Aloha Friends and Supporters of the Kawainui-Hamakua Complex Draft Master Plan,
This plan incorporates most of the features of the Community Plan developed in the 1950s when developers wanted to turn Kawainui Marsh into another Hawaii Kai. I have worked 30 years to establish a management plan for Kawainui Marsh. The current Master Plan takes the plan I have worked so long to see implemented and incorporates almost everything proposed in that original plan into the Kawainui-Hamakua Complex Master Plan. This is the plan the Kailua Community envisioned 60 years ago and I support it.
I urge you to reject the misinformation being circulated by those who oppose the Plan and study the Plan for yourself. Look at what is proposed and what is currently there. Ask your self, “Which do I prefer?” You can view the plan by clicking here.
The latest development in the planning process is the issuance of the EIS Preparation Notice. The opportunity for public comment closes on October 24, 2016—just a few days away. It is critical that we move quickly through this Public Notice process in order that the EIS Draft can commence. It will be at the time of the issue of the EIS Draft that the public will be able to comment on the details of the plan and decide what can be supported and what is not acceptable. For now, we ask that you express your support by e-mailing the letter below (or revise as needed) with your name and contact information:
I support the Kawainui-Hamakua Marsh Complex Plan in its entirety because of the following invaluable educational, recreational, cultural, and environmental gains:
*The plan would accomplish the restoration of the wetland ponds, thus opening up areas for endangered birds, fish, and estuary organisms.
*The master plan would enhance educational access and quality by providing education facilities, trails, and viewing platforms for hands-on learning experiences.
*The marsh plan recognizes that the Hawaiian presence, along with native Hawaiian cultural/educational centers at the marsh, is the key to its restoration and preservation, the continuation of educational and stewardship programs, and preservation of cultural sites there.
The plan confirms, not denigrates, this wetland and will restore it to some of its ancient pre-eminence. It has survived all the centuries of use, neglect and abuse, but still functions as a living organism, waiting to be restored to fuller utilization. It deserves to be shared, not fenced off, or relegated to secondary status. It deserves the respect and restorative efforts that the Kawainui-Hamakua Marsh Complex Plan provides and sanctions.
Three important things the Master plan fails to address are:
- Food sustainability and the potential to grow native foods in and around the marshes and
- Establishment of minimum stream flows required to maintain the health of the marsh and its tributary streams as required by HRS § 174C-71 protection of instream uses.
- US Army Corps of Engineers and DOFAW need to construct an underground conduit passage for the flow of water from Kawainui into the Hamakua Canal to re-establish water flow and improve the water circulation and health of Ka’elepulu Stream.
- Ahahui Malama I ka Lokahi
- Conservation Council For Hawaii
- Hui Kailua-Kawainui Ka Wai Ola
- Kailua Historical Society
- Pacific American Foundation
Submit your testimony to:
Ronald A. Sato, AICP, Senior Associate
WITH A COPY SENT TO:
State of Hawai‘i
Division of Forestry and Wildlife
Department of Land and Natural Resources
Ms. Marigold Zoll, O‘ahu Forestry and Wildlife Manager
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