Public Notice | January 2024

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Cultural Impact Assessment: Waikīkī Aquarium

Pacific Consulting Services, Inc., on behalf of the University of Hawaiʻi is conducting a Cultural Impact Assessment (CIA) for a proposed project to upgrade the water intake system at the Waikīkī Aquarium located at 2777 Kalākaua Avenue in Waikīkī Ahupuaʻa, Honolulu (Kona) District, Oʻahu (TMK: (1) 3-1-031:006). The proposed project is intended to upgrade the Waikīkī Aquarium’s outdated intake water system infrastructure to prevent future failures that threaten the life and wellbeing of the animals. The CIA team is seeking to engage with cultural practitioners and other interested parties with knowledge of the area around the Aquarium who can advance our understanding of historic properties, as well as cultural, traditional, and customary practices. The CIA is being compiled in accordance with Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes (HRS) 343, which provides regulatory oversight for environmental reviews, and will be included in the Draft Environmental Assessment for the project. If you would like to provide information and share your manaʻo, please email us at info@pcsihawaii.com.

Consultation Request: Kahilinaʻi Place and ʻAiea Heights Drive

Notice to interested parties is hereby given that the Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH), on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), invites you to participate in the consultation process under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966 for the Kahilinaʻi Place and ʻAiea Heights Drive Water System Improvements project (TMKs: [1] 9-9-023:999, 024:999, 025:999, 035:999, 036:999, and 070:999 [Kahilinaʻi Place, ʻAiea Heights Drive, Aheahe Street, Kanaloa Street, and Hakina Street]).

The project consists of the installation of 4,325 feet of waterline on Kahilinaʻi Place, ʻAiea Heights Drive, Aheahe Street, and Hakina Street in ʻAiea, ʻEwa District, Oʻahu. The Area of Potential Effect (APE) is 4.37 acres.

Pursuant to 36 CFR Part 800.3(f), DOH seeks to engage with cultural practitioners and other individuals who can provide information concerning cultural, historical, or natural resources that may be present within the APE for the purpose of understanding traditional cultural properties, cultural practices, and customary practices. The information gathered will be used for decision-making purposes.

If interested in sharing your manaʻo regarding traditional cultural properties, cultural practices, and customary practices within the APE, please email PCSI at info@pcsihawaii.com; write us at Kahilinaʻi WSI, c/o Pacific Consulting Services, Inc., 1130 North Nimitz Hwy, Suite C-300, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817; or by visiting www.pcsihawaii.com/aiea-wsi-106. We would appreciate a written or verbal response within 30 days of this notices posting. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cultural Impact Assessment: Kamehameha highway project

SWCA Environmental Consultants (SWCA) is conducting a cultural impact assessment (CIA) in support of the City and County of Honolulu, Department of Design and Construction’s proposed Rehabilitation of Streets, Unit 73C Kamehameha Highway project. This project includes the rehabilitation of Kamehameha Highway from north of Heʻeia Stream to Kahekili Highway, within the ahupuaʻa of Heʻeia and Kahaluʻu, in the moku of Koʻolaupoko. The proposed project will involve asphalt pavement resurfacing, shoreline protection measures, erosion protection measures, guardrail work and a proposed realignment of an approximately 3,000 linear foot section of Kamehameha Hwy inland in the location of the currently undeveloped Heʻeia Kea Valley Nature Park.

As part of this study, SWCA is attempting to identify and consult with individuals possessing knowledge of the past and present cultural uses of the project area. We seek your kōkua and manaʻo regarding the following aspects of our study:

  • Help in identifying kamaʻāina who might be willing to share their cultural knowledge of the project area
  • Information on the present and past land use of the project area
  • Information on place names and cultural traditions associated with the project area
  • Knowledge of traditional gathering practices within the project area, both past and ongoing
  • Information on any current cultural practices being carried out within the project area

We appreciate any information you would be willing to share. Please contact us at Wainani.Traub@swca.com or by phone at (808) 646-6309.