Monthly Archives: March 2008

Land Use Bills


Recently, I have been dreaming about the land use bills I have been working on.  The dreams are very detailed on the language I am trying to use in regards to the important agricultural lands bills. 

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Fundraiser for Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu at Bishop Museum on April 3rd from 5:30 – 7:30 P.M.


Aloha,
 
I will be having a fundraiser for my fourth two-year term in the Hawaii State House of Representatives.  It has been an honor serving you in the House for the past six years.  The last five months have been challenging for me in my career as well in my personal life.  After stepping down from Vice Speaker of the House after my DUI incident, I was appointed by Speaker Calvin K.Y. Say for leadership positions as a Majority Whip and Vice Chairman of the Committee on Water, Land, Ocean Resources & Hawaiian Affairs.  I am really enjoying working on land use bills, especially the important agricultural lands bills.  I am also serving on the Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection and the Committee on Finance.
 
Make the most of life and have fun!  Thank you for all your support!  Below is the information on my fundraiser.
 
With Warmest Aloha,
Jon Riki Karamatsu
 
Fundraiser for Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu

Bishop Museum
Hawaiian Courtyard & Atrium Court
(Next to the Polynesian Hall)
1525 Bernice Street
Honolulu, Hawaii

Thursday, April 3, 2008

5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.

Suggested Donation $50
Checks payable to Friends of Jon Riki Karamatsu
P.O. Box 970146
Waipahu, Hawaii 96797

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Representative Jon Riki Karamatsu Lawmakers Listen Community Meeting


Representative Jon Riki Karamatsu Lawmakers Listen Community Meeting

Monday, March 24, 2008
Waipahu Intermediate School Cafeteria
94-455 Farrington  Highway
6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Representative Jon Riki Karamatsu and other lawmakers will be there to give a short presentation on the legislative session and for you to express your concerns on any issue.

If you have any questions, please call my office at (808) 586-8490.  I hope to see you there.

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Ninja World


I try my best to work with everyone as best as I can.  Policy debates are good because we are fighting on what we believe is best for Hawai'i.  I am just tired of opponents within our party and in the opposite party attacking at a personal level.  They pick on individuals and spin things in a way to make the person look bad.  They leak things to the media.  They try to get certain individuals out of office as best as they can.  Some politicians act all nice in public, but are mean to others in the political world.  Others are just waiting for you to be vulnerable.  You can try to be nice to others, and then they give it you.  You take the hits and move forward.  This all gets very tiring.  I know who my friends are in this political world.  A close colleague of mine always says, “It (politics) is a ninja world.”

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Written Remarks on H.B. 266 H.D. 2: Public trust; Conveyance of real property and cash to OHA ($)


Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu

Written Remarks

House Bill 266, House Draft 2

Public trust; Conveyance of real property and cash to OHA ($)

March 4, 2008

 

I rise in support.

 

The purpose of this bill is to most effectively and responsibly meet the State's constitutional obligations to native Hawaiians with regard to the benefits from the lands in the public trust referred to in Article XII, Sections 4 and 6, of the Hawaii Constitution (public trust lands).  Among other things, this bill:

 

1.         Conveys certain parcels of land in Kakaako Makai and Kalaeloa Makai on Oahu and on Hilo Banyan Drive on the island of Hawaii, and pays $13,189,860 to the    Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) for the period from November 7, 1978, to July 1, 2008, as a result of a re-examination of the State's constitutional obligation to native Hawaiians;

2.         Establishes a method for determining for each fiscal biennium, beginning in fiscal biennium 2009-2011, the amount of income and proceeds that OHA is to receive from the public trust lands;

3.         Finds that the amount of income and proceeds OHA is to receive from the public trust lands for fiscal year 2008-2009 is $15,100,000 and mandating the disbursement of the sum to OHA;

4.         Authorizes the chairperson of OHA to appoint an additional member to the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA); and

5.         Exempts the Kakaako Makai lands conveyed to OHA from certain powers that HCDA has over those lands.

 

Thank you.

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Written Remarks on H.B. 2429 H.D.2: University of Hawaii Stadium Corporation


Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu

Written Remarks

House Bill 2429, House Draft 2

Creates the University of Hawaii Stadium Corporation and transfers the duties of maintenance, operation, management, and improvement of Aloha Stadium from the Stadium Authority to the Stadium Corporation.

March 4, 2008

 

I rise in support.

 

            The legislature finds that Aloha stadium is a public asset with major structural deficiencies yet untapped potential.  The legislature further finds that transferring jurisdiction over Aloha stadium to a public body with corporate powers is in the public interest.  The legislature believes that such a corporation would be better able to maximize the use and, consequently, income of Aloha stadium and generate support for the capital improvement of Aloha stadium to substantially extend its useful life.  The legislature also believes that placing Aloha stadium under a corporation may result in the generation of net income transferable to the University of Hawaii's intercollegiate athletics program.

 

            The purpose of this Act is to create the University of Hawaii stadium corporation and transfer jurisdiction over Aloha stadium to the corporation.  The primary duty of the stadium corporation is to operate, maintain, manage, and improve Aloha stadium with the University of Hawaii as the major tenant.  The secondary duty is to generate net income from Aloha stadium that may be transferred to the intercollegiate athletics program of the University of Hawaii.  The stadium corporation will be headed by a board of directors consisting of 11 members:  the University of Hawaii president, five members appointed by the university board of regents, and five other members appointed by the governor, subject to the confirmation of the senate.  All board members must have experience in business, marketing, accounting, economics, engineering, architecture, or sports administration.  This bill also provides the stadium corporation with a certain degree of autonomy and flexibility to perform its duties.

 

Thank you.

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Written remarks on H.B. 2323 H.D.2: Resort Beach Restoration ($)


Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu

Written Remarks

House Bill 2323, House Draft 2

Resort Beach Restoration ($)

March 4, 2008

 

I rise in support.

 

            This bill would establish within the beach restoration special fund a sub-account to be known as the resort beach restoration fund to be administered by the Department of Land and Natural Resources (department), into which shall be deposited general funds appropriated by the legislature and revenues from the tourism special fund, which receives moneys from the transient accommodations tax prescribed by section 237D-6.5(b)(2)(C) of the Hawaii Revised Statutes provided that:

1.         No funds shall be released for expenditure from the resort beach restoration fund unless matched by non-state funds on at least a one-to-one basis; and

2.         No funds shall be released for expenditure from the resort beach restoration fund unless at least fifty per cent of the funds released are funds transferred from the tourism special fund pursuant to section 237D-6.5(b)(2)(C).

 

            Moneys in the resort beach restoration fund shall be used to provide for the development and restoration of visitor area resort beaches, including maintenance of any improvements placed on the visitor area resort beach or in the nearshore waters, as determined by the department, including debt service on any capital expenditures projects and the contracting for services for those purposes.

 

            The resort beach restoration fund is a creative way to get matching funds from the private sector that have a vested interest in restoring beaches fronting or near their resort hotels or tourist destinations.  Importantly, the residents of the State of Hawai'i will also get to enjoy restored beaches with their family and friends.

 

Thank you.

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