“With this significant investment of public funds, this project will help the Department of Water Supply, the County of Hawai‘i, and the State of Hawai‘i achieve their mutual goal of a more sustainable and resilient future,” said Rep. David Tarnas (House District 7 – North Kona, North Kohala, South Kohala), in a news release announcing the Thursday, March 10 allocation. “I am grateful to be at the legislature to work with Sen. Lorraine Inouye to secure these funds.”
“We recognize the paramount importance of Mauna Kea and the very serious responsibility we have to manage this public trust resource, and we acknowledge the very strong opinions on all sides of this issue,” Tarnas said. “The House is seeking a path forward that provides a substantive role for Native Hawaiians in decision-making about the management of Mauna Kea and provides a stable future for Mauna Kea.”
“It’s a challenging bill,” said committee chair Rep. David Tarnas from Hawaiʻi island. “But, I think we do need to continue the discussion on it. The area representatives really would like to move forward and figure out some answers to these questions and also a way to make it fair to the state.”
“This will help the state achieve its goal of keeping good food on the table and protecting the natural resources in public trust,” Tarnas said.
David Tarnas, the representative for House District 7 in Kohala and North Kona, said: “This bill is acknowledge that coercive control is the first step towards domestic violence and if we can identify there and stop it there then we can save lives.
“I want to thank Barbara Gerbert who was the first person to tell me about Scotland, where they incorporated coercive control into their statute and it was shown to be very effective over time by reducing the amount of domestic abuse cases that escalated to violence.