Public Notice | April 2022

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Cultural Impact Assessment: WāIakea Uka Community Center Master Plan

ASM Affiliates is preparing a Cultural Impact Assessment to inform an Environmental Assessment (EA) being prepared for the proposed Waiākea Uka Community Center Master Plan. The project area is roughly 5.5-acres and includes the lower baseball field, the gymnasium, playground, gravel parking lot, and the adjacent undeveloped lot, TMK parcels: (3) 2-4-035:001, 002, and a portion of 004, Waiākea Ahupuaʻa, South Hilo District, Island of Hawaiʻi.

The purpose of the Waiākea Uka Community Center Master Plan is to provide conceptual plans for the development of additional on-site parking near the existing gym as well as near the lower ball field and a new community center.

ASM is seeking consultation with community members that have long-standing cultural connections to this area, might have knowledge of traditional cultural uses of the proposed project area; or who are involved in any ongoing cultural practices that may be occurring on or in the general vicinity of the project area. If you have and are willing to share any such information, please contact Lokelani Brandt lbrandt@asmaffiliates.com, phone (808) 969-6066, mailing address ASM Affiliates 507-A E. Lanikaula Street, Hilo, HI 96720. Mahalo.

Notice of Inadvertent Discovery: Kahuku Training Area

Two burial sites were inadvertently discovered in the sea cliffs on lands owned by the U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii at Kahuku Training Area in Pahipahiālua ʻAhupua’a, Ko’olauloa Moku, O’ahu, Hawai’i [TMK: (1) 5-7-002:001]. Archaeologists from the U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii visited the suspected burial sites and confirmed the presence of human skeletal remains in November 2021. Based on the context and location, these remains are presumed to be Native Hawaiian and pursuant to 43 CFR § 10.2(d)(1) are subject to the requirements of NAGPRA. The minimum number of individuals at the first burial site is seven. The minimum number of individuals at the second burial site is two. Both burial sites are within about 100 meters of another burial site that was sealed in 2017 under a NAGPRA Plan of Action. Claimants that participated in the 2017 Plan of Action have been notified. Notice to regular consulting parties with NAGPRA interests for the area are being issued. Representatives of Native Hawaiian organizations and/or individuals that wish to claim lineal descent or cultural affiliation with the human remains in accordance with the NAGPRA process are requested to please email the Cultural Resources Section at usarmy.hawaii.crmp@mail.mil before May 1st, 2022 to participate in initial meetings.

Notice Of Consultation: Kūhiō Park Terrace Low Rise And Kūhiō Homes Redevelopment Project

The Hawaiʻi Public Housing Authority (HPHA) is evaluating the potential for impacts on historic resources for the Kūhiō Park Terrace Low Rise and Kūhiō Homes Redevelopment located at Kalihi in the Kona District of Oʻahu. The project anticipates receiving federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and is considered a federal undertaking as defined in Title 26 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 800.16(y) and is subject to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

The proposed Undertaking would demolish and replace the existing low-rise structures and redevelop the site as an affordable housing development of 625 Affordable Rental Units. The Undertaking will be contained on the A-2 zoned parcels north of Linapuni Street, Tax Map Key (TMK) (1) 1-3-039:003, :006, and :008. The proposed Area of Potential Effect (APE) comprises TMK (1) 1-3-039:003, :005, :006, :007, :008 :009, and :010. The HPHA has entered into a public/private partnership with Michaels Development, its affiliates and consultants to execute the Undertaking. Archaeological and architectural investigations are underway.

To participate in the Section 106 process, we request your written intent by the date specified below. Entitled consulting parties include the Advisory Council of Historic Preservation, State Historic Preservation Division, Historic Hawaiʻi Foundation, Native Hawaiian Organizations and Native Hawaiian descendants who may have ancestral lineal or cultural ties, knowledge, or religious attachment to the Undertaking site or concerns regarding the proposed Undertaking. If you are requesting Consulting Party status as an organization, please nominate one representative and an alternate to participate on behalf of your group.

Interested parties are requested to contact Katie Stephens (kstephensahl@gmail.com) or contact Christian O’Connor (coconnor@tmo.com) at the Michaels Organization, agent for HPHA, by April 30, 2022.

Cultural Impact Assessment Notice: Waimānalo, Oʻahu

Honua Consulting, LLC, is conducting a Cultural Impact Assessment (CIA) for the Waimānalo Health Center (WHC), in Waimānalo, Oʻahu Island, TMK [1] 4-1-009:279. WHC is proposing to construct a new healthcare facility. The CIA team is seeking consultation with practitioners, Native Hawaiian Organizations, stakeholders, and other individuals. Specifically, consultation is sought on a) identification of an appropriate geographic extent of study, b) historic or existing cultural resources that may be impacted by the proposed project, c) historic or existing traditional practices and/or beliefs that may be impacted by the proposed project, and d) identification of individuals or organizations that should be sought out for consultation on the CIA. Individuals or organizations interested in participating can contact the CIA team at community@honuaconsulting.com or (808) 392-1617.

Cultural Impact Assessment Notice: Waiākea, South Hilo, Hawaiʻi Island

Honua Consulting, LLC, is conducting a Cultural Impact Assessment (CIA) for the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in Waiākea, South Hilo, Hawaiʻi Island, TMK [3] 2-4-001:122. USGS is proposing to construct a new facility to support the Pacific Island Ecosystem Research Center (PIERC). The CIA team is seeking consultation with practitioners, Native Hawaiian Organizations, stakeholders, and other individuals. Specifically, consultation is sought on a) identification of an appropriate geographic extent of study, b) historic or existing cultural resources that may be impacted by the proposed project, c) historic or existing traditional practices and/or beliefs that may be impacted by the proposed project, and d) identification of individuals or organizations that should be sought out for consultation on the CIA. Individuals or organizations interested in participating can contact the CIA team at community@honuaconsulting.com or (808) 392-1617.