Pub­lic In­put Re­quested For Planned Kalaeloa Her­itage Park

MidWeek Islander (West Oahu) - - Front Page - By RASA FOURNIER

A cul­tural her­itage park is in the plan­ning stages for Kalaeloa, and the Hawaii Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Author­ity wel­comes pub­lic in­ter­est and in­volve­ment.

The 77 acres un­der con­sid­er­a­tion for Kalaeloa Her­itage Park, which was once part of Bar­bers Point Naval Air Sta­tion, was trans­ferred last month to the HCDA, an af­fil­i­ate of the Depart­ment of Busi­ness Eco­nomic De­vel- op­ment and Tourism.

HCDA mem­bers have been meet­ing with the Kapolei Hawai­ian Civic Club and other mem­bers of the com­mu­nity for the past two years to dis­cuss preser­va­tion of the land, which is a site of cul- tu­ral sig­nif­i­cance lo­cated on the Wa­ianae side of Co­ral Sea Road, just north of the Tripoli Road in­ter­sec­tion.

“The land has sink holes and dif­fer­ent fea­tures that have not been dis­turbed by the Navy, so we’re try­ing to pre- serve that par­tic­u­lar area,” said Te­sha Malama, di­rec­tor of plan­ning and devel­op­ment. “Ul­ti­mately we’re think­ing we would like to see an in­ter­pre­tive cen­ter where sig­nif­i­cant sites can be viewed (and there can be) a hik­ing trail, ed­u­ca­tional tours and cul­tural prac­ti­tion­ers per­pet­u­at­ing the prac­tices that were sig­nif­i­cant to Kalaeloa and Hawaii.”

The park was ac­counted for un­der the des­ig­na­tion of open space/recre­ational area in the Kalaeloa Mas­ter Plan that was ap­proved in 2006. As part of that orig­i­nal plan, ac­cord­ing to Malama, the park would in­clude “mixed-use devel­op­ment, re­new­able en­er­gies, re­served hous­ing, re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity and the es­tab­lish­ment of a Na­tive Hawai­ian Cul­tural Cen­ter to pro­mote the pro­tec­tion of the cul­tural re­sources in the district.”

Malama added that HCDA is work­ing to get three ad­di­tional parcels of area land that would be used for re­new­able en­ergy projects. A planned so­lar farm, for ex­am­ple, would be go in across the street and would use pho­to­voltaic and con­cen­trated so­lar re­sources to fund a start­ing bud­get for the pro­posed park.

The pub­lic is in­vited to a meet­ing about the project from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to­day (Nov. 24) at the HCDA Kapolei Field Of­fice in the James Camp­bell SquareKapolei Build­ing, 1001 Kamok­ila Blvd., Suite 167.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Malama at 692-7245 or Pear­lyn Fukuba at 692-7244.

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