominees are required to provide publicly viewable financial-disclosure information prior to their appointment to the BLNR. Further information about the responsibilities of a BLNR member is within Hawai‘i Revised Statutes Chapter 171-4.

For more information and to submit nominations, visit boards.hawaii.gov/.

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