Department of Hawaiian Home Lands

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Will Continue to Seek Community Input on Big Island Critical Habitat Proposal

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 in Community News, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Hawaiian Homes Commission, News Releases, Public Information, Public Notice

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 2, 2013

Honolulu, HI – U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01), a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, announced the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold an additional public informational meeting on a proposal to designate almost 19,000 acres of land on the Big Island as critical habitat. USFWS will also reopen the public comment period until September 3, 2013.

“I am pleased USFWS will continue to seek community input about this proposal and help address some of the public’s unanswered questions,” said Hanabusa. “I had a very productive meeting with Director Dan Ashe last month about this issue, and I appreciate his support in establishing a positive relationship between USFWS and affected stakeholders. We are committed to finding a compromise that provides for our communities and protects our native species.”

On the Big Island, USFWS has proposed designating approximately 18,766 acres of land as critical habitat for three endangered plant species. More than 1/3 of the proposed lands are in private ownership and about 12,000 acres are owned by the State of Hawaii.

A public meeting was held on May 15, 2013, but interested parties were left with unanswered questions and concerns. The newly announced second meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at the West Hawaii Civic Center from 3-5 p.m.

For more information about the critical habitat proposal and the draft economic analysis, click here: http://www.fws.gov/pacificislands/.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:
D.C. – Ashley Nagaoka Boylan
Press Secretary | Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01)
238 Cannon HOB | Washington, DC 20515
(808)238-1724 | (202) 225-2726

Hawaii – Richard Rapoza
(808) 392-0780

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HHC Rejects Anahola Green Energy Project

Posted on Jun 28, 2013 in Beneficiary Consultation, Community News, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Hawaiian Homes Commission, Land Management Division, News Releases, Planning Office, Public Information, Public Notice

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Hawaiian Homes Commission Rejects Anahola Green Energy Project

Overwhelming Opposition by the Anahola Community

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2013

ANAHOLA, KAUA‘I — The Hawaiian Homes Commission rejected a proposal today by Green Energy Team, LLC, to lease 2,134 acres of Hawaiian home lands in Anahola for its proposed Anahola Renewable Energy Project.The 3-5 vote comes after two days of public feedback on the project, with 80 percent of testimony in opposition.

“While there were merits to the project, there were also a number of concerns that remained unresolved. I am encouraged that several in the Anahola community wanted a chance to be a part of the ultimate goal of getting these lands ready for homesteading. They want a chance to have their voices heard,” said Jobie Masagatani, Chair of the Hawaiian Homes Commission, and Director of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL), “We look forward to working closely with the people of Anahola to explore ideas on the future use of these lands.”

As proposed, the 20-year lease would have allowed Green Energy to clear existing albizia trees from DHHL’s Anahola lands and establish a tree plantation to fuel Green Energy’s $90-million biomass-to-energy facility in Kōloa.

In return, DHHL would have received monetary and other benefits, including improvements to Anahola lands.

Voting for the majority were Commissioners Perry Artates, Leimana DaMate, Gene Ross Davis, Renwick “Uncle Joe” Tassill, and Chair Masagatani.Commissioners Jeremy “Kama” Hopkins, Ian Lee Loy, and Michael Kahikina voted in support of the project.

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MEDIA CONTACT

Darrell T. Young
Deputy to the Chair
Department of Hawaiian Home Lands
(808) 620-9510
Darrell.T.Young@hawaii.gov

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Hawaiian Homes Commission On Kaua’i

Posted on Jun 28, 2013 in Beneficiary Consultation, Community News, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Hawaiian Homes Commission, Land Management Division, Planning Office, Public Information, Slider

Anahola Community Meeting held last night at Kapa'a Elementary School.

Anahola Community Meeting held last night at Kapa’a Elementary School.

The Hawaiian Homes Commission met with the Anahola community last night, and reconvened in a formal Commission meeting this morning, both meetings held at Kapa’a Elementary School.

The Commission is slated to make a final decision concerning a commercial lease to Green Energy Team for a renewable energy project in Anahola.

Anahola Community Meeting held last night at Kapa'a Elementary School.

Anahola Community Meeting held last night at Kapa’a Elementary School.

From this morning’s Hawaiian Homes Commission meeting in Kapa’a.

The Hawaiian Homes Commission meets this morning at Kapa'a Elementary School.

The Hawaiian Homes Commission meets this morning at Kapa’a Elementary School.

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Blasting to Resume at DHHL Construction Site in Waimea

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 in Community News, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Land Development Division, News Releases, Public Information, Public Notice

Blasting scheduled for July 8-31, from 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

WAIMEA, HAWAIʻI — The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is alerting residents, business owners and nearby property owners that its contractors Goodfellow Construction and Blasting Technology will be conducting further blasting activities between July 8 and July 31, 2013, to facilitate rock excavation at the construction site for Phase 2A of the Department’s Lālāmilo Subdivision, adjacent to the Waimea Transfer Station. Blasting will occur between 2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., as necessary. No blasting work is scheduled on weekends. This is a continuation of the blasting work done in April.

The public is being advised that Each blast will last a second or two. Prior to each detonation there will be a five-minute and then a one-minute warning signal. After each blast, an all-clear signal will be sounded.

Blasting results in a certain amount of noise, air movement, and tremors. The blast area will be blocked by guards and the site will be secured. Safety of the residents, surrounding property, and everyone involved on the project site is of utmost concern.

For questions or concerns about the blasting, residents may contact Blasting Technology at (808) 874-5554, or DHHL Project Manager Jeffrey Fujimoto at (808) 620-9274, or email Jeffrey.Y.Fujimoto@hawaii.gov. An official copy of the Notice of Blasting can be downloaded from the DHHL website.

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MEDIA CONTACT

Darrell T. Young
Deputy to the Chair
Department of Hawaiian Home Lands
(808) 620-9510
Darrell.T.Young@hawaii.gov

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‘Aina Mauna Legacy Program Humu’ula Game Management Pilot Project

Posted on Jun 21, 2013 in Beneficiary Consultation, Community News, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Hawaiian Homes Commission, Land Management Division, Public Information, Public Notice

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June 21,2013

Dear Hawai’i Island Beneficiaries:

This letter is an invitation for you to attend an upcoming informational Beneficiary Consultation meeting. Two meetings are scheduled; one for West Hawai’i communities and one for East Hawai’i communities. These meetings will provide information on a proposed ‘Aina Mauna Legacy Program demonstration game management pilot project on approximately 1,559 acres of Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) Humu’ula lands on Mauna Kea.

The purpose of this demonstration game management pilot project is to manage feral (wild) sheep on DHHL lands bordering the Saddle Road, restore native vegetation on nearby pu’u, and conduct research that will help direct future decisions about managing feral sheep and other game animals on DHHL lands. Only archery hunting will be allowed as proximity to Saddle Road makes gun hunting unsafe. Classes and training will be available to our beneficiaries to ensure that as many as possible are given the opportunity to hunt sheep and take home meat for their families.

We invite you to participate in these meetings to provide your feedback and input on the following days and times:

Place: Keaukaha School Cafeteria, Hilo (240 Desha Avenue)
Date: Friday, July 5, 2013
Time: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Place: Kuhio Hale, Waimea (55 Mile Marker, 64-756 Mamalahoa Hwy.)
Date: Monday, July 8, 2013
Time: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

I hope that you will make the time to attend to share your mana’o with us. If you have any questions, please contact us through our website, dhhl.hawaii.gov, under Beneficiary Consultations, or Mike Robinson at (808) 933-3480.

Aloha,

Jobie M. K. Masagatani, Chair
Hawaiian Homes Commission

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