Bill puts cart be­fore the horse for Kawainui marsh mas­ter plan

MidWeek Islander (Windward Oahu) - - Wind­ward Oahu Is­lan­der -

Dear Edi­tor,

This con­cerns Se­nate Bill 2770 in­tro­duced by Sen. Jill Tokuda con­cern­ing an ad­vi­sory coun­cil for the Kawainui Marsh Mas­ter Plan. This bill in­cludes the pro­vi­sions: “Fa­cil­i­tate im­ple­men­ta­tion of the up­dated mas­ter plan by pro­vid­ing ad­vi­sory in­put to the state Depart­ment of Land and Nat­u­ral Re­sources”; also, “Each vot­ing mem­ber shall be ap­pointed by the gov­er­nor no later than Dec. 31, 2014. And the Kawainui ad­vi­sory coun­cil shall sub­mit a re­port to the leg­is­la­ture no later than 20 days prior to the con­ven­ing of each reg­u­lar ses­sion be­gin­ning with the reg­u­lar ses­sion of 2016.”

Note that this means the bill es­tab­lishes an ad­vi­sory coun­cil only af­ter the marsh plan is adopted, since the plan is sched­uled for adop­tion and EIS prepa­ra­tion this sum­mer, and cer­tainly be­fore 2016. It does not pro­vide for a cit­i­zen par­tic­i­pa­tion body for in­put on the plan be­fore it is adopted. The Kailua Neigh­bor­hood Board in­ves­tiga­tive com­mit­tee specif­i­cally con­cluded that an ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee is needed now, be­fore the plan is fi­nal­ized or an EIS is done on it.

As it now stands, the bill al­lows for the draft Kawainui Marsh Plan that the DLNR con­sul­tant has pre­pared to be adopted with­out proper pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion, and over the ob­jec­tions of the Kailua Neigh­bor­hood Board, LaniKailua Out­door Cir­cle, Audubon So­ci­ety, Hawaii’s Thou­sand Friends, Ke Kahua O Kuali‘i, Keep It Kailua and other com­mu­nity lead­ers and Hawai­ian prac­ti­tion­ers. The plan ig­nores in­put pro­vided by Hoolaulima ia Kawainui.

This bill is con­trary to a draft sub­mit­ted to Sen. Tokuda that called for an ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee to work on the prepa­ra­tion of the marsh plan. It should not re­ceive a hear­ing be­cause it does not in­clude a pro­vi­sion that the ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee be es­tab­lished to pro­vide in­put into the con­tent of the plan in time for that in­put to be re­ported to the leg­is­la­ture prior to adop­tion of the plan or prepa­ra­tion of the EIS.

A plan of this mag­ni­tude, and for such a very sen­si­tive area, should be based on wide­spread, mean­ing­ful pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion. Chuck Pren­tiss

chair­man, Kailua Neigh­bor­hood


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