Boards & Commissions
The Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR), is composed of seven members: one from land district and two at large, and the Chairperson, the executive head of the Department. The BLNR convenes twice monthly to review and take action on department submittals, including land leases and Conservation District Use Applications (CDUAs).
P. O. Box 621 Honolulu, Hawai`i 96809
Phone 808-587-0404, FAX 808-587-0390
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Commission on Water Resource Management
The Commission on Water Resource Management (CWRM) administers the State Water Code, which was created by the 1987 Hawaii State Legislature. The Water Commission’s general mission is to protect and enhance the water resources of the State of Hawaii through wise and responsible management.
1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 227 Honolulu, Hawai`i 96813 Phone (808) 587-0214, FAX (808) 587-0219
Endangered Species Recovery Committee
The Endangered Species Recovery Committee (1) Reviews all applications and proposals for habitat conservation plans, safe harbor agreements, and incidental take licenses and make recommendations, based on a full review of the best available scientific and other reliable data and at least one site visit to each property that is the subject of the proposed action, and in consideration of the cumulative impacts of the proposed action on the recovery potential of the endangered, threatened, proposed, or candidate species, to the department and the board of land and natural resources as to whether or not they should be approved, amended, or rejected; (2) Reviews all habitat conservation plans, safe harbor agreements, and incidental take licenses on an annual basis to ensure compliance with agreed to activities and, on the basis of any available monitoring reports, and scientific and other reliable data, make recommendations for any necessary changes; (3) Considers and recommends appropriate incentives to encourage landowners to voluntarily engage in efforts that restore and conserve endangered, threatened, proposed, and candidate species.
For more information contact:
Wildlife Program Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife 1151 Punchbowl Street Room 325 Honolulu, HI, 96813 Phone: 808 587 0028
Hawaii Historic Places Review Board
In deciding whether a property should be entered and ordered into the Hawai`i Register, the Hawai`i Historic Places Review Board evaluates whether the property meets or possesses significance in Hawaiian history, architecture, archaeology, and culture.
Some of the other criteria considered by the board include association with events that have made a significant contribution to broad patterns of our history; association with the lives of persons significant in our past; possession of high artistic value; designs and techniques typical of a time period; or potential to yield information important in prehistory or history.
Quarterly meetings are held on Saturdays at the Kalanimoku Building at 1151 Punchbowl Street, Meeting Room 132, Honolulu Hawaii 96813 (Diamond Head side of the State Capitol)
For more information contact:
State Historic Preservation Division Kakuhihewa Building 601 Kamokila Blvd., Suite 555, Kapolei, Hawai`i, 96707 Phone: (808) 692-8015 Fax: (808) 692-8020
Island Burials Councils
Island Burial councils have scheduled meetings once each month on their respective islands. All Council members are appointed by the Governor of Hawai`i and confirmed by the Senate for a four year term. Expiration dates for council members are shown in parentheses following their names. No council member may serve more than two consecutive terms. All meetings by the council are open to the public. Any person may submit oral or written testimony to the council regarding a matter under consideration, provided that applicants first submit a written request to the department to be placed on the council meeting agenda. For more details on the History & Culture Branch or the Island Burial Councils, please refer to the program rules and regulations. Click here to see meeting agendas and minutes for an Island Burial Council.
State Historic Preservation Division Kakuhihewa Building 601 Kamokila Blvd., Suite 555, Kapolei, Hawai`i, 96707
Phone: (808) 692-8015 Fax: (808) 692-8020
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Kaho`olawe Island Reserve Commission
Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission
The Legislature created the Kaho`olawe Island Reserve Commission (KIRC) to manage the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve while it is held in trust for a future Native Hawaiian sovereign entity. The KIRC uses the federal funds designated for State responsibilities in the restoration effort. The KIRC is administratively attached to the Department of Land and Natural Resources.
811 Kolu Street, Suite 201, Wailuku, Hawai’i 96793 Phone (808) 243-5020, FAX (808) 243-5885
Natural Area Reserves Systems Commission
The Natural Area Reserves Systems (NARS) Commission was established by the Legislature in 1971 to preserve and protect as unmodified as possible, in perpetuity, examples of Hawai’i's unique terrestrial and aquatic natural resources, in order that present and future generations may be able to learn about and appreciate these natural assets. It advises the Board of Land and Natural Resources and the Governor on matters having to do with native ecosystems.
1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 224 Honolulu, Hawai’i 96813 Phone (808) 587-0063, FAX (808) 587-0064
Public Land Development Corporation
The Public Land Development Corporation (PLDC) is a state entity created by the Legislature in 2011 to develop state lands and generate revenues for the Department of Land and Natural Resources. Through public-private partnerships, the corporation aims to attract private companies as joint partners in development opportunities.
The corporation was formed after the Legislature passed Senate Bill 1555 which was signed into law as Act 55 by Governor Neil Abercrombie. The corporation is governed by a five-member board of directors. Three state agencies are represented on the board either by its director or their designee. The agencies include the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism; the Department of Budget and Finance; and the Department of Land and Natural Resources. One member is appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives, and one member is appointed by the president of Senate.
PUBLIC LAND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION PO Box 2359 Honolulu, Hawai`i 96804
Street Address: No. 1 Capitol District 250 S. Hotel Street, Room 501 Honolulu, Hawai`i 96813
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