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Administrative Rules Focus of ‘Aha Moku Advisory Committe Meetings

October 29, 2015, 11:32 AM HST
* Updated October 29, 11:38 AM
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A series of public meetings are slated for the month of November by the ‘Aha Moku Advisory Committee.

In 2012, AMAC was created through Act 288. The committee is connected to the Department of Land and Natural Resources and provides the department with the voices of ‘ahupua’a communities, in relation to natural and cultural resources.

“AMAC may advise the DLNR on issues related to land and natural resources management through the ‘Aha Moku system of best management practices. This system is based upon indigenous resource management practices within moku (island) boundaries,” said Leimana DaMate, AMAC executive director. “These boundaries acknowledge the natural contours of land, the specific resources located within those areas (‘ahupua‘a), and the methodology necessary to sustain resources and the community.”

On the Big Island, two meetings will be held.

The first meeting, held on Friday, Nov. 20 at the West Hawai’i Civic Center, will focus on the Kona and Kohala Moku. Another meeting will be held on Monday, Nov. 23 regarding the Hilo, Hamakua, Puna, and Ka’u Moku. The location for the Hilo meeting has yet to be determined.

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Both meetings will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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