Improvements to Kiowea Park in Kalama’ula will be able to proceed on schedule with the recent review and approval of the Final Environmental Assessment.
The Hawaiian Homes Commission looked at the FEA, along with all public comments that had been submitted, and determined the project would not have a negative environmental impact. On July 23, the HHC, which leads the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, issued its Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).
With the FONSI, the Kalama’ula Homesteaders Association can now obtain its building, electrical and plumbing permits needed to complete the phase II improvements at Kiowea, also known as Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove Park.
The improvements are planned for four acres on the west portion of the Hawaiian Home Lands park. They will include a new pavilion, certified kitchen, restroom facilities, individual wastewater system, parking, drainage and landscape improvements in the park. These new facilities will relieve pressure on existing facilities, locate new facilities further inland from coastal hazards, and better serve the recreational needs of the Molokai community.
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.
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.
Mitigation measures for this project include avoiding construction in sensitive areas, including within 135 feet of the shoreline and in the flood zone; on-site monitoring during all ground disturbing activities, and best management practices for control of dust, noise, stormwater and construction waste. Energy and water conservation measures will be implemented and native plants will be used for landscaping.