September 10, 2016 FINAL SC Minutes withMaps
Hamakua Community Development Plan
September 10, 2016 FINAL SC Minutes withMaps
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labored and lived along the Hamakua Coast and opposes commercial activities and/or private <br />development of Hakalau Point. Mr. Kaye also provided written testimony which is available <br />online http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/weblink/1/doc/81753/Pagel.aspx. <br />2. Ken Forbes testified on agenda business item #2, Map for Hakalau. He is opposed to the <br />Hakalau Map option 1 because he believes it invites coastal bluff development which he is <br />opposed to. Mr. Forbes' suggestion is to have both Hakalau Point parcels designated Open, <br />rather than leaving one Industrial. Written testimony was also provided and is available online <br />http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/weblink/1/doc/81754/Pagel.aspx. <br />3. Susan Forbes testified on agenda business item #2, Map for Hakalau. She is a resident of <br />Hakalau Plantation Village and along with her husband has spent the last 5 years studying the <br />history, the people, and the culture of the Hakalau Plantation. Of the options presented for <br />this meeting, Option 2 is preferred because it affords a large area of Open space, consistent <br />with the historic significance of the property, however, the preference would be that both <br />Hakalau Point parcels be designated Open space. Ms. Forbes provided written testimony <br />which is available online http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/weblink/1/doc/81751/Pagel.aspx. <br />4. Akiko Masuda testified on behalf of the Wailea Village Historic Preservation Community, on <br />agenda business item #2, Map for Hakalau. She reminded the Steering Committee that the <br />Wailea community continues to express its support for Hakalau Point to remain an open space. <br />Ms. Masuda is advocating for the Open Option 2, which is most closely aligned with what the <br />community has expressed multiple times through their comments. She shared that the <br />Hakalau School and community reunion will be taking place in approximately 3 weeks and they <br />are expecting about 120 people. Work continues on the efforts to turn Hakalau School into a <br />learning center for the community. An effort to restore multiple abandoned cemeteries is also <br />an undertaking by the Wailea community. This is being done as an honoring to all the <br />plantation immigrants who worked so hard and created the foundation of values along the <br />Hamakua coast. <br />5. Valerie Poindexter testified as a O'okala community member, on agenda business item #2, Map <br />for O'okala. She expressed that similar to what the Hakalau community wants, the O'okala <br />community wants to preserve their lifestyle and history. Ms. Poindexter feels that by <br />continuing to allow coastal development we aren't being responsible stewards of our'aina or <br />our ocean. The O'okala community does not want their community to be urbanized and asks <br />that they not be stripped of their history, culture and lifestyle. <br />6. Michael Johnson testified on behalf of himself and Ono Gardens Farm, on agenda business <br />item #2, Map for Hakalau. As a farmer, Mr. Johnson stressed the lack of affordable housing in <br />the area for farm workers. He questions how farmers will care for their equipment, process <br />their products and make value added products and states that other than each farmer having <br />their own warehouse, a central place is needed for processing. Mr. Johnson pointed out that <br />Hakalau Point is currently serving as that processing area. He would love to see affordable <br />housing for farm workers, a place for farmers to process their goods, a certified kitchen, and a <br />place where farmers could get their machinery fixed. Mr. Johnson says that it doesn't have to <br />be one idea or the other, that community members and developers have to work together and <br />Page 12 <br />
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