Bill Advances in Support of New Boat Ramp for Puna

February 5, 2019, 8:02 PM HST (Updated February 5, 2019, 8:02 PM)
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A state Senate committee advanced Senate Bill 472, on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in support of a new boat ramp for Puna.

The Puna boat ramp bill, SB 472, would provide $1 million to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources to study the feasibility and cost of constructing a new boat launch site.

That would replace the one at Isaac Hale Beach Park that was enclosed by a new black sand beach from the recent Kilauea eruption. It’s the only ramp in Puna.

Pohoiki on Sept. 18, 2018. PC: DLNR

The Senate Water and Land Committee, chaired by Hawai‘i State Sen. Kaiali’i Kahele, passed the bill unanimously.

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It was introduced by Sens. Russell Ruderman, Lorraine Inouye and Dru Mamo Kanuha.

The legislation will next be heard by the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

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