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Abercrombie, Kauai push against Niihau regulation

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:22 p.m. HST, Mar 25, 2014

<br /><br />Craig  T. Kojima / ckojima@staradvertiser.com<br />Bruce Robinson, whose ancestor bought Niihau in 1864, and his wife, Leiana, attended a hearing at the state Capitol on Wednesday.<br />

LIHUE » Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie and local government officials in Kauai are pushing for state lawmakers to avoid bills that would regulate coastal and marine resources near the island of Niihau.

The Garden Island newspaper reported Tuesday that Abercrombie told Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. that his administration won't take any affirmative action on the Niihau regulation proposals until state and local lawmakers collaborate and figure out how community members will be heard.

Carvalho wrote to Abercrombie saying he is concerned about proposals in the House and Senate to do things like establish no-fishing zones and regulate opihi harvesting.

Carvalho said the proposals were introduced "with no prior discussion with our county government officials or with others on Kauai who would be impacted."

"These issues involve the interests of many stakeholders and are worthy of a full and frank discussion among all," Carvalho said.

Abercrombie told Carvalho it appears most of the bills will be defeated anyway, although anything can happen before the end of session.

"Until that time, please know that I support reasonable fishing as an essential part of our state's overall need to provide for our own local food and minimize our reliance on imported food sources," Abercrombie wrote in a letter to the Kauai mayor.

The Kauai County Council this month asked legislators and state agencies to stop plans to regulate Niihau. One of the bills would have made Niihau its own county, separate from Kauai. Another granted fishing rights.

Niihau, nicknamed "The Forbidden Island," is about 18 miles southwest of Kauai. It has been privately owned since 1864.

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false wrote:
Geez…how would the Gov. know the bills would be defeated? wink-wink!
on March 25,2014 | 11:19AM
droid wrote:
One simple phone call each to the State Speaker of the House and the Senate President will tell him the answer. Please get a clue.
on March 25,2014 | 01:55PM
Grimbold wrote:
The free for all who have a net or spear has utterly ruined all near shore fisheries.
on March 25,2014 | 11:28AM
entrkn wrote:
Now they want to go over to Niihau and take all the marine life over there...? Duh.
on March 25,2014 | 02:36PM
kaupani wrote:
And that has nothing to do with this issue,.
on March 25,2014 | 10:49PM
Bdpapa wrote:
What a jerk! Giving up the last bastion of mostly pure Hawaiians living in the pld ways.
on March 25,2014 | 11:29AM
Mikilai wrote:
even if it is the purest hawaiians, they still keep their culture secret and doesnt allow anyone on the island. Why should we give them special treatment when they dont give us any. They do collect welfare though since they are after all american citizens with majority of them no income. Yes their island is sacred but we shouldn't have to create special laws to keep everyone else away from the island.
on March 25,2014 | 03:40PM
Bdpapa wrote:
The old rape and pillage mentality!
on March 25,2014 | 03:59PM
Warrior32 wrote:
Mikilai - Not one resident on Niihau has, or have ever had Federal or state assistance and/or welfare. You are wrong and uninformed.
on March 25,2014 | 11:41PM
Amo_makue wrote:
Its because of them keeping people off the island that the've been able to keep their shore and ocean around the island from becoming like the rest of the islands where we are overfished and wasteful.
on March 27,2014 | 05:11PM
Graham wrote:
Kauai against GMO and Superferry..now against Niihau protecting their natural resources...Hypocrisy???
on March 25,2014 | 12:09PM
Leinanij wrote:
It is time for Ni'ihau to secede from Hawai'i. They don't get anything for their taxes they pay - not fire, police, roads, water, sewer, and now no protection from those that take food from their children's mouths.
on March 25,2014 | 12:23PM
MakaniKai wrote:
on March 25,2014 | 01:00PM
droid wrote:
Ni‘ihau has been privately owned for 150 years. Did any of the Sinclairs or Robinsons ever recognize the annexation of Hawai‘i by the United States? Or did they continue to pledge allegiance to the Kingdom of Hawai‘i?

If so, technically, Ni‘ihau doesn’t need to secede from the state, because they never were part of it to begin with.
on March 25,2014 | 02:03PM
Fred01 wrote:
Wow. You are so smart. A real genius. I'm so glad there are so many really smart people like you in Hawaii, who really get it.
on March 25,2014 | 03:32PM
Mikilai wrote:
they don't pay taxes because majority of them claim no income. So they do get welfare benefits in return!!
on March 25,2014 | 03:37PM
SY808 wrote:
These are bad bills... They wanted to regulate everything from fishing, boating, kayaking, and even surfing, to state that only people from Niihau can do those activities within 2 miles of the shoreline. Can you imagine if we put into place regulations that state only people that live on Oahu can surf the waves 2 miles from Oahu shoreline!
on March 25,2014 | 02:20PM
Mikilai wrote:
on March 25,2014 | 03:38PM
Amo_makue wrote:
Stick to our own place and take care of it. The state of the ocean around Oahu is nothing like that on Niihau. Do you even know the families from there?
on March 27,2014 | 05:14PM
Shawn211 wrote:
Be careful Ellison might buy their island too. =(
on March 25,2014 | 04:22PM
samidunn wrote:
Yea - Don't give them anything, but make sure you get their tax's!
on March 25,2014 | 04:26PM
Amo_makue wrote:
He lapuwale ke kiaaina ame ka meia o Kauai moku....ina o oe kamaainaole i na ohana Niihau a aale oe he Niihau, ahe ou kuleana ma ia aina. Na lakou na ohana Niihau ke kuleana malama aina, malama kai.
on March 27,2014 | 05:19PM
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