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SB707 regarding PLDC repeal

Senate votes to do away with public land agency

February 20, 2013
By ANITA HOFSCHNEIDER , The Associated Press

HONOLULU – The Hawaii state Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to get rid of the heavily criticized Public Land Development Corp.

The move comes after the state House passed a separate proposal last week abolishing the agency, which has been denounced for its broad power to develop public lands.

Despite the similar outcomes, Hawaii senators avoided the fanfare that accompanied the House vote, when a number of representatives stood up to say the agency was a mistake. Rather, the Senate repeal sailed through without comment.

The bill creating the land agency originated in the Senate two years ago.

Although both chambers have affirmed proposals to get rid of the organization, the bills still have a long way to go before they can become law.

Both chambers must consider each other’s bills in committees and work toward a draft they both can agree upon. The Senate version of the repeal is similar to the House bill adopted last week, but the two aren’t exactly the same.

Unlike the House bill, the senators propose to keep some of the land agency’s personnel, including the executive director, by transferring them to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Since its creation, the agency has been a constant source of contention between the state and county leaders, who have condemned the agency for its ability to develop public lands without regard to local zoning or permitting laws.

The bill approved by the Senate originally started as a proposal to curtail urban sprawl, but it morphed into a repeal of the public land agency after being heard by the Senate committees on economic development and land.

Sen. David Ige, chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, cited the agency’s excessive power in his report to the Senate president recommending that the agency be killed.

He said that repealing the law creating the agency is in the public’s best interest.

Waianae Coast/Lual​ualei RAB Meeting


 This is a reminder of the Waianae Coast/Lualualei Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) meeting on February 21, 2013 to discuss the following presentation:

  •  Draft Time Critical Removal Action Work Plan for the Salvage Yard (Facility 524)

Date: February 21, 2013 (Thursday)

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Nanakuli High and Intermediate School Library, 89-980 Nanakuli Avenue, Waianae, HI 96792

Please note the meeting information will be published in the Sunday, February 17, 2013 edition of the Star Advertiser, appearing in the Legals/Public Notices section. Also, the meeting invite packet will be sent next Tuesday.



Rachel Gilhooly


Environment, West Region, Pacific District

D 808.356.5343


1001 Bishop St., Suite 1600

Honolulu, HI 96813

T 808.521.3051 F 808.523.8950


Coalition for a Drug-Free Hawaii Backyard Jam 2/24/13

Hi Everyone!

Attached are flyers for the Coalition for a Drug-Free Hawaii’s 13th Annual HiLife Backyard Jam. The event will held on Sunday, February 24, 2013 from noon to 5 pm at Kapolei High School. It will be a fun family event. Please feel free to post and pass out the flyers.

The Kapolei Community Coalition (KCC) will also be collecting data to help keep our Kapolei community safe, healthy, and drug-free. If you would like to help us collect data at the event, please contact me at huffc@hawaii.rr.com or 226-3797.

Hope to see you at the Backyard Jam.

Caroline Huff
Project Coordinator
Coalition for a Drug-Free Hawaii
1130 N. Nimitz Hwy Suite A259
Honolulu, HI 96817

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Preliminary Approval for $5.75 Million Settlement Against State for Covering Up Years of Sexual Abuse of Students

(Posted on 2/20/13 at 9:10am. Updated on 2/20/13 at 3:10pm. Updated on 2/24/13 at 8:33am.)
The following excerpts are from Nelson Daranciang’s “Settlement in School Sex-Abuse Case Gets Initial OK” (Star-Advertiser, 2/20/13). Similar cases could be brought under SB 2588 even if the Statute Of Limitations had previously run, up until April 2014. SB2588 was authored by Sen. Maile Shimabukuro and signed into law on 4/24/12:

A federal judge granted preliminary approval Tuesday to a proposed $5.75 million class-action settlement of a lawsuit accusing the state of allowing and covering up years of sexual abuse of students at Hawaii School for the Deaf and Blind.

The plaintiffs claim that as many as 35 current and former students were abused on the Kapahulu public school’s campus and on school buses since Aug. 10, 2001.

The lawsuit, filed in 2011 by Hono­lulu attorney Michael Green, alleged that a group of students “bullied, terrorized, assaulted, robbed, sodomized (and) raped” younger students at the school.

extends the statute of limitations for civil actions brought by persons subjected to sexual offenses as a minor against the person who committed the act. -Authored by Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, signed into law 4/24/12

Extends the statute of limitations for civil actions brought by persons subjected to sexual offenses as a minor against the person who committed the act. -Authored by Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, signed into law 4/24/12

According to a timetable set by U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin S.C. Chang, the state must publish in the newspaper a notice of the proposed settlement for four consecutive weeks starting no later than Monday and mail notices to affected people by March 8.

Anyone who may qualify for compensation but wishes not to participate in the settlement has until April 5 to opt out. People will have a chance to state their objections in court on April 22, when Chang considers final approval.

Police said in 2011 that several juvenile males were arrested in connection with the case.

Click here to read the full article on the Star-Advertiser site.