HCR 98 To be heard on Thursday 3-20-14 at 9:35AM

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HCR 98 To be heard on Thursday 3-20-14 at 9:35AM

Post  Koa Boa on Tue Mar 18, 2014 9:25 am

Hawaii Concurrent Resolution


3/17/2014 H Resolution scheduled to be heard by AGR on Thursday, 03-20-14 9:35AM in conference room Auditorium.


REQUESTING THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, AND AGRIBUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION COLLABORATE TO CONTROL THE STATEWIDE PROLIFERATION OF FERAL PIGS.




    WHEREAS, feral pigs (Sus scrofa) were first brought to Hawaii by the early Polynesian voyagers; and

    WHEREAS, numerous descendants of those pigs are currently roaming the islands; and

    WHEREAS, small black pigs that weigh up to one hundred twenty-five pounds are believed to be of the same breed introduced by the early Polynesians and can be found on the island of Kauai; and

    WHEREAS, the later introduction of domestic pig breeds from throughout the world has produced mixed breeds of feral pigs that range in color from black through red and white and that weigh from two hundred to four hundred pounds; and

    WHEREAS, these mixed breeds have prospered on the islands of Hawaii, Kauai, Maui, Molokai, and Oahu; and

    WHEREAS, in the past, the sugar and pineapple plantations would control the population of feral pigs to prevent crop damage; and

    WHEREAS, with the closing of most plantations, land was left fallow and the population of feral pigs grew, as sows have gestation periods of approximately one hundred fifteen days and commonly bear litters of two to eight piglets; and

    WHEREAS, Hawaii is now faced with a growing feral pig population that destroys crops and livestock and damages parks and forest land throughout the State; and

    WHEREAS, private land owners can control pig populations by conducting hunts and eradication operations on their properties; and

    WHEREAS, hunts and eradication operations often divert feral pigs onto state lands, which now hold the largest pig populations; and

    WHEREAS, feral pigs also invade residential areas where they damage trees, gardens, and other property and threaten the health and safety of children and household pets; now, therefore,

    BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-seventh Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2014, the Senate concurring, that the Forestry and Wildlife and State Parks Divisions of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, the Department of Agriculture, and the Agribusiness Development Corporation are requested to collaborate to control the growing statewide population of feral pigs; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that not later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 2015, the respective agencies submit a combined report to the Legislature of each agency's respective actions in response to this measure; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Chairperson of the Board of Land and Natural Resources, the Chairperson of the Board of Agriculture, the Chairperson of the Agribusiness Development Corporation Board of Directors, and the Governor.
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Re: HCR 98 To be heard on Thursday 3-20-14 at 9:35AM

Post  KVB on Tue Mar 18, 2014 10:44 am

Howzit braddah Muns.

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-seventh Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2014, the Senate concurring, that the Forestry and Wildlife and State Parks Divisions of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, the Department of Agriculture, and the Agribusiness Development Corporation are requested to collaborate to control the growing statewide population of feral pigs; .............

Mahalo for the heads up on this. I was just wondering how do we as hunters fit in on this as no indication is shown that "we/hunters" are requested to collaborate to control statewide population of feral pigs.

I guess we should see if there might be funds set aside to see all of this through and maybe we can get in and offer our services for a fee, like how they paid hunters from New Zealand (Aotearoa) in the past to murder our pigs.

Am half way kidding and half way serious about it.

Hey, good seeing you yesterday (Monday) at the HB 1902 hearing.



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Post  Misadventure Gear on Wed Mar 19, 2014 8:33 pm

Here on Maui, one of the most heavily used public hunting areas is Polipoli/Kula Forest Reserve Unit C. Pig hunting is only allowed from Feb to June, weekends and Holidays only. On Monday, they closed the Forest until June 1 for road work. AGAIN! The Forest Reserve has been closed for all or most of 3 out of the last 5 pig seasons there, due to fires and storms. No wonder the population is growing. And I bet they will claim the hunters are ineffective at controling the pig population, and will want to eradicate. I asked the Maui DOFAW managers if they would expand or modify the season to give us more opportunities to hunt the pigs....All I got was a shoulder srug for a reply. Auwe!
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Re: HCR 98 To be heard on Thursday 3-20-14 at 9:35AM

Post  KVB on Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:54 pm

Mahalo for sharing that, MisAdventure Gear.  That's the problem with bureaucracies, I assume.  Top Heavy, like a dummy with a big head, skinny arms and bird legs trying to carry the weight of responsibility and finding itself with a steep mountain to climb with no crew to share in packing it out.  So, essentially they leave it to a shoulder shrug.  I hope that, as an example, we recognize how all of our concerns are related, connected in some way because we all have to deal with this larger umbrella of the State and its agency or departments such as the DLNR.  It's a complex thing from the outside looking in, and I can imagine how bad it really is from the inside looking out.  

I suspect that the larger problem lies in the economy of things, which we can hardly describe as being sustainable.  And its true.  That's why they want to have representatives from the tourist industry involved with our land use issues. How's that supposed to remedy the ineffectual, dysfunctional manner in which things are administered, maintained and presented to us, instead, in a way that is fair and just?  To this point, hardly any of that has been evidenced.  We end up as beneficiaries of a state running willy-nilly, still trying to take its head out of its okole, selling us short and cashing in at every given opportunity.  Thus we see partnerships with stakeholders whose sole interest is to profit somehow, that jockey for position where Federal funding comes into the federal feed trough.  I don't like throwing stones at sacred cows, but if a cow can't give us milk or meat, then why the hell keep sucking on its teats?


Eradication can be likened to burning the house down, and taking a sledge hammer to our refrigerator and rendering it useless.  How stupid can anyone be?
I know strong language can turn off potential allies who haven't mustered up the balls to stand in unison with the few who have taken it upon themselves, sometimes at risk of losing their jobs and their livelihoods, but we need to grow patience as much as we need to welcome new voices and new energy into our ranks to combat, if you will, the empire that seeks to rob us of every vestige of our rights to hunt and gather, including our fishermen 'ohana.

There are folks other than myself who have a better and clearer understanding of how all of these things play out.  Still, we can't wait until its all gone before we begin to act.  There has been commendable progress made through the efforts of a few hunters who have led the charge, building bridges and inroads into the political arena, coming up with facts and figures that show our demise when it comes to loss of hunting areas.

It's still a long road and now more than ever we need to contribute to the larger cause of demanding transparency and have real consultation with the real users of the mountains, besides the conservation/preservation entities that seek to overshadow our existence by marginalizing our cultural, spiritual and  genealogical connection to the 'aina.


Mahalo again for your input.  If possible, try to build a collective on Maui.  I know it takes time and its no easy task, but we need folks on all of the islands to stand up, show up when needed to, submit testimony and fight tooth and nail for what we love, which is hunting.

Aloha'z.


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Re: HCR 98 To be heard on Thursday 3-20-14 at 9:35AM

Post  KVB on Thu Mar 20, 2014 12:45 am

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HCR&billnumber=98&year=

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Re: HCR 98 To be heard on Thursday 3-20-14 at 9:35AM

Post  KVB on Thu Mar 20, 2014 2:51 am

Who is AGRIBUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION and what do they have to do with controlling pigs, and WHY???

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Post  KVB on Thu Mar 20, 2014 2:58 am

http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/chairpersons-office/agribusiness-development-corporation/

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