No impacts seen for Kiowea Park project
The Kalama'ula Homesteaders Association is anticipating a finding of no significant environmental impact for a project to build a new pavilion and restrooms at Kiowea Park, next to Molokai's historic Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove and about a mile west of Kaunakakai.
The 4,000-square-foot pavilion will be 40 feet wide, 100 feet long and 20 feet tall, according to the association's draft environmental assessment submitted to the state Office of Environmental Quality Control. (The draft document can be found online at oeqc.doh.hawaii.gov/Shared%20Documents/Environmental_Notice/current_issue.pdf.)
The new pavilion will be located 133 feet from the shoreline to protect it from coastal hazards such as storm surges, and it will have two restrooms, a certified kitchen, an office, a new septic system, parking and drainage improvements.
The improvements will upgrade facilities at a community park, located on more than half of a 5.15-acre parcel on Hawaiian Home Lands property. Existing facilities include a 700-square-foot pavilion, a restroom and shower, barbecue grills, a cesspool and a parking lot. Utilities include water, electricity and telephone service.
The state Department of Health has approved the association's proposed wastewater system, and the association is awaiting the processing of building, electrical and plumbing permits.
In the late 1990s, a first phase of park improvements included grading and filling areas, installation of irrigation and landscaping and upgrading of a cesspool to a septic system.
The Kalama'ula Homesteaders Association was granted a license in 2010 to manage the area and reinitiated a second phase of park improvements because facilities were no longer adequate to serve the needs of park users.
The park is used regularly by large groups for family reunions, graduation and baby parties and other gatherings, according to the draft environmental assessment.
June 7 is the deadline for public comments.
Written comments may be submitted to:
* The Kalama'ula Homesteaders Association, P.O. Box 1025, Kaunakakai 96748; Attention: Gayla Haliniak-Lloyd, (808) 553-5393.
* The state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Land Management Division, P.O. Box 1879, Honolulu 96707; Attention: Linda Chinn, administrator, (808) 620-9500.
* Architectural Drafting Service, P.O. Box 1718, Kaunakakai 96748; Attention: Luigi Manera, (808) 553-9045.