Tenth District Rep. Angus McKelvey and Fifth District Sen. Roz Baker held a legislative wrap-up session on Monday, June 18, 2012, at the West Maui Senior Center.
"We want to get out and engage the community as their elected state legislators on what we did to address their needs this last session and help make state government more responsive to their needs.
"Not only did we manage to continue to fund the critical emergency work for our roads and harbors after the tsunami, but we've also managed to continue to fund our other important institutions like (Lahainaluna High School) by securing additional monies for the Athletic Field project."
The Democrats also discussed SB 2933 CD1 and HB 2871, companion measures that created a mandatory advisory committee for the West Maui ocean management recreation area while securing funding for additional swim buoys at Kamaole Beach Park in Kihei.
The Lahaina News editorial "Kupuna working to improve ocean safety" in the May 10, 2012 issue wrongly stated that SB 2933 contained a provision for funding the West Maui buoys that were recently replaced by the state.
The bill actually contains funding for Kamaole Beach Park and not Hanako'o Beach Park ("Canoe Beach") in Lahaina as written.
Replacement of buoys to separate boaters from swimmers, canoe paddlers and other ocean users near Canoe Beach took place after McKelvey and Baker asked state Department of Land and Natural Resources Director William J. Aila Jr. to install the buoys with funds within the existing DLNR budget.
Rep. McKelvey, who chaired the House Economic Revitalization & Business Committee, also discussed the Hawaiian Innovation Economy initiative.
Sen. Baker, who chaired the Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee, discussed measures and initiatives on foreclosures, condominium regulations, professional employment and health issues.
The West Maui lawmakers also detailed other initiatives in the areas of agriculture, education, government services, Native Hawaiian issues and the budget.
From left: State Rep. Angus McKelvey, instructor Carlos Manchetti, Sen. Roz Baker & U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye