Public Notices

May 25, 2016

PROPOSED ADMINISTRATIVE RULES RELATING TO HAWAII-GROWN CACAO AND HAWAIIAN CHOCOLATE PRODUCTS

To view the proposed rule changes, click here.

Notice is hereby given that the Department of Agriculture, pursuant to Chapter 91 and Section 486-7, Hawaii Revised Statutes will hold public hearings as follows:

July 1, 2016                9:30 a.m.
Quality Assurance Division Conference Room
1851 Auiki Street
Honolulu, HI 96819

July 5, 2016                9:30 a.m.
West Hawaii Civic Center
74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii  96740

July 6, 2016                9:30 a.m.
Department of Agriculture Conference Room
16E Lanikaula Street
Hilo, HI 96720

July 7, 2016                9:30 a.m.
Department of Agriculture Conference Room
635 Mua Street
Kahului, HI  96732

July 8, 2016                9:30 a.m.
Department of Agriculture Conference Room
4398A Pua Loke Street
Lihue, HI 96766

The purpose of the public hearings is to receive testimony related to proposed rules to Title 4, Subtitle 7, Chapter 138, entitled “Hawaii-Grown Cacao and Hawaiian Chocolate Products”.  The proposed rules are summarized below:

Establishes definitions for Hawaii cacao, Hawaii cacao products, Hawaii chocolate, Hawaii cacao blend chocolate, and geographic area designations.

  1. Specifies labeling requirements for Hawaii cacao, Hawaii chocolate and Hawaii cacao blend chocolate.
  2. Establishes recordkeeping and inspection requirements.
  3. Establishes penalty provisions

The proposed rules are available for review in person at the following Department of Agriculture offices during normal business hours of 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday from June 20 to June 24, 2016:

Honolulu         1851 Auiki Street, Honolulu, HI  96819        Phone – 832-0690
Hilo                 75 Aupuni Street, Hilo, HI  96720                 Phone – 974-6500
Kona               82-6130 Mamalahoa Highway
Captain Cook, HI  96704                                Phone – 323-7590
Maui               635 Mua Street, Kahului, HI 96732              Phone – 873-3555
Kauai              4398A Pua Loke Street, Lihue, HI 96766     Phone – 274-3069

Copies of the proposed amendments may also be obtained at the above offices by paying a fee charge for photocopying or sent by mail upon receipt of a fee charge for photocopying and postage.  Copies may also be reviewed or downloaded at the Department of Agriculture website at http://www.hdoa.hawaii.gov/meetings-reports/.

All interested persons may attend the public hearing and submit comments orally or in writing.  Those persons desiring to submit written testimony may do so via postal mail to the Quality Assurance Division c/o Department of Agriculture at 1428 S. King Street, Honolulu, HI 96814, or via FAX at (808) 832-0683 or via email at HDOA.QAD@hawaii.gov.  Please include the word “testimony” and the subject matter when submitting testimony by e-mail.  Those persons desiring to present oral testimony at the public hearing are asked to register prior to the convening of the hearing with staff.  If possible, submit 5 written copies of the testimony to staff prior to the meeting.  Written testimony received up to 5 calendar days after the close of the public hearing will be accepted.

Persons requiring special accommodations at the hearing may call the Department of Agriculture office at (808) 832-0690 at least 5 working days prior to the hearing.

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December 9, 2015

PUBLIC NOTICE OF NEGOTIATION FOR LEASE OF VARIOUS NON-AGRICULTURAL PARK LANDS

ISLANDS OF OAHU, HAWAII, AND KAUAI

The Department of Agriculture (“DOA”) is accepting applications to negotiate for agricultural leases.  Applications and information regarding the lease dispositions are available at the DOA’s Agricultural Resource Management Division, 1428 S. King Street, Honolulu and 16 E. Lanikaula Street, Hilo, or by calling the following toll free numbers from:  Kauai, 274-3141, ext. 39473; Maui, 984-2400, ext. 39473; Molokai and Lanai, 1‑800-468-4644 ext. 39473; or on Oahu, 973-9473, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays.  Information is also available on Department of Agriculture’s website at http://hawaii.gov/hdoa.

Application forms shall be filed with the Agricultural Resource Management Division (“ARMD”) at 1428 S. King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814 no later than 3:00 p.m., January 11, 2016.  The DOA will review all applications, verify applicant qualifications and determine those qualified.  All applicants shall be notified in writing of the result of the application review.  Any questions or inquiries should be directed to the toll free number(s) above.

Eligibility of Applicants

  1. Any person shall be eligible to apply if they are a U.S. citizen, who has resided in the State for 3 years; or
  2. Is a permanent status alien who has resided in the State for 5 years; and
  3. Is a bona fide farmer or new farmer as defined in §4-158-1, Definitions, Hawaii Administrative Rules (“HAR”).
  4. In the case of agricultural cooperatives, associations, partnerships, corporations and limited liability companies, the residence requirement must be met by 75% of the associates, partners, stockholders, officers, directors, and members, as applicable, who are bona fide farmers, new farmers, or qualified aquaculturalists.
  5. No person shall be eligible to lease agricultural lands who, during the 5 years preceding the date of this notice, has had a previous sale, lease, license, permit, or easement covering public lands canceled for failure to satisfy its terms and conditions, or who is in arrears in the payment of taxes or other obligations to the State or any of its counties.
  6. All persons interested in applying for the available farm lot(s), shall comply with §4-158-27, HAR, Application requirements and be subject to §4-158-28, HAR, Preference right.

Submission of Proposal

Upon notification by DOA that an applicant is qualified, a proposal for lease shall be submitted within 30 days after receipt of notification.  The Board of Agriculture (“BOA”) shall review all proposals received and shall accept the proposals with the best negotiated terms.  All applicants shall be contacted by the ARMD regarding the disposition of their proposals, of which the successful proposal shall be subject to the satisfactory completion of the conditions stated in §4-158-20, HAR, Additional terms and conditions.  The awardee shall be required to attend and successfully complete a half-day workshop covering topics including conservation planning, review of the lease contract, and other related matters, attain cooperative status with the respective Soil and Water Conservation District, submit a Conservation Plan (“CP”) approved by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service or its designated representative, and prepare a Plan of Utilization and Development (“PUD”) for the lot according to criteria established by the DOA and submit the CP and PUD for review and approval.  Further, the awardee (qualified applicant) who successfully completes all the requirements for lease shall pay the costs incurred in the administration of the lease disposition, pursuant to §4-158-3 Fees and charges, HAR, which may include negotiation, appraisal, notices, publications, and closing costs.

A Right-of-Entry shall be issued to the awardee enabling access for the limited purpose of meeting the above conditions.  Upon successful completion of the conditions, the lease will be executed and issued; until then, the awardee shall have no interest in any of the subject lot(s).

In the event the above conditions are not satisfactorily met within 6 months after proposal is accepted, the award shall be rescinded.

Summary of Significant Lease Provisions

  1. Uses will be permitted as shown on the list of parcel(s).
  2. Lessee will be required to support the operations and maintenance costs of the irrigation project, as applicable. Lessee shall become a participant in an irrigation project as may be created under Chapter 167, Hawaii Revised Statutes, and abide by the irrigation project’s rules, rates and charges.
  3. No residential dwellings allowed, except as approved by the BOA.
  4. Transfer, assignment or sublease of an agricultural land lease shall be only to persons or entities which satisfy qualification requirements and §4-158-19, HAR, Lease restrictions; generally.
  5. For the purposes of this disposition, no lease shall be transferred, assigned or subleased for the first five (5) years of the initial lease term.

Description of Land(s)

The lot(s) have access only to paved roads; irrigation water and/or potable water service, telephone, electricity and other utilities shall be the responsibility of the awardee.  The lot(s) will require clearing and grading before any agricultural activity can commence and will be leased on an “as is” basis.  It is the awardee’s responsibility to inspect and develop the lot in accordance with applicable county regulations and lease provisions.

Parcels to be disposed of include:

ITEM I HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN

ITEM I:

LOCATION:  Waimanalo Agricultural Lands, Koolaupoko, Waimanalo, Island of Oahu; 1st Div. (Oahu) 4-1-010:046; AREA:  5.137 gross acres; TERM:  35 years; UPSET MINIMUM ANNUAL RENTAL:  $7,605.00 per annum; payable semi-annually, in advance; or ADDITIONAL RENTAL:  1½% of gross proceeds, whichever is greater; RENT REOPENING:  To be determined; USE:  Diversified agriculture only.

ITEM II:

LOCATION:  Makena Homesteads, Puna, Island of Hawaii; 3rd Div. (Hawaii) 1-2-006:015 & 016; AREA:  440.560 gross acres; TERM:  35 years; UPSET MINIMUM ANNUAL RENTAL:  $6,850.00 per annum; payable semi-annually, in advance; or ADDITIONAL RENTAL:  1½% of gross proceeds, whichever is greater; RENT REOPENING:  To be determined; USE:  Diversified agriculture only.

ITEM III:

LOCATION:  Volcano, Puna, Island of Hawaii; 3rd Div. (Hawaii) 1-9-001:018; AREA:  29.880 gross acres; TERM:  35 years; UPSET RENTAL:  $1,980.00; payable semi-annually, in advance; or ADDITIONAL RENTAL:  1½% of gross proceeds, whichever is greater; RENT REOPENING:  To be determined; USE:  Diversified agriculture only; SPECIAL FEATURE:  Subject parcel contains a single family dwelling, approximately 1,424 square feet living area, 3 bedrooms, 1½ bath.

ITEM IV:

LOCATION:  Waialeale to Hanapai, Hamakua, Island of Hawaii; 3rd Div. (Hawaii) 4-7-004:009; AREA: 35.50 gross acres; TERM: 35 years; UPSET RENTAL: $8,025.00; payable semi-annually, in advance; or ADDITIONAL RENTAL: 1½% of gross proceeds, whichever is greater; RENT REOPENING: To be determined; USE: Diversified agriculture only.

ITEM V:

LOCATION: Hawi, North Kohala, Island of Hawaii; 3rd Div. (Hawaii) 5-5-007:005; AREA: 40.570 gross acres; TERM: 35 years; UPSET MINIMUM RENTAL: $4,350.00; payable semi-annually, in advance; or ADDITIONAL RENTAL: 1½% of gross proceeds, whichever is greater; RENT REOPENING:  To be determined; USE: Diversified agriculture only; SPECIAL FEATURE: Subject parcel contains a portion of a reservoir, regulated by the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Engineering Division, Dam Safety Branch.  Adjacent landowner responsible for balance of reservoir; annual registration and inspection fees required.

ITEM VI:

LOCATION: Kawaihau. Kapaa, Island of Kauai; 4th Div. (Kauai) 4-3-004:009; AREA: 25.710 gross acres; TERM: 35 years; UPSET MINIMUM RENTAL: $4,990.00; payable semi-annually, in advance; or ADDITIONAL RENTAL: 1½% of gross proceeds, whichever is greater; RENT REOPENING:  To be determined; USE: Diversified agriculture only.

 

The BOA has approved the acceptance of up to five (5) “back-up” proposals in the event the initial awardee fails to complete the leasing process.

The draft lease document describing the terms and conditions, property map, lot descriptions, and Chapter 4-158, HAR, may be examined at the District offices, below:

1428 S. King Street, Honolulu, HI  96814-2512                    Tel. 973-9473

16E Lanikaula Street, Hilo, HI  96720-4302                          Tel. 974-4147

The disposition of lease(s) may be canceled, postponed or continued from time to time, as may be deemed necessary, by publication of notice to that effect by order of the Chairperson of the BOA.

Scott E. Enright, Chairperson

Board of Agriculture

December 9, 2015

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July 10, 2015

Public hearings have been scheduled for proposed rule changes to chapter 4-29, Hawaii Administrative Rules, entitled “Dogs, Cats, and Other Carnivores.”

To view the proposed rule changes, click here.

The schedule of public hearings on the proposed rules is as follows:

  • August 10, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
    Department of Agriculture Conference Room
    4398A Pua Loke Street, Lihue, Kauai
  • August 11, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.|
    Department of Agriculture, Plant Quarantine Conference Room
    1849 Auiki Street, Honolulu, Oahu
  • August 12, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
    Department of Agriculture Conference Room
    635 Mua Street, Kahului, Maui
  • August 13, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
    Kona Civic Center Conference Room
    82-6130 Mamalahoa Hwy., Bldg. 2
    Capt. Cook, Hawaii
  • August 14, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
    State Office Building, Conference Room C
    75 Aupuni Street, Hilo, Hawaii

All interested parties are urged to attend the hearings and submit comments or testimony orally or in writing.  Copies of the proposed rules may be reviewed by accessing the Department’s website (click here) or in person during normal business hours at the following Department of Agriculture offices:

Oahu 

99‑941 Halawa Valley Street, Aiea, HI  96701  (Phone ‑‑ 483‑7100)

99‑951 Halawa Valley Street, Aiea, HI  96701 (Phone ‑‑ 483‑7151)

1428 South King Street, Honolulu, HI  96814 (Phone ‑‑ 483‑7100)

Kauai  – 4398A Pua Loke Street, Lihue, HI  96766  (Phone – 241-7138)

Maui  – 635 Mua Street, Kahului, HI  96732 (Phone – 873-3555)

Hawaii

Hilo – 75 Aupuni Street, Hilo, HI  96720 (Phone ‑‑ 974‑6500)

Kona – Civic Center, Rm. 3, 82-6130 Mamalahoa Hwy., Capt Cook, HI 96704
(Phone – 974-6500)

Copies of the proposed rules may also be obtained at the above offices by paying a fee for photocopying or may be sent by mail upon receipt of a fee for photocopying and postage.

The Department of Agriculture will also accept written testimony until August 21, 2015 at the Department of Agriculture, 1428 South King St., Honolulu, HI 96814‑2512 or via e-mail to HDOAAI@HAWAII.GOV

Special accommodations, such as sign language interpretation, large printing, taped materials, and accessible parking, can be provided if requested in advance.  This request may be made in writing to one of the addresses listed above or by calling (808) 483-7103.