Honolulu, Hawaiʻi – Speaker Scott K. Saiki provided the following statement today:
"The Hawaiʻi House of Representatives formed six interim working groups tasked with the responsibility of evaluating specific topics related to the Lāhainā wildfire and making recommendations for appropriate legislative action in the 2024 legislative session. Each working group will produce a preliminary report by November 1 and deliver a final report by December 15, 2023.
In an effort to obtain information and receive input, the working groups will collaborate with federal, state, and county agencies, and community stakeholders to identify key issues and recommendations that will be reflected in the reports. As transparency remains our utmost priority, the House will hold public hearings on substantive recommendations of each working group. Advance notice of hearings will be provided, and the public will have an opportunity to participate and provide testimony in person or virtually. To sign up for hearing notices, please visit www.capitol.hawaii.gov.
Community input is critical to each report. We welcome the public's involvement and encourage the public to submit any suggestions or comments directly to the co-chairs of the working groups. The final reports will play a critical role in shaping the upcoming session's legislative initiatives."
The working groups and the respective co-chairs are as follows:
Co-Chairs: Representative Nicole E. Lowen
Representative Elle Cochran
Purpose: To evaluate the cleanup of ground and ocean contamination, including the timeframe and techniques utilized, and to prepare recommendations for appropriate legislative action.
Food, Water and Other Supplies
Co-Chairs: Representative Greggor Ilagan
Representative Terez Amato
Purpose: To evaluate the availability and distribution of food and other necessary supplies for displaced individuals and families, and to prepare recommendations for appropriate legislative action.
Jobs and Business
Co-Chairs: Representative Daniel Holt
Representative Andrew Takuya Garrett
Purpose: To evaluate the Maui unemployment rate and the approaches to restart business activity as well as the impacts to tourism statewide, and to prepare recommendations for appropriate legislative action.
Co-Chairs: Representative Justin H. Woodson
Representative Jenna Takenouchi
Purpose: To evaluate the strategies utilized to accommodate displaced students and staff to return to school, and to prepare recommendations for appropriate legislative action.
Co-Chairs: Representative Troy N. Hashimoto
Representative Luke A. Evslin
Purpose: To evaluate the availability and creation of temporary and transitional shelters for displaced individuals and families, and to prepare recommendations for appropriate legislative action.
Co-Chairs: Representative Linda Ichiyama
Representative Darius K. Kila
Purpose: To identify the causes of wildfires and preventative action that may be taken to reduce the risk of wildfires throughout the state, and prepare recommendations for appropriate legislative action.