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SB435 Hearing

February 27, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Senate Bill 435  is scheduled for a hearing on Friday, February 27th at 1:30 p.m., Conference Room 016 at the State Capitol.

Why should you support the bill?

This bill phases in the increased use of Hawaiian plants in new and renovated publicly-funded landscaping projects. Hawaiian plants are important both culturally and ecologically, and the use of Hawaiian plants fosters a uniquely Hawaiian sense of place.

For more information about SB435 or other bills from our 2015 legislative package, please visit oha.org/legislation.

How can you support the bill?

Support the bill by logging into the Hawai’i State Capitol website and submit testimony or testify in-person.

Sample Testimony

OPTION 1:I strongly SUPPORT SB435 which will require the use of Hawaiian plants in public landscaping projects. I believe that Hawaiian plants are important both culturally and ecologically, and the use of Hawaiian plants fosters a uniquely Hawaiian sense of place. Hawaiian plants are important because they are the foundation of Native Hawaiian traditional and customary practices, and are celebrated in Native Hawaiian place names, mo‘olelo, and cultural art forms such as hula. At the same time, normalizing the use of Hawaiian plants will provide essential habitat for native animals, insects, and birds, which are found only in Hawai’i. I urge the committee to PASS this bill.

OPTION 2:I strongly SUPPORT SB435 which will require the use of Hawaiian plants in public landscaping projects. There are many economic benefits to landscaping with Hawaiian plants. Hawaiian plants have adapted to the local environment over hundreds or thousands of years, and can require less water, which decreases maintenance costs. Raising awareness about the value of Hawaiian plants and normalizing the use of these plants may reduce the introduction of alien invasive species, thereby protecting our native forests, native ecosystems as well as agricultural and tourism economies. I urge the committee to PASS this bill.

Details

Date:
February 27, 2015
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Venue

State Capitol – Conference 211
Hawaii State Capitol
Honolulu, HI United States
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