Public Notice | October 2022

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Cultural Impact Assessment: Phase II expansion of the Ocean View Transfer Station, Kaʻū District, Hawaiʻi Island

On behalf of County of Hawaiʻi, Department of Environmental Management (DEM), ASM Affiliates is preparing a Cultural Impact Assessment in support of the HRS Chapter 343 Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) being prepared for the Phase II expansion of the Ocean View Transfer Station located on a 9-acre portion of a 21.64-acre parcel (TMK: (3) 9-2-0150:060 located in Kahuku Ahupuaʻa, Kaʻū District, Island of Hawaiʻi.

The DEM is proposing to expand the use of the existing Ocean View Transfer Station beyond what was included in the Phase I Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). DEM is now planning to expand the existing facility from a community transfer station to a regional solid waste facility with residential and commercial components, along with source separated materials for recycling, green waste grinding/mulching, Ewaste disposal, HI-5 redemption, special events, and special programs. Other components of the project includes infrastructure including scale(s) and scalehouse, baseyard, water catchment, vehicular circulation areas, access, and parking.

ASM is in search of kamaʻāina (persons who have genealogical connections and or are familiar from childhood with the ʻāina) of Kahuku. 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, lbrandt@asmaffiliates.com, phone (808) 969-6066, mailing address ASM Affiliates 507A E. Lanikaula Street, Hilo, HI 96720. Mahalo.


Burial Notice: Halepaʻo Bay, North Kona District, Hawaiʻi Island

NOTICE TO INTERESTED PARTIES IS HEREBY GIVEN that a historic cemetery, designated as State Inventory of Historic Places (SIHP) 50-10-27-27384, was found to be impacted by storm wave surge disturbance and ongoing erosional impacts from wave activity. The cemetery is located in Halepaʻo Bay, Keahuolū Ahupuaʻa, North Kona District, Hawaiʻi Island, TMK: (3) 7-4-008:002.

Following the procedures of the Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes (HRS) Chapter 6E-43, and Hawaiʻi Administrative Rules (HAR) Chapter 13-300, these remains are believed to be over 50 years old. Based on the context of the finds, they are most likely Native Hawaiian.

Background research indicates that during the Mahele, the entire ahupuaʻa of Keauhuolū was awarded to Ane Keohokālole through Land Commission Award (LCA) 8452: Apana 12 (Royal Patent 6851). The six kuleana (makaʻainana) LCA claims granted in Keahuolū are located mauka of the Upper Government Road. No kuleana lands were granted in the coastal areas of Keahuolū where SIHP -27384 is located. The landowner is the Liliʻuokalani Trust, and the contact person is: Mana Purdy, 1100 Alakea Street, Suite 1100, Honolulu, HI 96813 [TEL (808) 203-6150, FAX (808) 203-6151].

The landowner has proposed preservation in place for SIHP 50-10-27-27384, alongside development and implementation of preservation measures to mitigate shoreline erosional effects; however, the decision to preserve in place or relocate these previously identified human remains shall be made by the Hawaiʻi Island Burial Council in consultation with the State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD) and any recognized lineal and/or cultural descendants, per the requirements of HAR Chapter 13-300-33. Appropriate treatment shall occur in accordance with HAR Chapter 13-300-38.

All persons having any knowledge of the identity or history of these iwi kūpuna are requested to immediately contact Mr. Jordan Calpito, Hawaiʻi Island Burial Sites Specialist, at 40 Poʻokela Street, Hilo, Hawaiʻi, 96720 [TEL (808) 933-7653, FAX (808) 933-7655].

All interested parties shall respond within thirty (30) days of this notice and file descendancy claim forms and/or provide information to the SHPD adequately demonstrating lineal descent from these designated burials or cultural descent from ancestors buried in the same ahupuaʻa or district.