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SB609 is Dead (Not!)

**Correction: I was just informed (at 4:55am this morning, 2/18) that SB609 is not dead and that the HWN/WLH committees have until March 5th to re-introduce this bill for decision making. It has to pass through both committees which will require a coordinated effort by its proponents but very possible nevertheless. Stay tuned as this process continues... Senate Bill 609 which proposed to remove the Protect Kaho`olawe `Ohana from the Kaho`olawe Island Reserve Commission and reduce the number of commissioners from 7 to 5 is dead. The measure was deleted from both the decision making meetings of the Hawaiian Affairs Committee and the Water, Land and Housing Committee schedule on 2/16 and 2/17 respectively. The video above is an excerpt from the hearing held on Saturday, Feb 12, 2011 of Gov. John Waihee. His testimony was given last and put the entire struggle for Kaho`olawe, the island's special status and the role played by the Protect Kaho`olawe `Ohana (PKO) into proper perspective. It was this testimony that killed SB609. Thanks to `Olelo Television for recording the entire hearing. This is not the end of the struggle though. SB609 brought attention to serious matters with the stewardship of Kaho`olawe. Over the coming months the PKO will need to tighten up their organizational structure and operate as a cohesive entity, especially in light of SB816 which apportions ten per cent of the conveyance tax to the Kaho`olawe rehabilitation trust fund and is progressing through the legislature.