Archive for the ‘Nani Kahuku Aina Resort’ Category
By now, most everyone in Ka`u knows about the Nani Kahuku `Aina resort proposal.
This is a very serious proposition with strong support on both sides of the controversy. The effect that this development will have on the area is not fully understood.
Numerous groups have stepped forward with concerns about the effect the development will have on the pristine Ka`u coastline, while others worry about off-shore fishing conditions or of the unwitting (or otherwise) destruction of currently unknown archeological/cultural sites on the selected land parcel, which is currently conservation land.
Pro resort groups or individuals have based their support of the project on the economic benefits the communities of Ka`u will receive, due to both the future influx of tourists and the conveniences the resort will have to offer to the Kama`aina, or residents of the area.
This disagreement appears to be far from over.
Tomorrow is the deadline for comments on the project. Regardless of your position on the development, please take the time to state your opinion. This affects all of us. We will be seeing the effect that this decision will have for years to come. Let us take time to reflect on both sides of the argument, and make our voices heard.
Testimonies must be received by November 6, 2011.
‘Aina Koa Pono (AKP) will be present for a community update at the Pahala Community Center on September 19, 2011 at 6:30PM. Principals and management of AKP will be on hand to answer questions and statements from attendees. The public is encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
- The deadline to submit testimony on Kahuku Villages Draft EIS may be extended until November 6, 2011, tentatively based on assuming the Kahuku Village planners submit the missing information. This update is based on information from the Office of Environmental Quality Control and the County’s Planning Department.
District 6 – Upper Puna, Ka’u, South Kona
Councilmember Brittany Smart
25 Aupuni Street
Hilo, HI 96720
I finally heard back from the Hawaii State Historic Preservation Division. They have confirmed that the developers have submitted the draft Environmental Impact Study and the Archaeological Inventory Survey. I was told that people familiar with the area will be reviewing the documents soon and that the deadline for comments is September 21, 2011. So if you have any comments to make about this you need to get them in soon.
If everything looks good and there are not many negative comments we should see this land get re-zoned and work can start within a year or two.
I tried to find out if they knew of any large development occurring in Ka’u. And they said they didn’t know of any but the only way to be sure is to look up the TMK numbers. So I will be doing this in the next week or so. If they do not know of any development I will certainly inform them of this. If they do know I will request information as to the status of their findings.
This article here claims:
“More importantly, the developer and their consultant, PBR Hawai’i, have already revealed their lack of consideration for the Native Hawaiian people and their culture by not disclosing in the EISPN that Nani Kahuku ‘Aina must go through the National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 process.”
I have it on VERY GOOD AUTHORITY that Pohue Bay has one of the largest Petroglyph sites on the islands along with numerous house sites, religious and agricultural features and the kings trail. Before anything is alowed to be developed in this area there needs to be a complete cultural inventory of the area to determine the full extent of these cultural features. I believe that this has not been performed.
If it is true that the developer is trying to do an end run around the Hawaii State Preservation Society we need to do whatever it takes to stop them and make them do whatever it takes to inventory this site and preserve everything that is there for the Hawaiian culture and for the citizens of this state. It does not matter if it takes a year or more they must follow and respect our laws here.
Whether we can stop this development or not I am not sure. But the first step in this development is to make them abide by our laws. This will preserve everything that is in Pohue Bay for the Hawaiian culture, the people of Hawaii, future generations and those who want to study and learn about the Hawaiian culture.
I welcome your comments.