Kaena Point Coastal Reserve

Appropriates funds for the Kaena point coastal reserve. (SD1)

THE SENATE                              S.B. NO.           S.D. 1
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT



 1      SECTION 1.  The legislature finds that the coastal area of
 2 Kaena Point, a natural reserve area, is unique in offering a
 3 wilderness experience to residents of Oahu within a short drive.
 4 The Kaena Point coastal reserve offers tide pools, coastal sand
 5 dunes, habitat for rare plant species and associated insects,
 6 wildlife habitat for native animals including the endangered
 7 pueo, or Hawaiian short-eared owl, and monk seal, nesting sites
 8 for seabirds such as the Laysan albatross and wedgetail
 9 shearwater, an abundance of historic and cultural sites, and an
10 offshore habitat for reef fish and other marine animals that is a
11 magnet for fishermen, marine predators like spinner dolphins, and
12 migrating humpback whales.  After seven years of improved
13 resource management and a ban on motorized vehicles, the natural
14 area reserve portion at Kaena Point is in good condition.  The
15 ground cover is quickly returning.  Monk seals are regularly seen
16 on the beaches.  Rare plants indigenous to the area are showing
17 signs of recovery.  The leeward side is recovering at a slower
18 pace due to the dryer climate and established alien grasses.
19      However, more needs to be done to restore coastal ecosystems

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 1 and protect threatened and endangered species, protect historic
 2 and cultural sites, and maintain access to the wilderness area
 3 for compatible activities.  The community and the department of
 4 land and natural resources are developing a joint vision to
 5 achieve these objectives.  The State recognizes that community
 6 participation in development and planning is imperative.  With
 7 this in mind, the following costs have been estimated for the
 8 development of the Kaena Point coastal reserve area.  The purpose
 9 of this Act is to appropriate funds to support the development
10 and operating costs of the Kaena Point coastal reserve.
11      SECTION 2.  There is appropriated out of the general
12 revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $          , or so
13 much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 1999-2000, of
14 which $          shall be for the Kaena Point coastal reserve
15 development costs, and $         shall be for the Kaena Point
16 coastal reserve operating costs.
17      SECTION 3.  The sum appropriated shall be expended by the
18 department of land and natural resources for the purposes of this
19 Act.
20      SECTION 4.  This Act shall take effect on July 1, 1999.