Public Notice | August 2022

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Cultural Impact Assessment Notice: Puna, Hawaiʻi Island

Information requested by Scientific Consultant Services, Inc. of cultural resources, past and/or ongoing cultural practices on or nearby to TMK: (3) 1-4-001:001, 002, and 019 located in Kapoho Ahupuaʻa, Puna District, Hawaiʻi Island, Hawaiʻi. Cultural practices information provided by respondents will be included in a Cultural Impact Analysis for the proposed Puna Geothermal Venture Repower Project. Please respond within 30 days to Glenn Escott at (808) 938-0968 or ggescott@yahoo.com.

Seeking Public Comment: Waikolu valley

Kalaupapa National Historical Park (KNHP) proposes to clear the overgrown Waikolu Foot Path and the previously established middle and upper landing zones. Clearing is needed to support Natural Resources field operations in Waikolu Valley for activities like animal control for introduced deer, pigs, goats, water quality vital signs monitoring, stream monitoring, bird surveys. The foot path is the only way for KNHP staff, researchers, and partner agencies to access the valley. The Area of Potential Effect (APE) is the foot trail that runs parallel to the stream, extending from the mouth of Waikolu Stream, about 3.3 km, to the pump house and includes the middle and upper landing zones.

Waikolu Valley is remote and field work often requires assistance by helicopter to transport personnel, sampling equipment, heavy tools, camping/cooking supplies for multi-day projects. It is also critical to health and safety for personnel should extraction by helicopter be needed in the event of injury or other emergency.

KNHP seeks information from the Molokaʻi community, Native Hawaiian Organizations, stakeholders and other individuals on historic properties or existing cultural resources that may be impacted by the proposed project. Clearing the foot trail and landing zones will allow the KNPS to continue managing the natural and cultural resources in Waikolu. If you have information to share, please respond to Ka’ohulani McGuire (kaohulani_mcguire@nps.gov) or by U.S. Postal Service to Kalaupapa National Historical Park, P.O. Box 2222, Kalaupapa, HI 96742. Please respond by Sept. 2, 2022.