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Communication No. 2016-18 <br />Connectivity and Emergency Response Subcommittee <br />A subcommittee of the Puna Community Development Plan <br />ANNUAL REPORT — JULY 2016 <br />The Connectivity and Emergency Response Subcommittee continues in its third year to further <br />the implementation of the Puna Uka connectivity locations. Working with our two Puna County <br />Council Representatives, Greggor Ilagan and Danny Paleka, on August 18, 2015 an ad hoc <br />committee of the County Council Committee on Public Works and Parks and Recreation was <br />formed. The ad hoc committee members were Council Members Greggor Ilagan, Danny Paleka, <br />Dennis Onishi and Maile David (all representing portions of Puna), Puna Community <br />Development Plan Action Committee Chairperson Patti Pinto, and Chairperson of the PCDP <br />subcommittee on Connectivity and Emergency Response, Marlene Hapai. The purpose of this <br />ad hoc committee is to research and investigate possible road connections between the Upper <br />Puna Subdivisions in order to create an alternate route from Volcano to Highway 130, roughly <br />parallel to Highway 1 I and to draft a report recommending implementation of these connections <br />to the Public Works and Parks and Recreation Committee, to be forwarded to the County <br />Council. <br />The Connectivity and Emergency Response Subcommittee (CERS) began working in January of <br />2013 to gather data on possible road connectivity locations that would improve public safety, <br />allow for emergency access and increase community connections throughout the Puna Districts. <br />We worked over the next two years to collect community input. To this end, working with the <br />Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency we created the first and second Puna Regional Emergency <br />Preparedness Fairs (PREP Fairs). At these Fairs we gathered community input from thousands <br />of Puna Residents establishing where connectivity points were needed, viability, community <br />support/opposition, alternatives, etc. This data was assembled into a report that was submitted to <br />the PCDP and adopted on May 13, 2014. Since this report, Tropical Storm Iselle and the June 27, <br />2014 lava flow have also created multiple emergency response and evacuation, as well as <br />everyday challenges to movement throughout the Puna District. <br />The ad hoc committee met with representatives of the Hawaii County Department of Public <br />Works, the Civil Defense Agency, Parks and Recreation, State Department of Transportation, <br />Planning Department and members of the public to investigate and select the connectivity <br />locations. This was followed up by a field trip to view the actual road conditions and <br />connectivity locations. Two reports were drafted that included maps, satellite images and on the <br />ground photographs (attached). The ad hoc committee will be meeting in July to approve the <br />final report. <br />The recommended connectivity locations are: <br />• Kaleponi to Punahele (Fern Forest — Eden Roc) <br />• Punahele to Apele (Eden Roc — Kopua Farm Lots) <br />• Waimako O Pele to Orchid (Kopua Farm Lots — Fern Acres) <br />• Orchid to Uhiniana (Fern Acres — Hawaiian Acres) <br />