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Senate Ways and Means Committee to Conduct Site Visits on Maui, Oct. 18-20

October 17, 2021, 8:36 AM HST
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The Senate Committee on Ways and Means will be traveling to Maui on Oct. 18-20, 2021 to conduct site visits at various state and private facilities.  

The committee will be visiting the following sites: 

PC: University of Hawaiʻi Maui College
  • Maui Food Technology Center 
  • University of Hawaiʻi Maui College – Food Innovation Center 

    TOPICS OF DISCUSSION:  
    • Value-Add Product Development Strategic Plan 
    • Creating opportunities for entrepreneurs seeking to earn a living through value-added products, agriculture, cultural practices, environmental sustainability, technology and economic diversification 
    • Considering opportunities to expand operations and further support value-added entrepreneurs with a new facility, which includes a commercial kitchen, packaging room, dry and cold storage 
Scenic Maui, photo by Wendy Osher.
  • Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority 

    TOPICS OF DISCUSSION: 
    • Strategy to ensure health and safety of local residents  
    • Strategy to implement Destination Management Action Plans (DMAP) for economic development 
    • Build strategy to attract higher-end visitors and capacity in rural communities by supporting festivals and events 
    • Strategy to establish a preeminent school for travel management 
    • Strategy to grow Farm-to-Hotel 
    • Establish the advisory board per HRS §201B-13 
Maui High Performance Computing Center. PC: University of Hawai’i
  • Maui High Performance Computing Center 
  • Pacific Disaster Center 

    TOPICS OF DISCUSSION: 
    • Regional Economic Development  
    • Strategic Plan for IT Workforce Development  
    • Identifying staffing challenges for local industry 
    • Developing strategy to address staffing needs 
    • Compiling competencies and skills for workforce 
Waiʻānapanapa. Photo by Wendy Osher.
  • Wai’ānapanapa State Park 

    TOPICS OF DISCUSSION 
    • Wai’ānapanapa Parking Reservation System, and other comparable programs throughout the State 
    • Programs for revenue generation within the department, and how that ties into their visitor impact mitigation efforts
Fresh produce at Hāna Ranch, from the organic farm. Photo courtesy of Hāna Ranch.
  • Hāna High and Elementary School 

    TOPICS OF DISCUSSION 
    • Providing trauma-informed, culturally sensitive, and victim-centered training and integrating coordinated trauma responsive systems across state departments 
    • Leveraging public-private partnerships to ensure workforce readiness and work-based learning through internships and apprenticeships 
    • Identifying industry-certified credentials for regional economic development 
    • Developing a phased timeline to establish Alternative Learning Programs for Maui District 
  • Hāna Farms & Hāna Ranch 

    TOPICS OF DISCUSSION 
    • Maui County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Plan – Hana 
    • Building the value-add product development pipeline from concept to manufacturing 
    • Supporting local entrepreneurs with specialized kitchen and value add production facilities. 
State Office Building – Wailuku, Maui. PC: Wendy Osher (Sept. 3, 2021)
  • Wailuku Civic Center – State Office Buildings 1 & 2 
  • Kahului Civic Center 

    TOPICS OF DISCUSSION: 
    • Space Utilization 
    • Total cost of leasing expenditures for State offices in Kona from the private sector 
    • Cost savings resulting from better space utilization 
    • Status of a planned mixed-use multi-agency development 
Mahi Pono Plants 300 Native Trees for Statewide Tree Planting Day in Partnership with ReTree Hawai’i. PC: Mahi Pono
  • Mahi Pono 

    TOPICS OF DISCUSSION:  
    • Agriculture Strategic Plan – Statewide & Regional 
    • Mahi Pono value added products and partnerships with other businesses for use of their lands such as dedicating certain plots for different chefs/restaurants to grow local farm to plate produce. 
    • Mahi Pono long-term build out for coffee fields and processing plant.  
    • Establishment of a Maui County Department of Agriculture.  The department is set to begin operations July 2022. 
    • Maui County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Plan – Agriculture 
UHMC chancellor Lui Hokoana. Photo Courtesy UH Maui College
  • University of Hawaii Maui College  

    TOPICS OF DISCUSSION:  
    • State Energy Strategy 
    • Reducing the use of fossil fuels to achieve the State’s renewable energy portfolio standards 
    • Land designations across the State pertaining to energy production and distribution 
    • Identifying firm and intermittent renewable energy projects for the region 
    • Increasing resources to expand renewable energy projects with public-private partnerships 
    • Developing a phased timeline within the State’s Office of Energy to reach the State’s renewable energy goals and develop a clean energy workforce. 

The purpose of these visits is to identify issues, resource needs and potential solutions to address regional and statewide economic development, efficient space utilization of State facilities and leveraging critical private partnerships to decrease State resource dependence and liability.  

 “The committee will dive deep on issues that cause delays, challenges with procurement, consolidating state employees into underutilized state facilities, and executing at strategies for regional economic development,” said Senator Donovan Dela Cruz (District 22 – Mililani Mauka, Waipi‘o Acres, Wheeler, Wahiawa, Whitmore Village and portions of Poamoho), chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means.” 

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