Kāne‘ohe Bay Regional Council

Kāne‘ohe Bay

Kāne‘ohe Bay, Google Earth image


The Kāne‘ohe Bay Regional Council was established in statute by the 1993 State Legislature. It is administered by the Department of Land and Natural Resources, and charged with the following functions.

  1. Facilitate the implementation of the master plan as it relates to ocean use activities;
  2. Review and periodically amend the master plan as it relates to ocean use activities;
  3. Serve as a central coordinative clearinghouse of public and private activities in Kāne‘ohe Bay, and as a repository and disseminator of information on the bay;
  4. Facilitate productive interaction between users of the bay and the general public in order to develop a common vision and make recommendations for public policy related to the bay;
  5. Recommend research, studies, data collection, and planning activities designed to provide additional information on Kāne‘ohe Bay, with particular reference to the specific needs of the bay, and to publicize the results thereof, to the extent that these functions do not duplicate or supplant activities provided by other state or county agencies;
  6. Advise and make recommendations to the State and the county on matters regarding the use of Kāne‘ohe Bay by the general public, marine research programs, and commercial ocean use activities, including legislative matters;
  7. Develop short- and long-term goals based on the master plan, resources, and programs for Kāne‘ohe Bay;
  8. Educate the public and users of Kāne‘ohe Bay on the problems and needs of the bay through public education programs;
  9. Serve as the public advocate for Kāne‘ohe Bay;
  10. Initiate and maintain contact with public, private, county, and state organizations, agencies, and individuals engaging in activities in Kāne‘ohe Bay;
  11. Establish a Kāne‘ohe Bay fishing panel to monitor fishing activities in the bay, as recommended in the master plan as it relates to ocean use activities; and
  12. Hold quarterly meetings on the status of the implementation of the master plan.

Council Members

SeatStatusNameAppointed byTerm BeginsTerm Ends
Kahalu‘u Neighborhood Board RepCurrentMr. Clifford LooGovernor7/1/20216/30/2025
Kāne‘ohe Neighborhood Board RepCurrentMs. Elena BryantGovernor7/1/20226/30/2025
Hawai‘i Institute of Marine BiologyCurrentMr. Frederick ReppunGovernor7/1/20196/30/2023 extended
Kāne‘ohe Bay commercial operatorsCurrentMr. Joseph PickardGovernor7/1/20236/30/2025
Kāne‘ohe Bay fishing panelCurrentMr. Cedric BertlemannGovernor9/1/20206/30/2024
Kāne‘ohe Bay recreational boating associationCurrentMr. Jeffrey KaluhiwaGovernor7/1/20206/30/2024
Office of Hawaiian AffairsCurrentMs. Sylvia HusseyGovernor7/1/20236/30/2027
DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean RecreationCurrentMs. Meghan StattsEx-officio; non-voting member
DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources (Chair)CurrentBrian Neilson, AdministratorEx-officio; non-voting member
Kāne‘ohe Marine Base Hawai‘iCurrentMs. Jessica JimenezEx-officio; non-voting member
Director of HealthVacantEx-officio; non-voting member
Office of Planning and Sustainable DevelopmentCurrentScott G. GlennEx-officio; non-voting member

Meeting Agendas

January 18, 2023
February 9, 2023
March 1, 2023
March 15, 2023
May 3, 2023
June 22, 2023
September 14, 2023
November 30, 2023

January 23, 2024
February 13, 2024 meeting canceled
March 12, 2024
April 9, 2024
May 14, 2024

Meeting Minutes

January 18,2023
February 9, 2023
March 1, 2023
May 3, 2023
June 22, 2023
September 14, 2023
November 30, 2023

January 23, 2024
March 12, 2024
April 9, 2024

Other Documents

New procedures for conduct of meetings. July 28, 2016
Commercial Committee report of recommendations. July 28, 2016
Resolution Supporting Legislative Action to End the Commercial Harvesting of Reef Wildlife for the Aquarium Pet Trade in Kāne‘ohe Bay. July 28, 2021
Resolution relating to the proliferation of commercial ocean recreation in and around Kāne‘ohe Bay. September 7, 2022
Aquarium fishing letter to DLNR Chair. July 31, 2023