Public Notice | November 2020

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Environmental Impact Statement – Pōhakuloa Training Area

The Department of the Army is in the beginning stages of the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that analyzes the environmental and cultural effects of the proposed retention of up to approximately 23,000 acres of State-owned land at Pōhakuloa Training Area. The EIS is being prepared in accordance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes Chapter 343, and Hawaiʻi Administrative Rules Chapter 11-200.1. The project area is comprised of Tax Map Keys 4-4-015:008; 4-4-016:005; 3-8-001:013 & 022; and 7-1-004:007 in the ahupuaʻa of Kaʻohe Mauka on the Island of Hawaiʻi. At a minimum, the EIS shall consider three (3) action alternatives and a no action alternative. A Cultural Impact Assessment (CIA) will be prepared as part of the EIS. 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 may complete the CIA survey online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/PohakuloaCIA or contact the CIA team at community@honuaconsulting.com or (808) 392-1617. Questions or inquiries unrelated to the CIA will be directed to the EIS project team for review and response.