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PLDC repeal in jeopardy

This is not a position of the Democratic Party.  The Environmental Caucus supports repeal of Act 55 which created the Public Land Development Corporation.

The PLDC has the authority to sell State land and enter into long term leases on ceded land that is protected by the Constitution with no public oversite.  The PLDC can over ride the land management initiatives of the DLNR essentially turning DLNR into a real estate development agency.  The PLDC projects are excempt from any environment, Hawaiian Cultural and even County planning, building code and zoning regulations.  PLDC. at their discretion may hold one public hear on a project.  The may enter into a public/private partnership to facilitate any project without going to bid.

Supporters of Act 55 claim that the short commings of Act 55 can be corrected in the Rules developed by the PLDC to guide its operations.  In fact, only the law matters.

Senator Solomon introduced the legislation in the Senate that creating Act 55.  Now she is blocking all efforts to repeal this terrible legislation.

This introduction is authored by Bill Sager.  The following is thanks to Hawaii Thousand Friends:


Friday 2/2/13 on the Senate floor, Senator Malama Solomon, Chair of the Water and Land Committee, said that she will not hold a hearing on any of the Senate repeal PLDC bills, and that she will wait to see what crosses over from the House. 

The problem with this strategy is:  if a House repeal PLDC bill crosses over to the Senate but no Senate repeal PLDC bill crosses over to the House, the Senate committee chair can choose to not hold a hearing on any House repeal PLDC bill or can hold a hearing but not have a vote on the bill, thus making a repeal PLDC bill dead on arrival.

Act NOW. 

Contact Senate President Donna Mercado Kim  senkim@Capitol.hawaii.gov

and also contact your Senators and let them know you want the Senate to hear bills that will repeal PLDC.

Senators by Island 2013

List of all Senate repeal PLDC bills :

SB 1 – Introduced by Hee


SB 245 – Introduced by L. Thielen, Baker, Ihara, Ruderman, Slom


SB 338 – Introduced by Keith-Agaran, Baker, English


SB 480 – Introduced by English


SB 663 – Introduced by Green, Ruderman


SB 780 – Introduced by Slom


SB 958 – Introduced by Kim



A fox in sheeps clothing

This analysis is thanks to Hawaii Thousand Friends.  It is not an official position of the Hawaii Democratic Party


– PLDC –
A new name, same purpose

HB 942 Harbors and Parks Development Authority (HPDA)

Click to access HB942_.pdf

Hearing on HB 942:  Wednesday 1/30

Submit testimony online: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx

HB 942 – introduced by Souki by request (b/r) as part of Governor’s package
Converts PLDC to the Harbors and Parks Development Authority (HPDA) to “make optimal use of harbors and park lands” which would “serve the State and its people better if managed and developed into suitable recreational and leisure centers”
Defines all harbors and parks lands as all state boating facilities and parklands under DLNR
Gives HPDA the authority to identify harbors and park lands that are suitable for development such as:
State parks: Diamond Head (Oahu), Kokee (Kauai), Hapuna (Big Islnd), Makena Beach State Recreational Area (Maui), Palaau (Molokai)

Small boat harbors: Kaunakakai (Molokai), Manele (Lanai), Waianae (Oahu), Port Allen (Kauai), Honokohau (Big Island), Maalaea (Maui)
Like PLDC, HPDA can: do marketing analysis to determine the best revenue-generating programs for harbors and park lands; enter into public-private agreements to appropriately develop harbors and park lands
Permissible uses of harbors and park land same as PLDC: office space; vehicular parking; commercial uses; accommodations (i.e. hotels, homes, vacation rentals, time share); fueling facilities; storage and repair facilities; and seawater air conditioning plants.
Keeps same PLDC board structure substituting OHA administrator for Director of Finance
Like PLDC, HPDA shall prepare the Hawaii harbors and park land optimization plan
Like PLDC, harbors and park land planning activities of the authority shall be coordinated with county planning departments, county land use plans, policies and ordinances
Like PLDC, HPDA HRS 171C-8 states “All harbors and park lands optimization projects, land development plans developed by the authority SHALL be approved by the board. (Note: No set of rules can mitigate or over rule the word SHALL because it is in the law. Leaving no opportunity for denial)
DLNR cannot transfer harbors or park lands in fee simple to HPDA
Like PLDC, HPDA creates the Harbors and Parks development revolving fund; can acquire by condemnation, real, personal or mixed property for public facilities including streets, sidewalks, parks, schools and other public improvements
HPDA can seek assistance from HDCA (Hawaii Community Development Authority) regardless of whether the development opportunities are within a community development district which are: Kaka`ako, Kalaeloa (Barbers Point) and Heeia on Oahu and Hamakua on the Big Island.
Adds PLDC Chapter 171C to the definition of “public work” under Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) 104 Wages and Hours of Employees on Public Works
Deletes “public school special fund” which can now be found in SB 237  http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=237
Deletes “project facility program” which can now be found in HB 557  http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/bills/HB557.htm

Biannual General Meeting and Election of Officers

Please Join

The Environmental Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi

At its Biannual General Meeting and Election of Officers

The meeting will take place during the State Democratic Convention

May 26, 2012

6:00 p.m.

Sheraton Waikiki ·

2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

 (Please visit Convention Information desk or

Environmental Caucus Table for exact room number)

All Caucus Members are encouraged to be present at this general meeting,

so you need not be a delegate at the State Convention to attend.

Neighbor Island member may attend via phone and/or internet

Contact lynnmariesager@gmail.com for password and login informatiom

We will be electing our Officers for the next two years.

Positions up for reelection include:


Vice Chair



At Large One

At Large Two

At Large Three

Oahu County Distric 1 Representative*

Oahu County Distric 2 Representative*

East Hawaii County Representative*

West Hawaii County Representative*

Maui County Representative*

Molokai County Representative*

Lanai County Representative*

Kauai County Representative*

(*Must live in the county/district they represent)

If you are interested in serving on our Executive Committee,

you may review officer qualifications and duties on our website

Look under documents/bylaws


 or simply google Environmental Caucus Hawaii


Environmental Caucus of the HDP

Environmental Caucus interview with Chair Gary Hooser will be broadcast Thursday evening on Olelo Channel 52 at 5pm. Its also streaming at Olelo on Demand, search for Malama Aina with Bill Sager. Tell your friends.