David Y.Ige | Press Release: Release of Final Environmental Assessment for Kēōkea Farm Lots Association Community Center
Press Release: Release of Final Environmental Assessment for Kēōkea Farm Lots Association Community Center
Published on August 9, 2022 in Latest news from the department, Press room
(Kula, Maui) – The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) has released its final environmental assessment (EA) with a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for the project Kokea Farm Lots Association Community Center in the Kēōkea Ahupuaʻa, Makawao, Maui.
A review of the important criteria set forth in HRS Chapter 343 and HAR Section 11-200.1-13 on the development of Kokea Farm Lots Association Community Center did not identify any significant adverse effects on the natural or human environment.
The Hawaiian Homes Commission (HHC) evaluated the final environmental assessment and issued a FONSI decision at its July 2022 HHC meeting. The final environmental assessment and FONSI were published in the Environmental Notice of Review Program environment on August 8, 2022.
In 2013, the Kokea Homestead Farm Lots Association (KHFLA) received a Monthly Right of Entry (ROE) Permit for two packages Hawaiian lands in KokeaMaui. KHFLA began developing a master plan and environmental assessment in August 2020. As part of the planning process and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the planning team conducted community outreach family via an online survey questionnaire. KHFLA has incorporated responses to the survey results into its plans.
KHFLA’s master plan includes the development of a cultural education center, native and medicinal plant gardens, a child and elderly care complex, a multi-purpose community center complex, an amphitheater and venues for small businesses and food vendors.
“This is an important step for Kokea Association of lots of family farmssaid Assistant to the President Tyler Iokepa Gomes. “They are close to achieving their goal of developing a community center for homesteaders by homesteaders.”
A draft environmental assessment was presented to the HHC at its April 2022 meeting, and a draft EA was published in The Environmental Notice on April 23, 2022. The 30-day public comment period completed on May 23, 2022. KHFLA provided responses, and subsequent changes were made to the final environmental assessment.
To learn more about the proposal Kokea Farm Lots Association Community Center and to view the final EA, visit dhhl.hawaii.gov/po/maui.
About the Department of Hawaiian Native Lands:
The Department of Hawaiian Native Lands fulfills Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole’s vision of rehabilitating native Hawaiians by returning them to the land. Established by the United States Congress in 1921, with the passage of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, the Hawaiian homesteading program managed by DHHL includes the management of more than 200,000 acres of land throughout the state for the specific purpose of developing and to provide homesteads.
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