VIDEO: Hawaii’s new Public Land Development Corp rejected

VIDEO: Hawaii’s new Public Land Development Corp rejected
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Testifier tears apart the new Public Land Development Corp rules, literally

Video by David Corrigan | Voice of Stephanie Salazar

HILO, Hawaii: To the cheers of the crowd, Robert Petricci tore apart the new administrative rules for Hawaii’s Public Land Development Corporation. That pretty much sums up how everyone felt about the newly created agency.

Testifiers expressed outrage on Monday night. One by one, residents lashed out during a hearing held at the Waiakea High School cafeteria in Hilo.

This was the first in a statewide series of public meetings on the new rules for the PLDC. And it looks like things are off to a rocky start. Many cringed at the apparent broad powers given to the new state agency.

Passed through the 2011 state legislature with astounding speed but little public fanfare, Act 55 created the Public Land Development Corporation, and was hailed by Governor Neil Abercrombie as a cornerstone of his New Day in Hawaii platform. Speaking before a room of supporters during this Democratic Party convention in Kona that year, the governor explained just how important the new agency will be in terms revitalizing the state’s ailing parks and boat harbors.

Local senators like Malama Solomon and Gil Kahele also praised the legislation..

The agency will develop state lands and generate revenues for the Department of Land and Natural Resources. Through public-private partnerships, the corporation aims to attract private companies as joint partners in development opportunities.

But as time went on, the public began to take a closer look at the agency, and began to grow concerned with what they found in the fine print.

Moani Keala Akaka, a former OHA trustee, was one of the first to raise a warning…

By the time the PLDC’s chief supporter, Senator Donovan Dela Cruz, made his presentation to the Hawaii County Council later that year …. using the Mauna Kea State Park as one example … skepticism was growing. Now, a more informed public is beginning to mobilize.

Former Campbell Estate land manager Lloyd Haraguchi has been named executive director of the corporation… he tried to calm the crowd before the meeting began in Hilo on Monday.

The cheif concern is the intent to develop the public lands – known as the ceded lands in Hawaii…

Others, like Sierra club member Cory Harden, ran down the numerous development rights given to the corporation.

Many testifiers expressed deep concern over how the PLDC will enable further geothermal development on Hawaii Island.

Towards the end of the evening, testimony grew desperate, as folks whose lives are intertwined with Hawaii’s public lands and resources spoke out against the new corporation.

Hearings will continue on all islands over the next few weeks. The final hearing will be held on August 31 on Kaua’i.


  • Micky


  • Dave Gonzales

    IS THERE ANYWAY WE CAN RECALL De La Cruz, Solomon,et,al ? Can we Repeal Act 55? We need to teach these corporate shills pretending to be representatives of Hawai’is people a lesson somehow ! THIS IS PURE JUNK. THIS is the DIRTY TRICKS birds of the TPP & APEC debacle coming home to roost. THEY”VE underestimated the resolve of the people to keep Hawai’i from becoming a 1% ers paradise. Personally ,I feel betrayed by this gov & his cronies, I AM VERY ANGRY.

  • Taxedtoeath

    Attached is testimony on Senate Resolution 25, including (pages 8 and 9) testimony from IDG and Mililani Trask supporting PLDC’s exploitation of public lands to develop Hawaii and Maui island geothermal projects.


    IDG: “This Resolution will set priority for the newly created PLDC, to work with the DLNR to expedite renewable geothermal energy development on our own State lands to benefit our State in these times of energy & fiscal crisis.”

    Trask: “Last session the State legislature wisely created ACT 55 and the Public Land Development Corporation (PLDC). This new hybrid State agency will be fast tracking development on public trust lands, which have not been developed because of a lack of State funding. Act 55 facilitated ‘public-private’ partnerships’. Although Act 55 initially contemplated recreational & harbor related uses, we now all realize that it can be a vehicle to facilitate partnerships for energy development on public trust lands. In the case of geothermal this is very significant because geothermal is an assets of the Trust and belongs to the public & native Hawaiians. The State is Hawaii is the Trustee of the public Trust (including geothermal energy resources) and should be able to receive revenues and benefit directly from these valuable resources.”

    ===========================§ 171C-19, quoted below) is exempt from many requirements that affect other developers. The PLDC is a vehicle to facilitate development on public land by providing special favors such as state money and permit avoidance.


    In January of 2011 Samuel J. Lemmo, the Administrator for OCCL, Office of conservation and coastal lands gave a presentation about changes that they were making within conservation lands. This changes were marked as Sub-zones in the conservation lands.

    There will be many reasons given to sacrifice our pubic lands for all kinds of destructive activities such as drilling for water, geothermal and anything else they can make money off of as well as pushing too develop these lands for commercial purposes with little public or county meaningful input or participation. This will spread and speed the destructive kind of developments we have seen particularly on Oahu and Maui like never before. Expediting the degradation of our remaining precious natural environment and way of life . The roads alone they make for these projects, wells and developments as we have see all over the Hawaiian islands are a huge threat to our remaining native forest. Developments DNR has permitted in the past and will be pushing for now and in the future have devastated our forest, beaches, coastline, and other natural areas for corporate interest, the PDC wi further and speed the progressive destruction of our environment.

    The link below shows the sub-zone maps.


  • Mo Mi

    Thank you for pointing out how Trask is tied to the PLDC..to make it easier for her to make money from the lands that does not belong to her. She likes to drill her puka all over the place..now they are starting on Hualalai..Auwe, Hewa.

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