MEETING AGENDA - February 26, 2024

    1:00 pm
    In person at 1151 Punchbowl St, Room 132
    ((DLNR Board Room, Kalanimoku Building)

    Honolulu , Hawaiʻi

    Online via ZOOM, ZOOM LINK:

    livestreaned at YouTube Live:

    This meeting will be held using interactive conference technology under section 92-3.7, Haw. Rev. Stat. (HRS). Commission members, staff, applicants, testifiers, and the public can choose to participate in person, online via Zoom, or by telephone. The public may also view the live meeting via its live stream at:

    To Provide Written Testimony:We encourage interested persons to submit written testimony in advance of the meeting, which will be distributed to Commissioners prior to the meeting and allow a timely review. Please submit written testimony via email Written testimonies can also be mailed to 811 Kolu St, Suite 201, Wailuku, HI 96793 or faxed to (808) 243-5885. Late written testimony will be retained as part of the record and distributed to Commissioners as soon as practicable, but we cannot ensure the Commission will receive it in sufficient time to review, prior to decision-making.

    To Provide In-Person Oral Testimony:Attend in-person at: 1151 Punchbowl St, Room 132 (Kalanimoku Building), Honolulu, Hawaii.

    To Provide Testimony by Telephone:On the day of the meeting at the start of the agenda item you wish to testify on, dial: 1-346-248-7799 (Zoom), at the prompts enter: Meeting ID: 487 499 3999 Passcode: 5449780. Note: to unmute, press *6 .

    To Provide Video/Zoom Testimony:You may testify without signing up in advance.




    A. Minutes of June 26, 2023 Regular Commission Meeting



    A. Review Legislation Related to the Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Commission (KIRC)and Approve KIRC Legislative Positions for 2024 Session

      1.Review Measures Relating to KIRC Carried Over from 2023 Session: House Bill (HB) 571 House Draft (HD) 1 and Senate Bill (SB)100 Senate Draft (SD) 1 both KIRC Funding Requests for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024

      2. Review Measures Relating to KIRC for 2024 Session: HB1800 (Relating to the State Budget) and HB1889 (Designates an Official Snail for Kahoʺolawe)

      3. Review Governors' Messages 584, 585 and 600 related to Appointments and Confirmations of Commissioners Mataafa, Saito and Souza respectively

      4. Approve KIRC Legislative Position for 2024 Session: Request an Increase in General Funds for additional KIRC staffing and Request Initial Funding for KIRC Kīhei Operations and Education Center

    B. Approve Proposed Calendar Year (CY) 2024 Access Dates and Activities for the Protect Kahoʻolawe ʻOhana (PKO)

    C. Authorize the Executive Director to Award Base Camp Management Operations Contract to Dawson Solution, LLC for FY2025

    D. Authorize the Executive Director to Extend Communications Systems Contract with Harmer for FY2025

    E. Approve Recommendation and Direct Staff to Submit Recommendation for New Chairperson to the Governor

    F. Approve Recommendation and Direct Staff to Submit Recommendation for New Chairperson to the Governor


    A. Executive Director's Report

      1. Status Update on Budget, Finance and Funding: Review of Annual Trust Fund Report to Legislature, Review Expenditure Report and Budget Variances

      2. Status Update on Plans, Policies and Procedures:Review Long Range Schedule

      3. Status Update on Administration, Staffing and Personnel: Report on Status of Current Commissioner's Appointments; Report on Commissioner's Term expiring at end of FY2024; Report on New KIRC Staff hires and recruitments

      4. Status Update on Public Information, Outreach and Government Relations:Report on Legislative Interactions - Senate Ways and Means Committee July 27, 2023 Briefing and Canceled House Water and Land Committee September 2023 site visit to Kahoʻolawe

      5. Status Update on Capital Improvements, Reserve operations and Logistics: Update on, KIRC vessel, ʻŌhua, Repairs and Update on Base Camp Capital Improvement Project (CIP)


    A. Status Update on Current Commission/Administration Projects:

      1. KIRC Virtual Museum-Stage 3: Collaborations & Special Collections (IMLS 3)

      2. KIRC Live-Stream and VR Expedition Project (IMLS4)

      3. Going Mobile:Upgrading the Technological Infrastructure of Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Commission (IMLS5)

      4. Sharing the Stories of Kahoʻolawe's Past, Present and Future (HTA)

    B. Status Update on Current Restoration Projects:

      1. Coastal and Upland Wetland Restoration on Kahoʻolawe, HI (NAWCA-Wetlands)

      2. Ka Palupalu o Kanaloa Partnership Project (Kanaloa Working Group Project)

      3. Kamōhio Watershed Restoration Project 2023-2026 Phase I Department of Health ((DOH 6)

    C. Status Update on Current Ocean Program Grant Projects:

      1. Coastal and Upland Wetland Restoration on Kahoʻolawe, HI)(CWC Grant)

      2. Developing a Digital Application for the Collection of Kilo ʻIke Pili (IMLS 6)

      3. Marine Debris Removal from Kanapou on Kahoʻolawe (NFWF Marine Debris Grant)



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