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DOI - 527 - Kalaupapa National Historical Park Advisory Commission - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameKalaupapa National Historical Park Advisory CommissionAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number527
Original Establishment Date12/22/1980Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*11
Current Charter Date4/5/2010Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Superintendent, Kalaupapa National Historical Park
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date12/22/2025Designated Federal Officer First Name*Erika
Exempt From Renewal*YesDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityP.L. 96-565, as amended by P.L. 109-54Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Stein Espaniola
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*P.L. 96-565, as amended by P.L. 109-54, as amended by 5 U.S.C. App. 2Designated Federal Officer Phone*(808) 567-6802
Effective Date Of Authority*12/22/1980Designated Federal Officer Fax*(808) 567-6729
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*Kalaupapa NHP is a special community containing the 13 remaining patients of the Hansen's disease (leprosy) isolation program. Prior to the use of Kalawao & Kalaupapa as isolation treatment settlements in 1866, the peninsula was inhabited by native Hawaiians who were displaced from their homes when the settlements began. The patient community is the main group of people with whom the Park consults on park operations and management. The Commission, the majority of which includes former patients as well as native Hawaiian representatives, helps the park manage the community with cultural sensitivity and on management and operations of the park. In particular, the park is developing a 20-year general management plan and the Commission is advising on the draft alternatives, future plans for the park and, in particular, the present visitor cap restriction and possible changes to the visitor cap in the long-term future. The Commission also advises the park on the Memorial Project (to memorialize the names of those sent to Kalaupapa as patients, many of whom lie in unmarked graves).
How is membership balanced?*The park's authorizing legislation and the Commission's charter require a minimum number of former patients and a minimum number of Native Hawaiians. The commission shall consist of no more than eleven members, seven members who shall be present or former patients elected by the patient community, and four members appointed from recommendations submitted by the Governor of Hawaii, at least one of whom shall be Native Hawaiian.The current membership is comprised of six former patients (one position is currently unfilled), and four members (all native Hawaiian) appointed by the Governor of Hawaii.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Commission did not meet in FY 2020. Meetings are generally scheduled twice a year.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Commission is necessary to ensure that sensitive issues regarding the former Hansen's disease patients and native Hawaiian rights are considered by park management. Kalaupapa National Historical Park is dedicated to protecting the rights of Hansen's Disease (Leprosy) patients. The Secretary of the Interior is to consult with and seek the advice of the Commission with respect to the development and operation of the park, including training programs. The Commission additionally advises the Secretary concerning public visitation to the park, and such advice with respect to numbers of visitors is to be binding upon the Secretary, if the Commission certifies to the Secretary that such advice is based on a referendum, held under the auspices of the Commission, of all patients on the official Kalaupapa registry.
Why close or partially close meetings?All meetings are open to the public.
Recommendation RemarksThe remaining 4 patient commissioners have been reappointed for an additional 5 years per letter dated: July 27, 2016. We are awaiting recommendation from the Governor of Hawaii to appoint a member of the community to the vacant position.

(1) Re #6 (EXPECTED CHARTER RENEWAL DATE) -- The FACA Section 14 (b) biennial rechartering requirement has been waived for this Commission by P.L. 102-525, October 26, 1992.
(2) Re #17 (MEETINGS) -- In accordance with the Committee Charter and P.L 102-525, Members may continue to serve after the expiration of their terms until successors are appointed.

P.L. 109-54, August 2, 2005, extended the authority of the commission for another 20 years. The Commission will sunset on December 22, 2025.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentThe Park is always doing ongoing consultation with the patient representatives on the commission and strongly considers their advice and tries to implement where feasible.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentImproved communication with patient community which facilitates consultation process for park projects.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentPublic comment on the General Management Plan and Environmental Assessment closed on March 7, 2019. The Park is in the process of incorporating those comments into the Final GMP / EA.Grants Review CommentNot Applicable
Number Of Recommendations*17Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentFY 2020: No meetings were held and no recommendations were made.Access Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*79.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented Comment59% GMP5% Military EIS 15% MemorialAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*21.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented Comment21% GMP (final stage of gmp process, hopefully to have record of decision in 2016.10% Protecting the welfare and privacy of the remaining patients here at Kalaupapa.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentAccess is provided by requesting information by phone, 808-567-6802, or by email:
Agency Feedback Comment*Feedback is provided through the DFO/Park superintendent. The Park actively seeks the advice of the patient community on key issues and gives a verbal update report at each commission meeting.Narrative Description*The Commission provides support to the National Park Service by interaction with the Park Superintendent and understands the whole spectrum of park resources including natural and cultural.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$5,500.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$2,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$500.00
Total Costs$0.00Est. Total Next FY*$8,000.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.00Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.10
Cost RemarksThe Commission did not meet in FY 2020.Est Cost Remarks
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-035392Kalaupapa National Historical Park Advisory Commission2019
 COM-033260Kalaupapa National Historical Park Advisory Commission2018
 COM-001526Kalaupapa National Historical Park Advisory Commission2017
 COM-002794Kalaupapa National Historical Park Advisory Commission2016
 COM-003687Kalaupapa National Historical Park Advisory Commission2015
 COM-004853Kalaupapa National Historical Park Advisory Commission2014
 COM-005630Kalaupapa National Historical Park Advisory Commission2013
 COM-007038Kalaupapa National Historical Park Advisory Commission2012
 COM-007725Kalaupapa National Historical Park Advisory Commission2011
 COM-009155Kalaupapa National Historical Park Advisory Commission2010
 COM-009834Kalaupapa National Historical Park Advisory Commission2009
 COM-011084Kalaupapa National Historical Park Advisory Commission2008
 COM-011806Kalaupapa National Historical Park Advisory Commission2007
 COM-013076Kalaupapa National Historical Park Advisory Commission2006
 COM-013668Kalaupapa National Historical Park Advisory Commission2005
 COM-014945Kalaupapa National Historical Park Advisory Commission2004
 COM-015571Kalaupapa National Historical Park Advisory Commission2003
 COM-016893Kalaupapa National Historical Park Advisory Commission2002
 COM-017536Kalaupapa National Historical Park Advisory Commission2001
 COM-018790Kalaupapa National Historical Park Advisory Commission2000
 COM-019464Kalaupapa National Historical Park Advisory Commission1999
 COM-020772Kalaupapa National Historical Park Advisory Commission1998
 COM-021289Kalaupapa National Historical Park Advisory Commission1997