June of 1987, the Hawaii Dam Safety Act was passed and HRS 179D was
adopted, identifying DLNR as the lead agency. Two years later in 1989
Administrative Rules chapter 190 was drafted.
Administrative Rules authorized the Board of Land and Natural Resources
to inspect and require reports, require written approval for new dam
construction and alterations (permits), require emergency action plans
for high hazard dams, be authorized to enter private property, require
maintenance and repairs as required.
Engineering Division of the Department of Land and Natural Resources
(DLNR) administers the Hawaii Dam Safety Program. Referred to as the
Hawaii Dam Safety Act of 1987, it was part of a National Dam Safety
movement that began as a result of several large dam failures in the
mainland US during the mid-1900s.
1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 221
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Ph. (808) 587-0268
Fax. (808) 587-0283
Section 24 & Section 25, Act 118, Session Laws of Hawaii 2006
expenditures for natural disasters occurring in February and March 2006 and
status of dam safety inspections and assessments (ASO, ENG)
The Maui &
Moloka'i, Hawai'i, Oahu & Kaua'i Dam Inspection Reports, a cooperative
effort between the Department of Land and Natural Resources and the U.S.
Army Corps. of Engineers have been posted.