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Oppose SB609 Removing Protect Kaho'olawe 'Ohana from Kaho'olawe Island Reserve Commission

Respectfully request that the Hawaii State Senate NOT pass SB 609 to remove the Protect Kaho'olawe 'Ohana ('Ohana) from the Kaho'olawe Island Reserve Commission (KIRC)

The ‘Ohana worked tirelessly to stop the bombing of Kaho'olawe from 1976 to 1990 and with federal, state and county agencies for the clean up of unexploded ordnance from the island and to restore the island as a cultural reserve. The ‘Ohana is the one entity that has participated in every stage to get the island of Kaho‘olawe to where it is today.  The ʻOhana's role on KIRC is to ensure that the island and its surrounding waters are managed as a cultural reserve where all of Hawaiʻiʻs people can learn about and experience Native Hawaiian culture. Eliminating the 'Ohana from the KIRC would sever the commission from its grassroots origins, connection with the primary constituents of the island, its spiritual purpose, as well as the institutional memory relative to its rules and regulations and operations. It is, therefore, not only pono, but absolutely appropriate to have significant representation on the advisory board.  It is the body of people that best knows the multifacets of the island.

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