LALAMILO HOUS­ING PHASE 2A PROJECT RE­MAINS DOR­MANT IN WAIMEA

West Hawaii Today - - North Hawaii News - BY LANDRY FULLER AL­ICE JENK­INS LALAMILO

WAIMEA — Each time res­i­dents haul trash or re­cy­cling to Waimea Trans­fer Sta­tion they must drive by Lalamilo Phase 2A de­vel­op­ment, an un­fin­ished Hawai­ian Home Lands hous­ing project that sits dor­mant on the same street.

“A huge wa­ter tank was built and all in­fra­struc­ture is in, and has been in for years,” Al­ice Jenk­ins, a Waimea res­i­dent, said in an email. “Why isn’t this de­vel­op­ment be­ing built out?”

In­volved in the project are or­ga­ni­za­tions on the lo­cal, state and na­tional lev­els: Hawaii State De­part­ment of Health (DOH), the U.S. De­part­ment of Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment (HUD) and the De­part­ment of Hawai­ian Home Lands (DHHL).

“To my knowl­edge it has to do with UXOs in the greater Lalamilo area, and a more de­tailed dis­tinc­tion of what is ac­cepted and what is con­sid­ered ‘cleared’ by HUD and other reg­u­la­tory agen­cies,” Dis­trict 9 Coun­cil­man Tim Richards said. “When I was in D.C. last month I asked Sen. Schatz’ of­fice to look into this and see where it is stuck.”

Fur­ther de­vel­op­ment is de­pen­dent on HUD re­ceiv­ing a Con­di­tional No Fur­ther Ac­tion (CNFA) let­ter from the State De­part­ment of Health (DOH) be­fore Na­tive Amer­i­can Hous­ing As­sis­tance and Self Deter­mi­na­tion Act (NA­HASDA) Ti­tle VIII mon­eys can be used on Formerly Used De­fense Sites (FUDS), ac­cord­ing to Paula Aila, DHHL’s in­for­ma­tion & com­mu­nity re­la­tions of­fi­cer.

“The DHHL’s time­line for awards has been stymied for three years be­cause of the UXO is­sue and work­ing through the is­sues like the CNFA let­ter,” Aila said. “Ord­nance re­moval started sev­eral years ago but was not com­pleted due to ex­cep­tion ar­eas (ob­struc­tions) that pre­cluded UXO in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

Look­ing at the big­ger pic­ture, Lalamilo Phase 2A is one of 22 ar­eas spread out over nearly 100,000 acres in the re­gion that the DOH is cur­rently re­view­ing.

“Is­sues we’re fac­ing are the ma­neu­ver area, mu­ni­tions clean-up and toxic chem­i­cal dis­pos­als in an old land­fill from near the turn of the cen­tury,” Steven Mow said,

KO­HALA COAST — A first-ever Hawaii Wild­fire Sum­mit will be held April 30 through May 4 at Mauna Lani Bay Ho­tel & Bun­ga­lows. Co-spon­sored by the Hawaii Wild­fire Man­age­ment Or­ga­ni­za­tion (HWMO), Pa­cific Fire Ex­change and Big Is­land Wild­fire Co­or­di­nat­ing Group, the sum­mit will be a unique op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple who deal with wild­fire in their work and com­mu­ni­ties across Hawaii and the Pa­cific to learn, share and col­lab­o­rate on ways to fight and pre­vent wild­fires.

“Over the years, HWMO has come to un­der­stand that wild­fire-re­lated chal­lenges are faced by a wide ar­ray of pro­fes­sion­als and cit­i­zens, in­clud­ing more than just those fo­cused on emer­gency re­sponse. While the sum­mit pro­gram is in­for­ma­tive and highly valu­able for fire pro­fes­sion­als, the of­fer­ings are also tar­geted to­ward other ef­forts and peo­ple that deal with wild­fire, such as ri­par­ian and ma­rine con­ser­va­tion, cul­tural re­source pro­tec­tion, the vis­i­tor in­dus­try, plan­ning pro­fes­sion­als and com­mu­nity groups,” El­iz­a­beth Pick­ett, HWMO’s di­rec­tor, said.

Pre­ced­ing the sum­mit will be Na­tional Fire Pro­tec­tion As­so­ci­a­tion (NFPA) Assess­ing Struc­ture Ig­ni­tion Po­ten­tial from Wild­fire train­ing April 30 and May 1. At­ten­dees can “A huge wa­ter tank was built and all in­fra­struc­ture is in, and has been in for years. Why isn’t this de­vel­op­ment be­ing built out?” WAIMEA RES­I­DENT

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Each year, about 0.5 per­cent of Hawaii’s to­tal land area burns, equal to or greater than the pro­por­tion burned of any other state. More than 98 per­cent of wild­fires are hu­man-caused.

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