CULTURAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT: KAPĀPALA KOA CANOE MANAGEMENT AREA, KAʻŪ DISTRICT, HAWAIʻI ISLAND
On behalf of the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), ASM Affiliates is preparing a Cultural Impact Assessment to inform an Environmental Assessment (EA) being prepared for the Kapāpala Koa Canoe Management Area located on Tax Map Key (TMK) (3) 9-8-001:014, Kapāpala Ahupuaʻa, Kaʻū District, Hawaiʻi Island. The primary purpose of this management area is to provide for the sustainable supply of koa (Acacia koa) trees for the construction of traditional koa canoes. Secondary management objectives include native forest and watershed protection, protection of forest bird habitat, collaboration with educational and community groups, and access for certain recreational activities
ASM is in search of kamaʻāina (persons who have genealogical connections and or are familiar from childhood with the ‘āina) of Kapāpala or practitioners specializing in kālaiwaʻa (canoe carving). ASM is seeking information about the area’s cultural resources and or cultural uses of the project area; and past and or ongoing cultural practices that have or continue to occur within the project area. ASM is also seeking input regarding strategies to prevent or mitigate potential impacts on culturally valued resources or traditional customary practices. If you have and are willing to share any such information, please contact Lokelani Brandt, email@example.com, phone (808) 969-6066, mailing address ASM Affiliates 507A E. Lanikaula Street, Hilo, HI 96720. Mahalo.
BURIAL NOTICE: Blaisdell Redevelopment Parking Area
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a burial site, designated as State Inventory of Historic Places (SIHP) 50-80-14-09148, was identified by Pacific Legacy, Inc. during the course of an archaeological inventory survey related to the Blaisdell Redevelopment Parking Area and Trash Compactor Facility Improvements Project, Honolulu, O‘ahu, TMK:  2-3-008:001. Based on the context of the finds, these remains are believed to be over 50 years old and most likely Native Hawaiian.
The project area is within the ‘ili of Kewalo, awarded during the Māhele to Kamake‘e and Iona Pi‘ikoi through Land Commission Award (LCA) 10605 (Royal Patent 5715). The closest kuleana LCA award to the burial site is LCA 200, awarded to Kaina. The landowner is the City & County of Honolulu (Contact: John Condrey, 650 South King Street, 9th Floor, Honolulu, Hawai‘i, 96813 [TEL (808) 768-8478, FAX (808) 768-4000]).
The landowner has proposed preservation in place for SIHP 50-80-14-09148; however, per the requirements of Hawai‘i Administrative Rules (HAR) Chapter 13-300-33, the burial treatment decision (preservation in place or relocation) shall be made by the O‘ahu Island Burial Council in consultation with the State Historic Preservation Division and any recognized lineal and/or cultural descendants.
All persons having any knowledge of the identity or history of these iwi kupuna, or interested in filing a lineal or cultural descendancy claim, are requested to immediately contact Ms. Regina Hilo, O‘ahu Burial Sites Specialist, SHPD, at 601 Kamokila Boulevard, Room 555, Kapolei, Hawai‘i 96707 [TEL (808) 692-8015, FAX (808) 692-8020].
Cultural Impact Assessment: Kaʻanapali
On behalf of the project owner, Paki Maui AOAO, we are conducting a Cultural Impact Assessment of the Paki Maui Condominium Project in support of a Conservation District Use permit from the State of Hawai‘I in compliance with Hawai‘i Revised Statutes Chapter 343. The project is at 3601 Lower Honoapiilani Road along the Ka‘anapali coast in portions of TMK (2) 4-4-001:050 & 051. Honokōwai Beach Park is the adjacent property to the north. The proposed project includes: (1) Repairs to an existing seawall fronting the property along the ocean, (2) Demolition of two existing stairways, and (3) Construction of a new stairway. We want to ensure that, by consulting with knowledgeable individuals and organizations, including recognized descendants and other stakeholders, we have done our best to seek out those who may wish to share their mana‘o regarding (1) the identity and scope of “valued cultural, historical, or natural resources” in the petition area, including the extent to which traditional and customary native Hawaiian rights are exercised in the petition area; (2) the extent to which those resources—including traditional and customary native Hawaiian rights—will be affected or impaired by the proposed action; and (3) feasible action/s, if any, to be taken to reasonably protect native Hawaiian rights if they are found to exist. Please contact Chris Monahan (TCP Hawai‘i) at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to contribute to this study. Mahalo!