DLNR holding Listening Session Friday

Residents on Molokai will have a chance to air their concerns on issues under the jurisdiction of the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) during a Listening Session.

The two-hour session begins at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, at the Mitchell Pau’ole Center in Kaunakakai. The meeting is scheduled to last until 6 p.m. and will offer an opportunity for people to voice their concerns about the DLNR’s new jurisdiction.

Department Chair, William J. Aila, Jr. will be in attendance along with his First Deputy Guy H. Kaulukukui, and Water Deputy Bill M. Tam from Honolulu.

The DLNR’s management responsibilities extend from the mountaintops to three miles seaward of Hawaii’s coasts — that includes 1.3 million acres of state land in Hawaii, as well as 3 million acres of state ocean waters.

The department also has jurisdiction over drinking water supplies, fisheries, coral reefs, indigenous and endangered flora and fauna, and all of the state’s historic and cultural sites.

Individuals who are unable to attend the meeting, but still want to comment, can do so by sending their comments, questions, or concerns to DLNR2011ListeningSessions@hawaii.gov.

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