Kiowea Park improvement plans now open for comment

| May 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

A new proposal for improvements to Kiowea Park is now available for public review.

A new proposal for improvements to Kiowea Park is now available for public review.

A Draft Environmental Assessment for improvements planned for Kiowea Park in Kalama’ula is available for public review and comment until June 7.

The Kalama’ula Homesteaders Association has proposed to construct a new pavilion, certified kitchen, restroom facilities, individual wastewater system, parking, drainage and landscape improvements in the park. As the applicant, the KHA has received an individual wastewater system approval from the State Health Department and now awaits the processing of their building, electrical and plumbing permits.

The improvements are planned for four acres on the west portion of the Hawaiian Home Lands park, also known as Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove Park. The park is 5.15 acres along the south central coastline about a mile west of Kaunakakai. Construction of the 4,000 square-foot pavilion will be slab-on-grade with dimensions of 40-by-100 feet and will be 20 feet in height. It will be located 133 feet from the shoreline and include two restrooms.

As the approving agency, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands went to this week’s meeting of the Molokai Planning Commission to request comments on the plan. While the project does take place on Special Management Area land, it does not require an SMA permit or exemption from the MoPC.

The existing park facilities were built in the 1950s and include a 700-square foot covered pavilion, a 320-square foot restroom and shower facility, barbecue grills, cesspool and a parking lot. Currently installed site utilities include water, electric and telephone service.

In the late 1990s, Phase I renovations to Kiowea Park included grading and fill, installation of irrigation and landscaping, and upgrading of cesspool to septic system.

The KHA was granted a license in 2010 to manage the area and has reinitiated Phase II improvements, as park facilities are no longer considered adequate to serve the needs of park users. A new pavilion and restrooms will relieve pressure on existing facilities, locate new facilities further inland from coastal hazards and better serve the recreational needs of the community.

To view the DEA, got to the link through the Office of Environmental Quality Control.

Send comments by June 7 to the applicant, approving agency and consultant. The applicant: Kalama‘ula Homesteaders Association, P.O. Box 1025, Kaunakakai, HI 96748. DHHL is the approving agency, its address is: DHHL, Land Management Division, P.O. Box 1879, Honolulu, HI 96707. Consultant is Luigi Manera, Architectural Drafting Service, P.O. Box 1718, Kaunakakai, HI 96748.

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