DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
PETER T. YOUNG, CHAIRPERSON
Phone: (808) 587-0401
Fax: (808) 587-0390
For Immediate Release:
DLNR To Host Harbor Advisory Group Meeting
HONOLULU - The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) will host the next of a series of Ala Wai Harbor Advisory Group meetings, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., on Wednesday, January 17. The meeting will take place in the Hilton Hawaiian Village hotel, Tapa Ballroom (on the second floor of the Tapa Tower Meeting place).
"The purpose of this meeting is to seek public input from our Advisory Group and the general public regarding parking plans for the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor," said Peter Young, DLNR Chairperson. "We will only be working on parking solutions during this meeting. All concerned citizens are invited to participate."
At the meeting, DOBOR will invite suggestions from the public for management options to resolve parking issues at Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor:
"Our goal is to come to a consensus on a parking plan for Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor as soon as possible."
"We fully expect the final plan, whatever it looks like, to be a blending of everybody's input. It should be practical and addresses all the various needs and issues."
"If more time is required, we will schedule additional meetings, one in February and another in March to resolve this particular issue," said Young.
Participant parking is available at the Ala Wai harbor or any of the hotels in the area. Hilton Hawaiian Village has been very generous in providing the meeting place at no cost.
In recent months, DOBOR has been inviting the public to join advisory groups to provide input on managing Ocean Recreation Management Areas (ORMAs) and State harbors across the state. The public may sign up as a volunteer at: http://www.hawaii.gov/dlnr/index-orma.html
DOBOR operates and manages 21 harbors, 50 ramps, 2,122 moorings and berths and 19 piers across the state. The division works in close partnership with DLNR's Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) and the U.S. Coast Guard to make near shore waters safe.
The division is also responsible for registering all vessels in Hawaii which are not documented by the U.S. Coast Guard, and for regulating and permitting surf meets, canoe and yachting regattas, ocean swimming events and other ocean events with the concurrence of the U.S. Coast Guard.
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