Aha Kiole identifies and responds to local issues concerning cruise ship visits

The Safari Explorer at Kaunakakai Harbor surrounded by Coast Guard security Jan. 21. To ensure that these types of extreme security measures are not needed again, Aha Kiole is working with the Molokai community and state authorities to allow limited and controlled cruise ship visits.

Community findings revisited: Part 2

Aha Kiole o Molokai News Release

Regarding regulation of authenticity and legitimacy of cultural vendors, there may be a protocol offered by island expert practitioners and sponsored by a Hawaiian group, such as the Aha Kiole, that offers a certification program. It’s up for community discussion. Aha Kiole input: the Molokai Visitors Association might take a part.

There had been concerns about rubbish dumping by vessels on Molokai. We have handled that situation in regard to American Safari Cruises, as they dump their rubbish in Lahaina.

As suggested, the state can encourage work in the fishponds and lo’i. Regarding no overnight stays on the North Shore, the DLNR can work on rule-making in that area. If land is in conservation, both private and public, no commercial activity is allowed.

Survey results suggested visitors attend a special orientation on Molokai and its culture, with input from each moku. Although we cannot mandate that cruise passengers watch a video, we can highly encourage all visitors to take advantage of a video, similar to the Papahanaumokuakea orientation video, explaining the Molokai experience and why it is special. DLNR can ask the Hawaii Tourism Authority to provide funds to produce such a video.

Regarding the rotational use of existing vendors, such as vans and tours, to ensure sharing of wealth on Molokai, DLNR cannot require it by law; it may be a matter of contract law. Aha Kiole input: There can be some collaboration with the Molokai business community.

Requiring all tours and activities to be escorted by local escorts raises similar contract law issues as above. Perhaps the Molokai Chamber of Commerce could be involved in certification.

Survey results suggested requiring the use of existing hotels and B&Bs for overnight stays, rather than passengers sleeping on the ship. The cruise ship owner will probably not agree to this provision because it is part of the package deal they advertise to passengers and they have an expectation of staying on the ship and having their food needs provided for. Aha Kiole input: Considering the need for on-island commerce in support of our hotels and eateries, this could be brought to our business community for discussion.

Regarding the suggestion that community process must include free and informed community participation and consent and meetings must be held in each affected moku, DLNR consults with the Aha Kiole as well as other Hawaiian groups, such as the Hawaiian Civic Clubs and OHA. Molokai is progressively ahead of the other Aha Moku island councils (re: consulting with the community), and while DLNR supports a protocol, we need to look at the legislative act that passed, the statutory law that indicates how the Aha Kiole/Aha Moku Council interfaces with the DLNR.


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