Public Notice | October 2020

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Notice Of Consultation Section 106 Of The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Pāpaʻaloa Elderly Housing Project PāPaʻAloa, Kaiwilahilahi Ahupuaʻa, North Hilo District, Island Of Hawaiʻi

TAX MAP KEY: (3) 3-5-003:049

The County of Hawaiʻi Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) anticipates receiving federal funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for proposed elderly housing project on a 2.5-acre parcel [Tax Map Key (TMK): (3) 3-5-003:049] located in Päpaʻaloa, Kaiwilahilahi Ahupuaʻa, North Hilo District, Island of Hawaiʻi. The proposed OHCD Project is subject to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

In response to housing needs, the OHCD is proposing to replace seven older COH elderly housing buildings with 12 new buildings. The Area of Potential Effect (APE) is TMK: (3) 3-5-003:049 and is 2.5 acres. The property is located between Old Mämalahoa Highway (Kekoa Camp Road) and Mämalahoa Highway. The APE is within a built environment that includes homes, parking lots and roads. There are no archaeological sites located on the property.

We welcome any information you can provide concerning historic properties, cultural sites or history of the project APE lands. If you know individuals or organizations that has knowledge of the proposed APE, or any descendants with ancestral, lineal or cultural ties to or knowledge of historic properties or past cultural practices associated with the lands of the proposed APE, we would appreciate receiving their contact information. NHOs and Native Hawaiian descendants with ancestral, lineal or cultural ties to lands of the proposed APE are asked to contact the OHCD delegated consultant listed below within 30 days of publication of this notice. Those interested are requested to contact Glenn Escott of Scientific Consultant Services, Inc. by email at ggescott@yahoo.com, or by mail at P.O. Box 155 Keaʻau, HI 96749-0155, or by phone at (808) 938-0968.

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 Pöhakuloa 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.

Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 4710.03: Consultation With Native Hawaiian Organizations (UPDATE PLANNED IN 2021)

The Department of Defense (DoD) is in the beginning stages of updating its 2011 consultation policy titled, Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 4710.03: Consultation With Native Hawaiian Organizations, by October 2021.

DoD reviewed and addressed comments gathered from the Native Hawaiian community during consultations held in fall of 2019 and prepared an updated draft of DoDI 4710.03. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions on travel, DoD cannot conduct in-person consultation with NHOs at this time. To ensure everyone’s safety, DoD invites NHOs to submit written comments on the latest draft of DoDI 4710.03 by November 6, 2020.

To obtain a copy of the latest draft of the update to the DoD policy, please email DoD_NativeAffairs@keresnm.com. Please submit comments to DoD_NativeAffairs@keresnm.com.

DoD looks forward to hearing more ideas from Native Hawaiian Organizations (NHOs) about how the Department can improve this consultation policy and help ensure pre-decisional, meaningful, and respectful consultation with the Native Hawaiian community.

Mahalo for your time and consideration.

Notice Of Consultation: Section 106 Of The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Of 1966, Central Section Of Ke Ala Kahawai O Waimea, Kamuela (Waimea), Lālāmilo Ahupuaʻa, District Of South Kohala, Island Of Hawaiʻi

Notice is hereby given that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the County of Hawaiʻi Department of Public Works (DPW) are proposing improvements/construction within a 1.1-mile-long central section of Ke Ala Kahawai O Waimea, or “the stream trail of Waimea,” in Kamuela (Waimea), Ahupuaʻa of Lälämilo, District of South Kohala, Island of Hawaiʻi. The proposed project is considered a federal undertaking as defined in Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966, as amended (2006).

The proposed project will be a multi-use 1.1-mile long bicycle and pedestrian path through Waimea, following alongside Waiköloa Stream. The project includes paving an existing path that runs west from Lindsey Road and terminates at the intersection of Kawaihae Road and Kahawai Street. Access to the existing path is located at Waimea Town Center, Waimea Nature Park, and Opelo Road. The proposed new paved path will range from 10 to 12 feet in width, and comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines for most of its length.

Pursuant to Section 106 of the NHPA, Native Hawaiian Organizations and Native Hawaiian descendants with ancestral, lineal or cultural ties to, cultural and historical property knowledge of and/or concerns for, and cultural or religious attachment to the proposed project area are requested to contact DPW. Other individuals and organizations with demonstrated legal, economic or historic preservation interest in the undertaking are asked to contact DPW and share information you may have on historical and cultural sites that you may have knowledge of within the proposed APE. We welcome any information within 30 days of notice.

Interested participants are requested to contact:

  • Natasha Soriano, Transportation Planner, County of Hawaiʻi Planning Department vial email at natasha.soriano@hawaiicounty.gov or by U.S. Postal Service to the County of Hawaiʻi Planning Department (Attn: Natasha Soriano, Transportation Planner) 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 3 Hilo, Hawaiʻi 96720, or
  • Ben Ishii, Project Manager, Hawaiʻi Department of Public Works, via email at ben.ishii@hawaiicounty.gov, or by U.S. Postal Service to the County of Hawaiʻi, Department of Public Works (Attn: Ben Ishii, Project Director) 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 7 Hilo, Hawaii, 96720.

Please respond within 30 days after the advertising date of this notice.