HONOLULU, Hawaii – A few bills of interest to the district of Hamakua on Hawaii Island passed the Senate Ways and Means Committee.
One bill finds money for the design, plans, and construction of the Waimea-Paauilo watershed project.
Another measure establishes a working group to study the preservation of resources in Waipio Valley. SB3063 also sets aside money for the purchase of land from Bishop Museum, “so the museum can continue its mission,” as Senator Malama Solomon told us last week. “Which is – of course – the Bishop Museum and their interests, and also to preserve taro farming in Waipio.”
Lawmakers apparently needed a little clarity on Thursday. Since it wasn’t specified in the description, Maui senator Kalani English asked, “are they talking about the Waipio on the Big Island, Maui, Molokai, Ohau, Kaui…”
“Which one do you want it to be?” joked another committee member.
Status of bills represent up-to-date information via State Legislative website
SB3026 SD1 – AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS FOR THE WAIMEA-PAAUILO WATERSHED PROJECT
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SB3063 SD1 – RELATING TO DISPOSITION OF LANDS IN WAIPIO VALLEY
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