Public Notice | September 2022

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Cultural Impact Assessment: Kamehamenui Forest Reserve

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 Kamehamenui Forest Reserve located on Tax Map Key (TMK) (2) 2-3-005:002, Kamehamenui Ahupuaʻa, Kula District, Maui Island. Part of the vision for this forest reserve is to provide access to mauka recreational opportunities. As such, DOFAW is proposing to construct roughly 25 miles of public access trails (a portion of which will connect with the existing trails in the Kula Forest Reserve), vehicular parking areas, and an archery range.

To identify and develop strategies to prevent or mitigate potential impacts on culturally valued resources or traditional customary practices, ASM Affiliates is seeking consultation with community members that have long-standing cultural connections to this area; might know about traditional cultural uses of the project area; or who are involved in any ongoing cultural practices that may be occurring within or in the general vicinity of the project area. 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.

Cultural Impact Assessment: KS Makalawena Integrated Resource Management Plan

On behalf of Kamehameha Schools (KS), ASM Affiliates is preparing a Cultural Impact Assessment in support of the HRS Chapter 343 Environmental Assessment (EA) being prepared for the KS Makalawena Integrated Resource Management Plan (IRMP) for a 110-acre coastal portion of TMK: (3) 7-2-004:001, Makalawena Ahupuaʻa, North Kona District Island of Hawaiʻi.

KS is proposing to conduct natural resources management and stewardship activities at Makalawena to revitalize and strengthen Makalawena’s historical and cultural identity through appropriate management and promotion of stewardship. Proposed natural resources management involves the restoration, repair, and maintenance of anchialine pools, removal of invasive species, and restoring native coastal vegetation. Stewardship activities involve the installation of interpretive signage and the development of community-based programs to integrate the restoration and protection of natural, marine, historical, and cultural resources at a community level. Associated infrastructure to support these activities would include the creation of a caretaker site, coastal campsites, walking trails, and a viewing platform overlooking the Kapoʻikai Pond (aka Ōpaeʻula Pond), which was designated a National Wildlife Refuge in 1978.

ASM is in search of kamaʻāina (persons who have genealogical connections and or are familiar from childhood with the ʻāina) of Makalawena. 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.

Cultural Impact Assessment: Iwilei Infrastructure Improvement Master Plan

On behalf of the Department of Accounting and General Services, and its planning consultant, PBR HAWAII & Associates, we are conducting a Cultural Impact Assessment of the Iwilei Infrastructure Improvement Master Plan project area in support of master planning efforts and environmental compliance with Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes Chapter 343. The proposed project includes: (1) the Iwilei Infrastructure Master Plan, which will focus on infrastructure facilities that serve regional or area-wide scales and public investments required to advance Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) based on the City and County of Honolulu Kalihi and Downtown Neighborhood TOD Plans; and (2) the Liliha Civic Center site (TMK [1] 1-5-007:001), which is being considered for development/redevelopment that may include offices and space for State programs, new affordable housing, commercial/retail uses and/or open space. 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 manaʻo 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 Hawaiʻi) at mookahan@gmail.com if you would like to contribute to this study. Mahalo!

Burial Notice: Pōhakuloa Training Area

The US Army Garrison Hawaiʻi is seeking claimants to participate in consultation to develop a comprehensive agreement under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 43 CFR 10.4 and 10.5 for Pōhakuloa Training Area (PTA) (including Bradshaw Airfield, Cantonment, and the Keʻāmuku Maneuver Area) in the Kaʻohe, Humuʻula [TMK: (3)3-8-001:001 and (3)3-8-001:013], Waimea [TMK: (3)6-7-001:045], and Puʻuanahulu [TMK: (3)7-1-004:006] Ahupuaʻa.

Four inadvertent discoveries occurred in lands controlled by the Army in the Kaʻohe ahupuaʻa, Hāmākua District, Hawaiʻi Island, Hawaiʻi [TMK: (3) 4-4-016:001 and TMK: (3)7-1-004:007]. Three discoveries of human remains and one discovery of likely sacred objects were encountered during environmental surveys and remain in place. No associated funerary objects, unassociated funerary objects, or objects of cultural patrimony were observed. Based on the context and locations, these remains are presumed to be Native Hawaiian and pursuant to 43 CFR § 10.2(d)(1) are subject to the requirements of NAGPRA.

Notice is here given in accordance with NAGPRA, requesting claimants of lineal descent or cultural affiliation to participate in the development of a comprehensive agreement to develop a systematic plan for treatment and custody for cultural items on PTA.

Representatives of Native Hawaiian organizations and/or individuals that wish to make a claim and participate in the development of a comprehensive agreement are requested to email the USAG-HI Cultural Resources Section at usarmy.hawaii.crmp@mail.mil or (808) 655-9707 ASAP to participate in consultation.