Home Lands Department preparing master plan for project in Pulehunui

The state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is preparing a regional infrastructure master plan analysis for water, wastewater and key roadways for light industrial, commercial and agricultural uses in Pulehunui across the old Puunene armory on Maui Veterans Highway, formerly known as Mokulele Highway.

The project would generate revenue through leases and support retail, agribusiness processing, packaging and/or marketing of agricultural goods produced at Pulehunui South and throughout Central Maui, according to plans published by the DHHL in the Dec. 23 edition of The Environmental Notice. Comments on the plan are due Jan. 22.

The development is not to be confused with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources’ planned 285-acre business park next to the armory.

Up to 140 acres at Pulehunui North and about 35 acres at Pulehunui South would be used for commercial and industrial purposes. Large, contiguous commercial lots would be suitable for a “comprehensive commercial or retail complex” and/or possibly a “visitor attraction destination, cultural center or other large visitor industry-based use.”

The department also proposes to provide areas devoted to smaller businesses, including those of DHHL beneficiaries, where they can produce and sell products and services in a highly visible and central location.

Between roughly 30 to 40 acres of open space would be used to meet drainage needs at the northern side of the project. Most of the southern part of the project would be used for agriculture, with some of its open space supporting agricultural crops selected to avoid impacting visual resources or business visibility.

Comments should be sent to the Office of the Governor, Executive Chambers, State Capitol, 415 S. Beretania St., Honolulu 96813; and a copy should be sent to the project consultant, PBR Hawaii & Associates Inc., 1001 Bishop St., Suite 650, Honolulu 96813.

The project consultant contact is Selena Pang. She can be reached by calling (808) 521-5631, or via email at DHHLPulehunui@pbrhawaii.com.

For more information, go to The Environmental Notice at oeqc2.doh.hawaii.gov/The_Environmental_Notice/2017-12-23-TEN.pdf.