State senators to tour Maui, Lanai, aim ‘to better define and address’ needs of islands

Big Island state Sens. Malama Solomon and Gilbert Kahele will tour various sites on Maui and Lanai today through Friday as part of an update from the Department of Land and Natural Resources on state projects and programs, according to an announcement.

Solomon chairs the Senate Water and Land Committee, and Kahele chairs the Tourism Committee.

On Maui today, the senators are scheduled to visit a koa forest watershed project, the Iao Valley State Monument and Lipoa Point.

On Thursday, they’re set to see the Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement’s new enforcement boat at Kahului Harbor and Lahaina Harbor. Later that day, they’ll travel to Lanai to tour the Manele Bay Small Boat Harbor and the Lanai island watershed.

Finally, on Friday, Solomon and Kahele will visit the Lanai island baseyard.

“I applaud the Department of Land and Natural Resources for organizing these informative site visits and look forward to learning more about their work on the islands of Maui and Lanai,” Solomon said. “Through working collaboratively with the department, we will be able to better define and address the needs of all of our islands.”

The Maui and Lanai visits are part of a statewide tour of similar sites coordinated by the DLNR.