OHV Legislative Interests 2018



From the Rock Island Riders’ MK200.com:

It is ironic that on May 26, two days before this year’s MK200 the Governor signed into law Senate Bill 1325 which disallows a new registration for “dirt bikes”.

Legislation of interest:

If you have a motorcycle that has been modified to be street legal, you will be interested in some bills currently alive at the legislature.

SB2324 – https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2324&year=2018

Introduced by

SB819 – https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=819&year=2018

HB737 – https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=737&year=2018

HB812 – https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=812&year=2018

HB2400 – https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=2400&year=2018

HB2589 – https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=2589&year=2018



Capitol webpage: https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/home.aspx



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Pele Defense Fund and Hunters, Warriors in Arms

Palikapu Dedman of Pele Defense Fund, best known as opponents of geothermal development, has teamed up with the hunters, Mauna Kea Recreational Users Group and other community action groups, in fighting the large-scale fencing and eradication projects of DLNR and other government/private agencies. Game eradication, ongoing for many years on Mauna Kea, is now being leveled on the wild pua’a (pig). To hunters it seems to be an all out war on the pua’a.

The issue, which has been simmering for many years, has come to a head in recent months when DLNR announced management plans for Natural Area Reserves in Pu’a Maka’ala and Kau. These plans include the fencing of thousands of acres and eradication of the pig living there. Of interest to other recreational users is the closure of miles of road ways which would otherwise be available for access to remote locations. It seems that public access and use is nonexistent on DLNR’s list of priorities.

Hunter’s protests in front of DLNR’s Hilo office in February lead the Mauna Kea Recreational Users Group to organize the The People’s Hearing:Hunting on February 25. That meeting which drew over 200 concerned hunters was the start of an still evolving coalition of community action groups concerned about the government’s dismal record of accountability to the public it is supposed to serve. Pele Defense Fund stepped up to the plate to create a special use fund to finance a lawsuit to support the hunters’ cause.

May 2012

To Hunters and Gatherers:

All funds received by hunters and supporters will go to immediate use for a retainer or down payment to the attorney that will file a class action law suit to stop immediate fencing and eradication of deer, sheep, goats, pigs and cattle on DLNR lands including NARS areas. We feel there is strong evidence of traditional and customary practices that has been grossly neglected in the designated fence lands to date including Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. These funds will be kept in a litigation account with PDF and only used as such. Lets all stand together and protect the resources and life style of our island for our keiki’s future. Hunting and gathering are the same. lt is not just a right but our responsibility.

Mahalo for your support and if you have any questions call Pele Defense Fund (808) 315-9996. Make checks written to: PDF Hunters.

Mahalo nui,

Palikapu Dedman
Pele Defense Fund
P.O Box 4969
Hilo, Hawai’i 96720

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Very Long Baseline Array

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HTH: Ka’u fencing project would limit hunting

Ka’u fencing project would limit hunting
Hawaii Tribune Herald

12:05 am – November 21, 2012 — Updated: 12:06 am – November 21, 2012


Tribune-Herald staff writer

The Pele Defense Fund filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the state’s Ka‘u Forest Reserve Management Plan.

The group, joined by individual hunters, claims that the state Department of Land and Natural Resources needs to conduct an environmental impact statement for the plan, which would fence 12,000 acres for habitat protection.

The plaintiffs say the $10.4 million fencing project, intended to protect native plant species and the watershed, will lead to the loss of hunting grounds, an impact they believe should trigger the study.

The study would analyze the impacts of a project on the environment, economy, cultural practices and social welfare.

The lawsuit, filed in 3rd Circuit Court, focuses on the hunting issue, which it argues impacts cultural practices.

“It doesn’t talk about what our needs are to be in the future,” said PDF President Palikapu Dedman, referring to subsistence hunting.

DLNR staff didn’t return multiple requests for comment Tuesday afternoon.

The agency drafted a 383-page environmental assessment to determine whether an EIS is needed. The state’s Office of Environmental Quality approved it in October and gave it a “finding of no significant impact,” making the additional study unnecessary.

DLNR has identified the forest reserve as a “critical watershed” for Ka‘u. It says the water supply is threatened by invasive species of both animals and plants.

The EA identifies 153 endemic plant species and at least 32 species of rare plants in the reserve and surrounding area.

Under the plan, DLNR would remove ungulates, including cattle, pigs and goats, with “special hunts” and trappings. The document also identifies hunting as an important “subsistence and cultural” practice in Ka‘u.

The area would be a candidate for introduction of the Hawaiian Crow, which is extinct in the wild, and would be fenced at 2,000 acres to 4,000 acres at a time as funding becomes available. It’s anticipated to take 15 years.

Public access would still be permitted through gates and “walk-overs.”

The fenced area would be be in the upper portion of the reserve. The reserve totals 61,641 acres.

Email Tom Callis at tcallis@hawaiitribune-herald.com.

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Voters issue a powerful mandate for hunting, fishing and gathering on Hawaii island

The ballot item on the formation of a hunting, fishing and gathering advisory commission in the November 6 election passed by almost 2 to 1 margin. A total of 37,366 people voted for the item while 19,751 voted no and 6,676 left it blank.

Support for the commission apparently has no geographical boundaries as it was approved in every one of the 42 precincts on Hawaii island. When blank votes are considered, the item won by a majority in all but one precinct.

Council district Yes No Blank
1 4236 60% 2114 30% 764 11%
2 4962 56% 2849 32% 1035 12%
3 4743 58% 2490 30% 995 12%
4 3890 58% 2171 33% 600 9%
5 3548 60% 1853 31% 561 9%
6 3936 59% 2101 31% 664 10%
7 3710 57% 2105 32% 714 11%
8 3876 61% 1883 29% 628 10%
9 4465 61% 2185 30% 715 10%
All Districts* 37366 61% 19751 30% 6676 10%

*Total percentages may not equal 100 due to rounding.

Game Commission vote.xls with precinct results.

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Tribune-Herald staff writer

When voters on Nov. 6 approved the creation of a Game Management Advisory Commission, they added to the Hawaii County Charter a 128-word statement that explains the broad scope over which the commission is empowered to make recommendations.

“For the benefit of present and future generations,” the new charter language says, “the game management advisory commission shall advise County, State and Federal agencies on matters related to the preservation of subsistence hunting and fishing, as well as protecting traditional and cultural gathering rights.

“The commission may also advise County, State, and Federal agencies on any matter affecting the taking and conservation of aquatic life and wildlife, including proposed rules, and shall communicate its findings and recommendations to these agencies.

“The commission shall promulgate recommendations that conserve and protect the natural and cultural resources of Hawaii in furtherance of the self-sufficiency and long-term subsistence sustainability of aquatic life and wildlife in the County.

“The commission shall provide reports or legislative recommendations to the council as necessary, or at least quarterly.”

The nine-member commission will include one person from each of the nine council districts. Mayor Billy Kenoi is charged with appointing these members, and the County Council will approve them.

Char Shigemura, one of Kenoi’s executive assistants, on Thursday was assembling lists of all the boards and commissions that will have vacancies at the end of the year. Commissioners are appointed for staggered unpaid five-year terms, and those whose terms are expiring at the end of this year will create vacancies in a month and a half.

Shigemura wasn’t aware of any applications that have been filed for the board, but she knows several people from the hunting community have expressed interest in it.

Incoming council members can also help by recommending people, she said. She’s looking for as many qualified people as possible to be confirmed by the next council.

People interested in becoming a member of the Game Management Advisory Commission, or of any other board or commission, may download an application form from www.hawaiicounty.gov/boards-and-commissions-vacancy/.

Kenoi’s recommendation for each of the commissioners will then be forwarded to the County Council for approval. The commission may begin meeting as soon as a quorum of five commissioners is sworn in.

“We just want a good cross-section of people so that it’s a good balance,” Shigemura said. The commission will likely draw much interest from hunters and fishers, but it is open to all citizens.

The grass-roots push for a game advisory commission on the Big Island arose out of the need by hunters to have a local voice in the management of fish and game. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources claims jurisdiction over hunting issues, through its Division of Forestry and Wildlife, and over fishing issues, through the Division of Aquatic Resources.

Big Island hunters and the DLNR have disagreed before; one of the disputes culminated in the passage of a law by Hawaii County that bans aerial shooting of ungulates by helicopters. The DLNR, citing a federal mandate, has ignored the law.

Pat Pacheco, a prominent hunter who has been instrumental in the passage of the charter amendment, said the DLNR held a “secret meeting” in Papa‘aloa on Wednesday night to discuss hunting issues.

Pacheco and another hunter, Tony Sylvester, have a meeting scheduled with Kenoi next Monday to review some of the names that are being circulated to be on the commission. He has also heard from several County Council members that nominees will not face any major hurdles in getting confirmed. The confirmation of commissioners is usually a routine matter for the County Council.

“We’ve got to get it (the commission) going quickly so we can get solutions going so we can take to the Legislature to help us,” Pacheco said. He expects the commission to serve as the voice of hunters and fishers on the Big Island, to serve as a local counterweight to the DLNR. Pacheco said Kenoi has asked him to help recruit people interested on being on the commission.

Email Peter Sur at psur@hawaiitribune-herald.com.

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Hawaii Reporter: Response to the Findings for the Kau Forest Alala Reserve

Original story: http://www.hawaiireporter.com/response-to-the-findings-for-the-kau-forest-alala-reserve/123

Response to the Findings for the Kau Forest Alala Reserve

BY TOM LODGE– It is interesting that the Department of Health Office of Environmental Quality Control signed off on the Kau Forest Alala Reserve with a “no significant impact” assessment. Was there any other possibility? I’m not certain, but these plans are usually agreed to in advance then taken to the street to be sold to the public. It is on the finding of this assessment that I comment.

The DLNR took many comments, some unmentioned in their findings, along with a statement apparently saying “they defended their management policies” and further that they felt “paying hunters is not an effective way to deal with the problems posed by invasive species.” Really? Well for one thing, none of these species are “invasive”. The pig was brought to Hawaii as a resource. So too probably was the rat, cat, dog and taro, but the pig for sure. Actually the pig is so much more than just a resource to the Ancient Hawaiian, and I hardly think that “invasive “is the appropriate vernacular to describe the pig.

Of course, speaking of resources, Cook and Vancouver brought gifts of cattle, sheep, goats and eventually others, axis deer to Hawaii, all gifts of resources to the monarchy and the people of Hawaii. It’s pretty audacious to think of them as “invasive”.  Food sources are “necessary resources” whether introduced or not. Resources have to be managed in Harmony with other resources. The Hawaiians were good at this; water in a stream was diverted through a maze of “auwai’s” to bring blessings of Lono to the taro, banana, breadfruit, and yams. Pigs, sheep and goats, here, and deer elsewhere in Hawaii need the respect that resources demand, and where necessary, to maintain harmony, management, not eradication.

The DLNR loves to use analogy to push their agenda, such as ““The Division (of Forestry and Wildlife) has found that in the most remote areas with native vegetation, hunters alone are simply not able to control ungulates to levels that prevent degradation to the forest.” This might be the case where you have steep and impenetrable forest, and it is also used as pretext to snare where hunters have taken animal numbers down to levels of minimal impact and the hours chasing pigs were rarely rewarded. In many of these areas, especially considering the condition of the areas today, leaving the area aggressively hunted would probably have left the overall forest in more pristine condition than what is found today around the state.

The most absurd statement of the article is that “DOFAW officials insisted the plan will not keep people from hunting in the reserve” and yet a few sentences later proclaims “The proposed portion of the reserve identified for fencing and ungulate removal will not be available for game mammal hunting once ungulates have been removed.”

The article also suggests that the 12,000 acres taken out of public hunting will be “mitigated “by “increasing access to large portions of the reserve still available for hunting and by involving hunters in ungulate removal activities.” I’d like to focus on the word, still. The DLNR is embarking on removing animal resources from the entire state of Hawaii. This is outlined thoroughly in the “Hahai no ka ua i ka ululā`au” (Rain follows the forest) documents.


In 1970 or thereabouts, Hawaii embarked on a program to set aside pristine areas of intact forest or other special areas for perpetuity. These Natural Area Reserves now number 20reserves on five islands, encompassing 123,431 acres of the State’s most unique ecosystems. If any areas in Hawaii could be argued to be free of ungulates, there might be an argument here, but because the Polynesians brought with them various animals that lived in the forest, what we have today perhaps evolved with these animal resources within them. What are at issue herewith the people of Hawaii and the rest of the other outer Islands is that the State is furtively moving to encompass all forest are essentially into a NARS like system of restrictions and eradication of our natural resources.

Lastly, the DLNR suggests that it is aware that there is a lack of support among many of Kau’s residents for both the fencing and the eradications, yet they signed off on this plan as “no significant impact”. The reality is that there is a significant impact but that the wishes of the people are irrelevant. This has been the case in every single case I’m aware of where there has been a “taking” of land and resources from the people of Hawaii.

I’d like to close on the comments of some who suggest that fencing would keep pigs closer to the lower elevations and closer to hunting opportunities. Fences can be prisons, or fences can be barriers. Fences and other barriers in all cases, restrict animal travel, confining them to smaller habitat areas, increasing their impact and forces them eventually into areas where they typically don’t inhabit and create many times negative impacts with the public.

In all cases, fences in Hawaii’s forests are inhospitable and don’t elicit the feelings of Aloha nor allow for those of us who grew up here in Hawaii to be able to, as Everett Franco of Pa’auilo opines, “Holo holo”. For you haoles out there, that means enjoy at your leisure, the bounty bestowed upon us and rightfully belonging to the people of Hawaii, not an arrogant, unresponsive DLNR and elitist environmental community looking to sway land use policy and access.

The best solution to the Kau forest, is a Cooperative Game Management Plan implemented by the people of Hawaii in cooperation with the environmental community, the DLNR, and the hunters, knowing that the people of Hawaii, have the ultimate stake in our resources and that working together is the path to perpetuity.

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Naleo TV, BI Community Television Airdates for “Vote YES Ballot 6”


Nani Pogline, Tony Sylvester and Pat Pacheco take a look at the issues, problems and solutions that hunters, fishermen and gatherers hope to address with On November 6 Vote YES on Ballot 6.

Air dates on channel 54:

  • Thurs., 10/25 @ 5:30pm
  • Fri., 10/26 @ 9:30pm
  • Sat., 10/27 @ 9am
  • Tues., 10/30 @ 5:30pm
  • Thurs., 11/1 @ 4:30pm
  • Sun., 11/4 @ 11am
  • Mon., 11/5 @ 4:30pm
  • Tues., 11/6 @ 7:30am

It may also be aired on channel 53 on an unscheduled fill-in basis.

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Hawaii Free Press: Endangered Species: Feds Grab for 18,766 Acres on Big Island

From the Hawaii Free Press October 18, 2012.

Endangered Species: Feds Grab for 18,766 Acres on Big Island Continue reading

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Tribune-Herald announces endorsements

MKRUG disagrees with the Trib’s view but here it is for the record. Published 10/21/12. Continue reading
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