The Department of Land and Natural Resources will hold public hearings across the state on proposed amendments to Hawaii rules that would prohibit and deter the transport and release of introduced wildlife.
Meetings will be held beginning Monday on Maui, Lanai and Molokai; public testimony will be gathered.
The amendments are proposed for the Hawaii Administrative Rules, Title 13, Subtitle 5, Part 2, Chapter 124, "Indigenous Wildlife, Endangered and Threatened Wildlife, and Introduced Wild Birds."
"The movement of live, introduced wildlife poses direct threats to our native ecosystems, and the proposed amendments will help prevent harm to our natural resources and economy," said William J. Aila Jr., DLNR chairman.
The Maui meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday in the Lihikai Elementary School cafeteria.
The Lanai meeting on Tuesday and the Molokai meeting on April 3 will both begin at 5 p.m.
The Lanai meeting will be in the Lanai High and Elementary School cafeteria, and the Molokai meeting will be held in the Mitchell Pauole Community Center hall.
The public may submit written testimony within 15 days following the close of the last public hearing, which is set for April 5, by mailing the testimony to: Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, attention: Lauren Goodmiller, 1151 Punchbowl St., Room 325, Honolulu 96813.
The proposed amendments can be found at: dlnr.hawaii.gov/about-dlnr/ rules/ or ltgov.hawaii.gov/the-office/administrative-rules.
For more information, contact Goodmiller at (808) 587-0028 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.