Declaratory Rulings

A Petition for Declaratory Ruling is subject to the provisions in the LUC Rules Sections 15-15-99 to 15-15-104, Hawaiʻi Administrative Rules (HAR).  Petitions for Declaratory Ruling request the Commission to determine the applicability of statutory (Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes), administrative (Hawaiʻi Administrative Rules), or a Decision and Order by the Commission.  In addition, requests for designation of lands as Important Agricultural Lands (IAL) are also subject to the Declaratory Ruling process; reference to Sections 205-41 to 205-52, HRS; and Sections 15-15-120 to 15-15-128, HAR.

Declaratory Orders – General

The Declaratory Orders come from petitions that ask specific questions about the interpretation or implementation of statutory language in Chapter 205, HRS or the Commission’s administrative rules in Chapter 15-15, HAR.  The numbering of dockets reflects:  the type of docket – declaratory ruling (DR); the last two digits of the year the docket was filed (i.e. DR08 for 2008); then a sequential number that reflects the order in which they have been filed; and followed by the name of the applicant.  In example:  DR08-36 Ko Olina Development, LLC indicates that the docket was filed in 2008 and is the 36th declaratory order filed with the Commission.

Declaratory Orders – Important Agricultural Lands designations

 These are a special class of declaratory orders concerning the designation process of lands within the State Agricultural District as Important Agricultural Lands (IAL).  This process is pursuant to statutory language contained in Sections 205-41 through 205-52, HRS; and LUC administrative rules Sections 15-15-120 to 15-15-128, HAR.  The numbering of dockets follows the process explained in the section above.

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DR20-68 County of Hawaiʻi 

DR20-69 County of Hawaiʻi

DR20-70 Rosehill (Hawaiʻi)

DR21-71 Andrew Grier (Maui)

DR21-72  Church-Hildal (Hawaiʻi)

DR21-73 Honoipu Hideaway LLC (Hawaiʻi)

DR21-74 County of Maui-SP97-390 – WITHDRAWN

DR21-75 Kaukonahua Ranch – WITHDRAWN

DR21-76 Kekaha Agriculture Association (Kauaʻi – Important Agricultural Land) – WITHDRAWN

2021 City & County of Honolulu IAL (Oʻahu – Important Agricultural Land)

DR10-39 Queen Liliʻuokalani Trust (Hawaiʻi)

DR10-40 Department of Housing and Human Concerns, County of Maui – WITHDRAWN

DR10-41  Molokaʻi Ranch Properties (Molokaʻi – Important Agricultural Land) – WITHDRAWN

DR10-42  Castle & Cooke Homes Hawaiʻi, Inc. (Oʻahu – Important Agricultural Land)

DR11-43  Māhāʻulepū Farm LLC (Kauaʻi – Important Agricultural Land)

DR11-44 Department of Housing and Human Concerns, County of Maui (PDF)

DR11-45  Parker Ranch, Inc. (Hawaiʻi – Important Agricultural Land)

DR12-46 James Spencer and Pamela V. Spencer (Hawaiʻi)

DR12-47 State of Hawaiʻi (DOE) Kihei High School (Maui)

DR12-48  Grove Farm Company Incorporated (Kauaʻi – Important Agricultural Land)

DR12-49 Kunia Loa Ridge Farmlands (Oʻahu – Important Agricultural Land) – WITHDRAWN

DR13-50 Trustees of the Estate of Bernice Pauahi Bishop dba Kamehameha Schools (Kauaʻi – Important Agricultural Land)

DR14-51 Maui Lani Neighbors (Maui)

DR14-52 Trustees of the Estate of Bernice Pauahi Bishop dba Kamehameha Schools (Oʻahu – Important Agricultural Land)

DR15-53 Ka ʻOhana O Kalaupapa (Molokaʻi- Kalaupapa Memorial)

DR15-54 Puʻunoa Homeowners Association, Inc. and Devonne Lane (Maui)

DR16-55 State Office of Planning (Oʻahu) Stipulated Dismissal

DR16-56 Robinson Family Partners (Kauaʻi – Important Agricultural Land)

DR16-57 University of Hawaiʻi Community Colleges (Kauaʻi)

DR16-58 County of Kauaʻi 201H Project – Lima Ola

DR17-59  Monsanto Company (Oʻahu – Important Agricultural Land)

DR17-60  Monsanto Company (Molokaʻi – Important Agricultural Land) – WITHDRAWN

DR18-61 Hartung Brothers Hawaiʻi  (Oʻahu – Important Agricultural Land)

DR18-62  Kualoa Ranch (Oʻahu – Important Agricultural Land)

DR18-63 Malaekaha Hui West, LLC (Oʻahu – Important Agricultural Land)

DR18-64 Robinson Kunia Land LLC (Oʻahu – Important Agricultural Land)

DR19-65 County of Maui – Department of Planning Re: Department of Education- New Kihei High School

DR19-66 Pōmaikai Partners, LLC (Oʻahu – Important Agricultural Land)

DR19-67 Kanahele and Kanahele (Hawaiʻi)

DR74-1 Life of the Land

Adoption of Amendment to Rules (PDF) dated 01/12/1975

Letter to Edward Brown (PDF) 03/20/1975

DR74-2 City & County of Honolulu, Department of General Planning

Letter to Eddie Tangen (PDF) dated 04/03/1975

Letter to Roberty Wray (PDF) dated 04/25/1975

DR75-3 Deland Perry and Jenny Parijs (PDF)

DR75-4 Deland Perry and Jenny Parijs (PDF) related to SP75-202 Shield Pacific

DR76-5 Life of the Land (PDF) related to A76-413


Joseph Park filed 01/02/1963

Meeting Minutes (PDF) 10/01/1965

Letter to Joseph Park (PDF) 10/11/1965

Maui County Planning (Episcopal Church) filed 11/12/1963 – No further action documented

Stanley Sabihon filed 11/19/1963 – No further action documented

Theo H. Davies and Company, Ltd. filed 07/24/1964 – No further action documented

United Church of Christ filed 03/17/65 – No further action documented

David C. McClung (Wiliwili Nui Ridge) (PDF)  filed 11/18/1965

Dept. of Land and Natural Resources (Lou Huntley) filed 01/11/1966

Letter to Frank Skrivanek (PDF) 02/28/1966

Letter to Jim Ferry (PDF) 03/02/1966

Roy Jacobsen filed 05/02/1966

Meeting Minutes (PDF) 12/16/1966

Declaratory Ruling (PDF)

Concrete Industries filed 06/07/1966

Meeting Minutes (PDF) 06/17/1966

Letter to RL Muller (PDF) 06/24/1966

Bernice Pauahi Bishop Estate (He`eia Fishpond) filed 10/20/1966

Meeting Minutes (PDF) 10/01/1966

Letter to Shay Auerbach (PDF) 11/02/1966

Circuit Court Order Denying Motion for Summary Judgement (PDF) 07/10/1969

Marvin Boudreau (PDF) filed 05/12/1970

Mrs. Alfreda Worst (PDF) filed 10/07/1970

John T. Waterhouse filed 12/07/1970

Meeting Minutes (PDF) 09/17/71 see pages 4-6; re:  Docket No. A71-286