Gov. David Ige has yet to sign rules intended to create Hawaii’s first Community-Based Subsistence Fishing Area for Haena on the north shore of Kauai.
The seven-month delay has irked those who fought for the past several years to convince the state Board of Land and Natural Resources to take action to ensure the sustainability of the near-shore ocean resources there by implementing a program based on culturally rooted practices.
Now it looks like the wait will continue through the summer.
“The Haena fishing rules are still under review,” Cindy McMillan, Ige’s communications director, said Wednesday. “We expect that the review process will be completed by the end of the summer.”
The land board approved the rules in October following a passionate series of meetings attended by hundreds of supporters, as well as some commercial fishermen opposed to the restrictions.
“When a community goes through the process that the state provides — goes through it correctly and completes it correctly — then it behooves the governor to sign the rules.” — Makaala Kaaumoana
Under the rules, commercial fishing would be banned in the subsistence fishing area, which spans a few miles along the northwestern coast and stretches one mile seaward. Additionally, fishermen could only use two hook-and-line poles at any given time; spear guns and night fishing would be prohibited; and there would be bag
Gov. David Ige was elected Nov. 4, took office Dec. 1 and hit the Legislature up for $670,400 a month later.
His office needed the emergency money to cover payroll shortfalls, travel expenses and other transitional needs of the new administration.
It’s a common request for incoming governors to make, but one that often receives little scrutiny, particularly for Democrats in deep blue Hawaii.
State lawmakers rushed to pass House Bill 930, unanimously agreeing to provide every cent Ige requested. He signed the legislation into law in late February as Act 2.
Few details of how the $670,400 was to be spent or how that amount was arrived at were provided prior to the vote — just a handful of categories and assurances that it was necessary.
The governor’s office provided a breakdown of the appropriation this week in response to a Civil Beat request.
Laurel Johnston, Ige’s deputy chief of staff, said the bulk of it, $359,000, went toward paying out unused vacation time to staff in the previous administration.
The remainder included $12,000 in protocol funds to buy gifts and dinners for visiting dignitaries; over $100,000 in dues to the Western Governors Association and National Governors Association; and $52,000 to buy a 2005 Ford Expedition to chauffeur the governor and his security detail around in. The balance went for new Microsoft tablets for staff,
It’s 4 ‘o clock on a Friday. Pau hana, right?
Wrong. It’s time for Gov. David Ige to reveal his latest Cabinet appointment — right at that moment when no one is looking.
Since he started picking people in November to serve in his new administration, 11 were named on Fridays and another seven were disclosed on New Year’s Eve.
The timing raises the question of whether the governor’s office is trying to avoid public scrutiny by announcing these major decisions when people are paying less attention to the news.
His Friday appointees include the head of the Public Utilities Commission (Randy Iwase), Attorney General (Doug Chin), Department of Land and Natural Resources (Carleton Ching), Board of Agriculture (Scott Enright), Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (Jobie Masagatani), Department of Health (Dr. Ginny Pressler) and Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (Catherine Awakuni Colón), to name a few.
The Cabinet choices are huge. This is who will be running departments with budgets in the hundreds of millions of dollars, charged with providing myriad public services, enforcing state laws and working to fulfill an ever-growing list of responsibilities.
All of Ige’s appointments so far have been announced via news releases. No fanfare. No accompanying press conferences like his predecessor, Gov. Neil Abercrombie, was fond of holding. Just the
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