But Solomon didn't stop there. She says that another endangered species, green sea turtles, should have protections withdrawn as well.
"Now, I know it kind of plucks some people's heart strings, 'No don't delist them!'" the lawmaker mocked. "Well you know what, it is costing you money, costing the taxpayer money -- dollars we could use in other areas."
Likely since long before Hawaii was first inhabited by human settlers, the waters there have served as a crucial breeding ground for both humpback whales and green sea turtles. In the 1970s, after decades of being hunted to dangerously low levels, both species were granted legal protections and have since seen their numbers rebound, but it is unclear if they have returned to historic levels.
The NOAA is currently reviewing the statuses of humpbacks and green sea turtles.