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Governor accepts final EIS for Pulehunui master plan

Water, wastewater, roads mapped out for state projects

The Maui News

The final environmental impact statement for the Pulehunui regional infrastructure master plan has been accepted by Gov. David Ige.

The final EIS approved on Oct. 19 outlines water, wastewater and key roadways that will serve state-owned lands in Pulehunui that are proposed for development.

Acceptance of the final EIS was reported in the Office of Environmental Quality Control’s “The Environmental Notice” on Nov. 8.

The state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is leading infrastructure planning efforts on behalf of four state agencies that own land or are overseeing projects on a combined 1,500 acres in Central Maui.

In 2014, DHHL was awarded $4 million in capital improvement funds to plan and design the infrastructure for the region. To date, $17.5 million has been appropriated for wastewater improvements.

The areas in the master plan include 830 acres of DHHL’s Pulehunui North and South projects; 280 acres of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources’ industrial and business park; 429 acres of fallow DLNR land; and 40 to 45 acres for the Maui Regional Public Safety Complex, overseen by the state Department of Accounting and General Services as well as Public Safety.

DHHL’s projects, on vacant former sugar cane lands, will be used for beneficiary purposes, such as farming and education, as well as commercial uses that would fund DHHL programs. The projects include agricultural homesteads, industrial/agricultural processing space, an education facility, a cultural and arts center, commercial space and possibly a hotel.

The master plan says the preferred way of supplying water to the projects would be to connect to the county Department of Water Supply system, although DHHL plans to work with the county on a plan.

The master plan also proposes building a private wastewater system.

The Nov. 8 notice also reported that Kaheawa Wind Power II has submitted its final supplemental EIS on Oct. 17 to increase its incidental bat and goose take.

The approving agency/accepting authority is the DLNR, which has 30 days from date of receipt to determine acceptability.

In its final supplemental EIS, Kaheawa, which owns and operates a 21-megawatt wind energy facility on the West Maui Mountains near Maalaea, is seeking to increase its incidental take of the Hawaiian hoary bat from 11 to 38 adults and for the Hawaiian goose from 30 to 44 adults, during the remainder of its 20-year permit, which was issued in 2012.

KWP II would implement avoidance and minimization measures and monitoring, and it would also provide mitigation commensurate with the new take levels, according to the supplemental EIS.

Mitigation measures would include acquiring land for conservation purposes, funding management of a Hawaiian goose breeding pen and funding research critical to understanding Hawaiian hoary bat movements, roosting behavior and diet, according to the notice.