Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 21:33 Written by Administrator Thursday, 06 February 2014 20:41
Hello Racers and Supporters,
We have posted the video from the Hawaiian Affairs Committee Briefing held on Jan 17th, 2014.
If you have been following the story thus far by watching our videos, you will know that we had given the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) until December 31st to contact us with a plan to address and resolve our issues concerning Kalaeloa Raceway Park.
As a result of this, we reached out to our Senators and requested an informational briefing on the actions of DHHL with the Hawaiian Affairs Committee, that was then held on Friday, January 17th at the State Capitol. We considered this the to be the next step in resolving our current situation.
The end result of this meeting was that the Hawaiian Affairs Committee recognized the problems derived from DHHL's actions, including a Personality Driven administration and the fact that DHHL has the right to exempt their properties from permitting requirements such as the letter originally allowing KRP to operate without them plus the other companies that are continuing to be exempted.
In addition, the Comittee identified that Kalaeloa Raceway Park detrimentally relied on the guidance provided initially by DHHL, and asked DHHL whether they could grandfather and work out our issues due to that detrimental reliance. It was also suggested that DHHL recognize our need and allow us to use the lower portion of our property as originally agreed to in our revocable permit.
We are very pleased that the Senate recognized our issues and look forward to sitting down with DHHL with a proposed solution.We'll keep you updated on our progress and thank you for your support.
The video contains testimony and Q&A from DHHL, KRP owner Mr. George Grace III, Sabrina Grace, Michael Kitchens, and the Hawaiian Affairs Committee.
Of special note, please follow the links to specific segments of the briefing:
Testimony of George Grace III & Sabrina Grace
DHHL questioned upon whether their permitting policy is by written guidance, and why was KRP allowed to be exempted initially. DHHL admits ability to exempt:
Definition of Detrimental Reliance & how it affects KRP:
Suggestion to grandfather KRP due to Detrimental Reliance:
Revocable Permit allows KRP to bring in moderate amount of dirt with exemption and prior approval:
Under Detrimental Reliance, the victim (KRP) is made whole:
Personality Driven Exemptions:
Senator Clayton Hee definse that DHHL should not conduct policy by written guidelines, not verbal discussion
KRP Owner, George Grace III Q&A:
Proof that other companies have and are still being exempted by DHHL:
Michael Kitchens provides information on sensitive cultural sites on lower portion of property, and that HCDA/DHHL shoud have known this information:
KRP would like to thank the following people who provided public testimony for and against the project. It's important for everyone to take part in our legislative system and we are appreciative of anyone who participates in the government process.
The following attached testimony is public knowledge and you may click to read their testimony.