The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) will hold public hearings statewide to seek public comment on a set of rule amendments designed to bring parity to all Catamaran Registration Certificate holders and update and streamline commercial “use permit” fees, conditions and requirements for commercial operations in all state waters.
“There has been a significant increase in the volume and types of recreational and commercial activities taking place in state waters since these boating rules were written and last revised nearly 20 years ago,” said William J. Aila Jr., DLNR chairperson. “It’s time to update our rules so they are fair and equally applied to commercial operators operating everywhere in state waters. Since the use of our waters is changing, these rules allow us greater flexibility to adapt to those changes.”
On Hawaii Island, the hearings will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the Kealakehe High School cafeteria at 74-5000 Puohulihuli St., Kailua-Kona, and from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, in the State Office Building in Hilo, in the first-floor meeting room, at 75 Aupuni St.