Public Notice | November 2023


Cultural Impact Assessment: Keahuolū, North Kona, Hawaiʻi

On behalf of the Liliʻuokalani Trust, Helen Wong Smith is preparing a Cultural Impact Assessment to inform a Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes Chapter 343 Environmental Assessment being prepared for the proposed Makalapua Project District —located within the ahupuaʻa of Keahuolū in the district of North Kona on the Island of Hawaiʻi. The District is comprised of two sections of Trust lands, 213 acres [TMK: (3)-7-4-008:002 por.] and 110 acres [TMK (3) 7-4-008:002 Por., (3) 7-4-025:001, 002, 003, 005, 007, 010, 011, 012, 013, 014, 015, 016, 017, 018, 019, 020, 021, 022] ma kai Queen Kaʻahumanu and ma uka of the Kona Airport Recreation Area along Kuakini Highway. The district extends north from Makala Blvd toward Pāwai Bay and south at Kaiwi Street. If you have such information, please contact Helen Wong Smith, Archival and Historical Consultant at, phone (808) 987-4854. Mahalo for your mānaʻo and kōkua.

Cultural Impact Assessment Notice: Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauaʻi

International Archaeology, LLC., on behalf of the United States Department of the Navy (Navy) and the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on the island of Kauaʻi, is conducting a Cultural Impact Assessment (CIA) and seeks input from kamaʻāina, cultural practitioners, and other stake-holding parties with knowledge of indigenous cultural practices for the area around PMRF and specifically the Moku of Kona, Kauaʻi. The CIA is being conducted to support an HRS Chapter 343 Environmental Impact Statement for a proposal to pursue new real estate agreements with the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources. Several existing leases and easements on State lands that make up a portion of the PMRF installation will expire between 2027 and 2030. The new agreements would be needed to support the continued operation of the PMRF installation on Kauaʻi. Individuals willing to share any information that can increase our understanding of cultural resources and past or ongoing cultural practices within the area can contact: Kaumaka Anae (808) 237-9322 or

Cultural Impact Assessment: Kalama Intermediate School Building Project – Makawao, Maui

SWCA Environmental Consultants (SWCA) is conducting a cultural impact assessment (CIA) in support of the State of Hawaiʻi, Department of Education’s proposed Samuel E. Kalama Intermediate School (KIS) administration building project. This project is located within the ahupuaʻa of Makawao, in the moku of Hāmākuapoko, on the mokupuni of Maui. KIS is situated on an approximately 10.4-acre parcel in TMK (2) 2-4-032:109. As part of this study, SWCA is attempting to identify and consult with individuals and organizations 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, kūpuna, and other individuals 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
  • Any other cultural concerns the community might have related to Hawaiian cultural practices within or in the vicinity of the project area

We appreciate any information you would be willing to share regarding the project area and those individuals knowledgeable about its past and present cultural uses. Please contact us at or by phone at (808) 646-6309 or at or by phone at (808) 892-3432.

Notice of Public Consultation: Puakō Waterline Replacement Project, Lālāmilo Ahupuaʻa, District of South Kohala, Island of Hawaiʻi

Notice is hereby given that the Hawaiʻi County Department of Water Supply (COH-DWS) seeks to utilize the State of Hawaiʻi’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), which are federal funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and are administered by the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health (DOH), to replace the existing waterline beneath Puakō Beach Drive. The use federal funds make the proposed waterline replacement project subject to review under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

The proposed undertaking involves the replacement of approximately 11,000 linear feet of 8-inch and 12-inch waterline, situated beneath the 40-foot wide Puakō Beach Drive right of way (ROW), that is deteriorating and prone to leaks and breaks. Ground disturbance associated with the project will include trenching to replace the existing main waterline and lateral waterlines within the Puakō Beach Drive ROW. All improvements will be underground except for the addition of new above ground fire hydrants. The existing underground waterlines will be abandoned in place, but all old water infrastructure above grade will be removed and disposed of. Road repaving will occur following the trenching.

Pursuant to Section 106 of the NHPA, the agencies involved seek public consultation with respect to the identification and protection of any potential historic properties. If you are interested in participating in this process please contact Mr. Keith K. Okamoto, P.E. with the County of Hawaiʻi Department of Water Supply, via email at, or by U.S. Postal Service to the County of Hawaiʻi Department of Water Supply (Attn: Mr. Keith K. Okamoto, P.E.), 345 Kekuanaoa St., Ste. #20, Hilo, HI 96720.

Notice of Public Consultation: Multiple Ahupuaʻa (Oʻahu)

The Federal Highway Administration and State of Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation (HDOT) propose the Traffic Signal Controller Installation and Adaptive Traffic Signal Control Technology at Various Locations Project, Island of Oʻahu, Federal-Aid Project Number STP-0300(189). The proposed project is located at various traffic signal locations on the island of Oʻahu. The HDOT Oʻahu Traffic Signal Inventory and City and County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services (DTS) Oʻahu Traffic Signal Inventory are available at

The proposed project will install new traffic signal controllers in existing cabinets at locations on the HDOT Oʻahu Traffic Signal Inventory, and intersections C138 and C139 on the DTS Oʻahu Traffic Signal Inventory. Adaptive traffic control systems, which include magnetometer sensors cored 3” deep into existing pavement, will be installed at locations indicated on the HDOT Oʻahu Traffic Signal Inventory. New traffic signal controllers may be installed by the City and County of Honolulu through cooperative purchasing agreement at locations on the DTS Oʻahu Traffic Signal Inventory.

There will be no new ground disturbance. The area of potential effect (APE) is completely in the roadway and existing disturbed areas.

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 APE are requested to contact Tara Lucas,, (808) 692-7696 within 30 days of notice.