LALAMILO HOUSING PHASE 2A PROJECT REMAINS DORMANT IN WAIMEA
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
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.