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Tsutsui to Host DLNR
Listening Session on Maui

Posted 05:13 PM HST, September 7, 2011

By Wendy Osher

Senate President Shan Tsutsui. Photo by Wendy Osher.

A Listening Session will be held on Maui to hear community concerns and input on topics that fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR).

The meeting will be hosted by Senate President Shan Tsutsui of Maui, and will include participation from DLNR Chair William Aila Jr., First Deputy Guy Kaulukukui, and Water Deputy Bill Tam of Honolulu.

The public is invited to provide comment, ask questions, or air concerns.  The meeting will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at the Lahaina Intermediate School Cafeteria.

A similar meeting was held on Kaua’i last month.

“These listening sessions are purely for the Department to visit with communities and receive feedback on the communities’ ideas and concerns relating to the Department responsibilities,” said Aila.  “Community participation is essential to caring for our land and natural resources in Hawai’i,” he said.

The jurisdiction of DLNR extends from the mountaintops to three miles seaward of the coast.   The state department is responsible for managing 1.3 million acres of state land, 3 million acres of state ocean waters, and 2 million acres of conservation district lands.

The department is also responsible for management of drinking water supply, fisheries, coral reefs, indigenous and endangered plants and animals, and all of Hawai’i’s historic and cultural sites.

Individuals who are unable to attend, but would like to send comments, questions, or concers, can do so by emailing: DLNR2011ListeningSessions@hawaii.gov.

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  • Princess Lehuanani

    we on maui nui in lahaina have been dealing with the disrespect from the fishermen of our shorelines……why is there 15 fishing poles in the waters of turtles (our sacred honu’s) in the lahaina wahikuli area…..please monitor and protect our turtles from mala to waihikuli…..a turtle santurary is needed in this area from mala to waihikuli…….hooks, fishing line is a concern (if it is all over the rocks, reefs and dry land,,,can you imagine the waters of our Honu’s…….how about a hook in your mouth for your dinner tonight, hummmmmm?????

  • princess lehuanani

    notticed fishing boats washing their boats out in our ocean off of mala……all boating vessels needs monitoring off of our shorelines…on the westside…….no MONITORING…..no VESSELS with in our channels of Maui Nui, period.

    • princess lehuanani

      two nights ago big boat, big lights off of the boat, washing and cleaning boat vessel at night from 7p to about 10p. in the waters of mala/waihikuli, noticed that when a police car passed, the lights of the boat would get low…..however soon as the cops blue lights pass mala/waihikuli…..the high lights of the boat vessel shines bright again…..what gave the seen of boat washing was the way the people was manuvering on the boat and the way the lights was shinning bright at night off of mala/waihikuli…..NO Monitoring…..NO boating Vessels on our Channels, period.

  • princess lehuanani

    mala wharf……..who is responsible for the pier at mala…..and to be Accountable, for this is almost a 100 years since the building of this unsuccessful project that have been left to ruins (1920) and now this ruins from the wharf is schattered thourgh out our reefs and shorelines of mala and waihikuli, till today the State of hawaii and Maui County have not Cleaned and or demolished this unwanted mess of Usa, that have left this just to rot away in our sacred waters. this state of hawaii and this county of maui needs to be fined and penalized for the destruction of our sacred fishings ponds of mala…..please investigate and penalize Usa, county of maui both for this dangerous hazard unsafe diaster created by Usa because of the greed of monies and illegal business……please get rid of this mess that Usa have build, left to rot in our ocean waters off of mala and wahikuli……..i await a response or person responsible and accountable to begin the Exposure of this Hewa (wrongful actions) on our sacred lands and ocean waters……thank you