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Harry Kim <br />Mayor <br />West Hawaii Office <br />74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy <br />Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740 <br />Phone (808) 323-4770 <br />Fax (808) 327-3563 <br />May 8, 2017 <br />County of Hawaii <br />PLANNING DEPARTMENT <br />NORTH KOHALA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN <br />ACTION COMMITTEE <br />Mayor Harry Kim <br />County of Hawaii <br />25 Aupuni Street, St. 2603 <br />Hilo, Hawaii 96720 <br />Michael Yee <br />Director <br />Daryn Arai <br />Deputy Director <br />Bast Hawaii Office <br />101 Pauahi Street, Suite 3 <br />Hilo, Hawaii 96720 <br />Phone (808) 961-8288 <br />Fax (808) 961-8742 <br />SUBJECT: Support for the Purchase of Property in North Kohala for Open Space <br />Dear Mayor Kim, <br />The County of Hawaii is known throughout the world as the home of King Kamehameha the <br />Great. We ask that you help the community of North Kohala preserve the actual homelands of <br />Kamehameha by authorizing the Director of Finance to enter into negotiations for the acquisition <br />of lands at Hapu`u, Kapanai`a and Halelua. There are many other reasons to preserve this three- <br />mile stretch of northern coastline, but preserving the kulaiwi o Kamehameha is very compelling. <br />Since the 1970's, the people of Kohala have worked to guarantee continuance of their <br />generations -long access to these lands. The North Kohala Community Development Plan <br />(County Ordinance 08-151) identifies the reasons and need for preserving these lands in three <br />different sections (see below). Through a community -wide effort over many years, all the <br />necessary documents and land owners are in place to see this happen. <br />Here are some compelling reasons for initiating negotiations to purchase these lands for open <br />space: <br />County Council resolutions to purchase — The County Council unanimously passed <br />Resolutions 327-15 and 326-15 in December 2015 directing the County to enter into negotiations <br />with the owners of land within the Hapu`u to Kapanai`a Cultural Corridor and Halelua for public <br />purchase of the lands. <br />Highest priority on PONC list — Hapu`u to Kapanai`a Cultural Corridor has been on the <br />County's PONC list since 2010, fourth place or higher, in 2015 it was listed as Priority One. <br />Halelua has been on the PONC list since 2012, and was Priority One in 2014. <br />Cited as highest priority for preservation by the North Kohala Community Development <br />Plan — The NKCDP (County Ordinance 08-151) calls for a Cultural and Historic Preservation <br />Community with the highest priority being the preservation of Kohala's legacy as the home of <br />Kamehameha I (Section 4. 1, Strategies 1.6 and 1.7). The Public Access recommendations name <br />Kapanai`a to Kauhola Point as the highest priority in establishing community access (Section 4.2, <br />www.cohplanningdept.com Hawaii County is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer planning khawaiicounty.Qov <br />