Public Open House, Waimea

Feb 4, 2015 5:30 PM

Environmental Impact Statement Preparation Notice (EISPN) for new master leases for the Mauna Kea Science Reserve and related facilities and easements.

Please join us to learn more and share your input about this important step in the management of Maunakea.  Exhibits will be available for viewing, written comments are welcome, and light refreshments will be served.  Contact us for more information.

Wednesday, February 4 from 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Department of Hawaiian Homelands - Kūhiō Hale
64-756 Māmalahoa Highway
Waimea, HI

The complete Environmental Impact Statement Prepration Notice (EISPN) is available as a pdf document.

The "Environmental Notice for January 8, 2015" announcement by the State of Hawaii, Office of Environmental Quality Control is also available and excerpted below.

Proposing Agency: University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, 200 W. Kāwili Street, Hilo, HI 96720.  Contact: Donald Stranley, (808) 932-7348.

Accepting Authority: Governor of the State of Hawai‘i, 415 South Beretania Street #5, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813. Contact: (808) 586-0034, c/o Office of Environmental Quality Control (808) 586-4185.

Consultant: Planning Solutions, Inc., 210 Ward Avenue, Suite 330, Honolulu, HI 96814. Contact: Perry White, (808) 550-4483.

Status: Environmental Impact Statement Preparation Notice, pending 30-day public comment. Address comments to the proposing agency with copies to the consultant and OEQC.

The University of Hawai‘i (UH) leases the 11,288-acre Mauna Kea Science Reserve (MKSR) under general lease S-4191, which expires on December 31, 2033, and the 19-acre Halepōhaku mid-level facility under general lease S-5529, which expires in 2041. In addition, UH holds non-exclusive Easement S-4697 for the Mauna Kea Access Road between the two leased properties, the leased area is roughly 71 acres and the easement expires on December 31, 2033. The two leased properties plus a 400-yard wide corridor on either side of the Mauna Kea Access Road, excluding areas within the adjacent Natural Area Reserve (NAR), make up the UH Management Area on Mauna Kea. UH is seeking to replace both of its existing leases with new leases well before they expire and to extend the term of the road easement.

UH is seeking a new Master Lease for two principal reasons. The first is to incorporate into the Master Lease the new Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP) objectives. The second is to provide an adequate planning horizon for ongoing and future scientific activity, something that is increasingly difficult as the remaining term of the existing Master Lease becomes shorter.

The Environmental Impact Statement Preparation Notice (EISPN) discusses a “No Action Alternative,” an action alternative under which UH leases the same areas it currently leases, and an action alternative under which UH leases a reduced land area. These three alternatives and potentially additional alternatives advanced by stakeholders during the EISPN review period will be evaluated in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).

The EISPN outlines the kinds of potential adverse and beneficial impacts that are likely to result from the alternatives being considered. These potential impacts and others identified by stakeholders during the review of the EISPN will be evaluated in the DEIS.

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