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Conservation Easement Statutes
Conservation easements in the state are authorized by Hawaii Revised Statutes §198-1 et seq.

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Military Installations Enhancement Act of 2013
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House Bill 2410 (2012)
Requires the Governor to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the military intended to solidify the cooperative relationship between Hawaii and DoD. The bill expresses support for continued military (-related) job creation, construction, procurement and other spending and investment. The MOU provision is intended to address 10 major areas of collaboration between Hawaii and the DoD:

1. Retaining or expanding military bases, including 
research, development, testing and evaluation, and 
training areas in the state; 

2. Limiting the development of areas adjacent to military 
bases and training areas to ensure land uses that 
are compatible with base activities and that sustain 
military readiness;

3. Facilitating affordable housing located near military 
bases for military personnel and their families;

4. Offering recreational programs, facilities, and 
promotions for military personnel and their families;

5. Identifying civil obligations that may be postponed to 
accommodate deployed military personnel;

6. Supporting families dealing with military deployments;

7. Providing workforce training opportunities for 
military personnel to advance their careers and 
pursue education;

8. Exploring the feasibility of granting credit for military 
training toward civilian credentialing and licensing for 
certain trades;

9. Encouraging the hiring of military spouses; and

10. Promoting awareness, education, and appreciation for 
military operations in the state.

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Hawaii Senate Bill 2402 (2011)
Implemented the recommendations of a temporary advisory committee established in 2009 to develop a statewide “starlight reserve strategy” to preserve the quality of the night sky. The 2012 law establishes detailed standards for outdoor lighting, including a requirement that all new outdoor light fixtures emitting a certain amount of lumens be fully shielded. 

Hawaii House Bill 895 (2005)
Another Hawaii statute intends to protect avian and marine life from adverse effects of coastal light pollution by prohibiting lights from being positioned in a way that directly illuminates the shoreline and ocean waters 

Ceded Lands
The Ceded Lands Act (Act 176 of 2009) requires two-thirds majority vote of the legislature to adopt a concurrent resolution to sell or give away certain public lands for private land.

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Light Pollution/Dark Night Skies 
The Starlight Reserve Act (Act 161 of 2009) required the Department Of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism, assisted by a temporary advisory committee (the Starlight Reserve Committee), to develop a statewide starlight reserve strategy to preserve the quality of the night sky and its associated cultural, scientific, astronomical, natural, and landscape-related values. In 2013, the termination date of the Committee was extended until 6/30/2015. 

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Real Estate Disclosure Requirements
HRS § 508D-15 outlines the mandatory seller disclosures in real estate transactions, which includes a requirement for disclosure: “When residential real property lies: within the boundaries of the Air Installation Compatibility Use Zone of any Air Force, Army, Navy, or Marine Corps airport as officially designated by military authorities.”

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Noise Pollution 
HAR § 11-46, “Community Noise Control” defines the maximum permissible sound levels, and provides for the prevention, control, and abatement of noise pollution in the from the following excessive noise sources: stationary noise sources; and equipment related to agricultural, construction, and industrial activities.

HRS § 342F-3 allows the Director of Health to make, amend, and repeal state rules controlling and prohibiting noise pollution.

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Land Use Commission
The Land Use Commission adopts rules guiding its conduct, maintains a record of its activities and accomplishments, and makes recommendations to the Governor and to the Legislature through the Governor regarding districting and classification of lands including agricultural lands.

Mr. Daniel Orodenker, Executive Officer
Land Use Commission
Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism
(808) 587-3822
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U.S. Army Garrison- Hawaii Natural Resource Program
The USAG-HI Natural Resource Program (NRP) oversees compliance with the Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (FWCA), Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), and the Sikes Act. The goal of the program is to effectively balance the requirements of the Army's training mission with it's natural resource responsibilities.

Administrative, Environmental Division: (808) 656-2878
Sustainable Environmental Management System: (808) 656-3103
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Forest Legacy Program
The Hawaii Forest Legacy program identifies important private forest lands that are threatened by development or fragmentation and provides interested landowners alternatives to selling their land and/or paying increasing land taxes by acquiring conservation easements to willing landowners.

Ms. Irene Sprecher, Program Manager
Hawai'i Forest Legacy Program
(808) 587-0167 

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Legacy and Land Conservation Fund
The Land Conservation Fund was established by Act 156 of 2005 (Hawaii Revised Statutes §173A-5). The Legacy Land Conservation program provides funding from the Land Conservation Fund for the acquisition of lands, including easements, for: 

•  Watershed protection 
•  Coastal areas, beaches, and ocean access 
•  Parks
•  Natural areas 
•  Habitat protection 
•  Agricultural production 
•  Cultural and historical sites 
•  Open spaces and scenic resources 
•  Recreational and public hunting areas 

Ms. Molly Schmidt, Legacy Land Conservation Program Coordinator 
Department of Land and Natural Resources
(808) 586-0921

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Hawaiian Islands Land Trust
Founded in 2011, the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT) is a non-profit organization committed to working with private landowners, community groups, community leaders and government partners to protect Hawaii’s precious lands. Using a variety of tools, the Organization helps landowners integrate conservation into their land use plans in perpetuity.

Edward “Ted” Clement Jr., Esq.
Executive Director 
Hawaiian Islands Land Trust
P.O. Box 965
2371 W. Vineyard St.
Wailuku, HI 96793
Phone: (808) 244-LAND (5263)
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Hawaii Natural Areas Partnership
The Natural Area Partnership Program (NAPP) was established in 1991 by the state Legislature and the Governor authorizing the Department of Land & Natural Resources (DLNR) to “provide state funds for the management of private lands that are dedicated to conservation.”

Executive Secretary
Natural Area Reserves System Commission
1151 Punchbowl St. Room 325
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 587-0063
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Watershed Partnerships Program
Cooperative projects that benefit on-the-ground activities protecting land for watershed conservation and implementing existing management plans negotiated under the Partnerships. To be eligible, a Landowner must inter into a MOU or agreement adopting the existing management plan scope.

Lisa Ferentinos, Planner
(Tel) 808-587-0166
(Fax) 808-587-0160

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Conservation Innovation Grants Program
Stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection. Eligible lands include State or local units of government, Federally-recognized Tribes, non-governmental organizations, and individuals.

Jessica (Newpher) McArthur
Resource Specialist
Phone: (808) 541-2600 x 132

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Safe Harbor Agreements (SHA) and Habitat Conservation Plans
The Safe Harbor program encourages proactive natural resource management to benefit endangered and threatened species by providing regulatory assurances that future property-use restrictions will not be imposed if those efforts attract endangered or threatened species to their enrolled property or result in increased numbers or distributions of listed species already present.

Bill Standley
Department of Land and Natural Resources-Division of Forestry and Wildlife
(808) 587-4171
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O’ahu Conservation Partnership
The O’ahu Conservation Partnership is a consortium of agencies and conservation groups seeking to protect and restore natural and open spaces. About 25 percent of O’ahu’s land is dedicated to military facilities and training. As development spreads toward military installations, land use conflicts increase. To meet this challenge, the Services have been working closely with private and public partners to identify land outside these facilities that can be protected, providing a buffer for important training activities and conserving lands vital to threatened and endangered species.

Chief, Environmental Division
U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii
808-656-2878 x 1050

Mr. Joshua Stanbro
Senior Project Associate
The Trust for Public Land, Hawaii Field Office

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The Hawaii Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Department
The Hawaii Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Department establishes and maintains "strong bonds between Hawaii's military, business, and civilian communities." 

Mr. Charlie Ota, Vice President for Military Affairs 
The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii
(808) 545-4300 ext. 320

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State Contact Information

Military Liaison POC
Lieutenant Lt. Col. Charles Anthony
Public Affairs Officer
2177 Puowaina Drive
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813-1729 
(808) 733-4258
(808) 733-4236 fax

Adjutant General and Director of Civil Defense
Major General Darryll D. Wong, Adjutant General
Hawaii Department of Defense
3949 Diamond Head Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96816-4495
(808) 733-4246
(808) 733-4499 fax

Deputy Adjutant General
Brigadier General Joseph K. Kim
Hawaii Department of Defense
3949 Diamond Head Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96816-4495
(808) 733-4244

Legislative Process Regarding Military POCs
The Senate Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs and the House Committee on Economic Revitalization, Business & Military Affairs share primary jurisdiction over military affairs issues.  When issues arise, the committee contacts either the Adjutant General or the base commanders directly.  

Committees of Primary Jurisdiction/Legislative Contact
Senate Committee on Public Safety, Government Operations and Military Affairs
Senator Will Espero, Chair
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 207
415 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, Hawaii  96813
(808) 586-6360
(808) 586-6361 fax

House Committee on Veterans, Military, & International Affairs, & Culture and the Arts
Representative Mark Takai, Chair
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 426
415 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
(808) 586-8455