Ka Wai Ola

CULTURAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT – Kawaihae and Lindsey road

ASM Affiliates is preparing a Cultural Impact Assessment (CIA) for a proposed roundabout at the intersection of Kawaihae Road and Lindsey Road, multimodal improvements along Kawaihae Road and Opelo Road, and intersection improvements at Māmalahoa/Lindsey Roads, Waimea, South Kohala, Hawai‘i. The CIA reports will serve as a companion document to the environmental documentation being prepared in compliance with Hawai‘i Revised Statutes Chapter 343 Environmental Review process. We are seeking consultation with community members that might have knowledge of traditional cultural uses of the proposed project area; or who are involved in any ongoing cultural practices that may be occurring on or in the general vicinity of the subject property, that may be impacted by the proposed project. If you have and can share any such information please contact Lokelani Brandt (lbrandt@asmaffiliates.com); phone (808) 969-6066, mailing address ASM Affiliates 507-A E. Lanikaula Street, Hilo, HI 96720.


Twenty Native Hawaiian human skeletal remains were identified to be at the University of Cambridge Duckworth Laboratory, United Kingdom, by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs during a review of their inventory. Subsequently, a formal inquiry was made regarding these iwi kūpuna in June 2013. Through research, it was determined that 17 of the iwi kūpuna likely came from the base of the Nu‘uanu Pali [Honolulu ahupua‘a, Kona moku, O‘ahu, and TMK (1)2-2-054:001] and were collected circa 1894. The remaining 3 iwi are believed to be from Honolulu and Wai‘alae areas and collected circa 1860, but more specific details are not known. All 20 iwi were returned to Hawai‘i in March 2020 and are now in the possession of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (authorized by the State Historic Preservation Division in accordance with Hawai‘i Administrative Rules 13-300-41).

Background research indicates that this area of Nu‘uanu is not associated with any known ‘ili or Land Commission Awards (LCA).

Given that only the approximate location of the original burial site is known, descendants will need to decide on a reinterment location. OHA has proposed exploring reinterment options near the Nu‘uanu Pali area. The prospective reinterment lands are owned by the State of Hawai‘i, Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR). DLNR is amenable to exploring this option and willing to work with OHA and descendants on a location.

All persons having any knowledge of the identity or history of these human remains are requested to immediately contact Kamakana Ferreira, OHA Lead Compliance Specialist, at email kamakanaf@oha.org, or phone 808-594-0227, or address 590 N. Nimitz Hwy, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96817.

All interested parties shall respond by June 30th, 2020, and file descendancy claim forms and/or provide information to the SHPD or OHA adequately demonstrating lineal descent from these designated burials or cultural descent from ancestors buried in the same ahupua‘a or district in line with the process established by HAR 13-300-35.