Public Notices

May 25, 2016


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

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  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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The Department of Agriculture anticipates the need for the following professional services for the State fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017), including, but not limited to:

  1. Architecture
  2. Civil Engineering
  3. Environmental Engineering
  4. Structural Engineering
  5. Mechanical Engineering
  6. Electrical Engineering
  7. Agricultural Engineering
  8. Hydrology
  9. Land Surveying
  10. Real Property Appraisal
  11. Construction Management

Individuals and firms interested in being considered for selection are invited to submit a DPW Form 120 or a Federal Standard Form 330 and a letter of interest together with the following information:

  1. Name of firm or individual, principal place of business, and location of all its offices;
  2. Age of the firm and its average number of employees over the past years;
  3. Education, training, and qualification of key members of the firm;
  4. Names and phone numbers of up to 5 clients who may be contacted, including two for whom services were rendered during the preceding year; and
  5. Any promotional or descriptive literature which the individual or firm desires to submit.

A list of projects or services provided to the Department and experience with agricultural type projects will be helpful for the Department to determine qualification of the applicant.  If you wish to be considered for multiple categories, submit only one letter of interest specifying all categories you are interested in.  The DPW Form 120 is available at:

All submittals should be received no later than 12:00 noon, June 23, 2016, c/o Agricultural Resource Management Division, 1428 South King Street, Honolulu, HI 96814-2512.  Submittals received after the deadline of June 23, 2016 will be considered “late.”  Qualified “late” applicants will be considered for projects for the balance of the fiscal year by the following schedule:

Date Received:                            Applicant Considered Starting:

June 24, 2016 to December 15, 2016        January 1, 2017

Campaign Contributions By State and County Contractors Prohibited: If awarded a contract in response to this solicitation, offeror agrees to comply with HRS 11-355, which states that campaign contributions are prohibited from a State and county government contractor during the term of the contract if the contractor is paid with funds appropriated by the legislative body between the execution of the contract through the completion of the project.

PNS:  May 23, 2016

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