We urge government to reconsider their denial of legislative Senate Bill 248 which would have required government agencies that engage in search-and-rescue operations to seek reimbursement when the rescued person “acted in disregard of that person’s safety, including intentionally disregarding a warning or notice.” It also would have increased the penalty for unlawfully entering or remaining on a trail that has been closed to the public.
It is our belief, that the failure to pass Senate Bill 248 has left Hawaii open for frivolous lawsuits, unwarranted scrutiny, and financial burden, while leaving it possible for those needing rescue to profit from donations of the people. Further, as seen with the Amanda Eller “findamanda” rescue mission (part 1), failure to establish personal responsibility, placed the people of Hawaii at risk for physical harm when responding for rescue efforts.
It is our belief that said proposed Bill, introduced by Maui Sens. Rosalyn Baker, Gilbert Keith-Agaran, along with other Hawaii lawmakers, and failed to pass for the people in February 2019, would encourage and justify exhaustive search-and-rescue efforts, while protecting the people from possible fraudulent donation drives, and again, frivolous lawsuits against counties and state by those needing rescue due to their own negligence.
DLNR (Department of Land and Natural Resources) has been added as a recipient to this petition. Many signing the petition have spoke out AGAINST the addition of cameras to our parks and sacred land. Majority, if not all, of the people signing this petition REJECT the Eller family’s proposal of “phase2 ‘findamanda’ “. The intentions of the Eller family should be held with high caution as timing and circumstances beg scrutiny.
IF the addition of cameras were permitted, it should be subject to proper approvals and bidding processes as with any State contract for services. Such a contract should assure it does not violate any established rights of the Hawaiian people to practice their traditions or intrude on land that should not be trespassed on regardless. There should also be assurance that this land would not be subject to squatters laws.