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William P. Kenoi <br />Mayor <br />County of Hawaii <br />PLANNING DEPARTMENT <br />BJ Leithead Todd <br />Director <br />Margaret Masunaga <br />Deputy Director <br />PUNA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN ACTION COMMITTEE <br />Aupuni Center • 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 3 • Hilo, Hawaii 96720 <br />Phone (808) 961 -8288 • Fax (808) 961 -8742 <br />April 10, 2013 <br />Ms. Wilma Matsumura, Chair <br />and Members of the Public Access, Open Space & Natural Resources Commission <br />25 Aupuni St. Suite 1101 <br />Hilo, Hawaii 96720 -4252 <br />Re: Kapoho/Wai`Opae Land Acquisition Request <br />Aloha Chair Matsumura and Members of the Commission, <br />The Action Committee of the Puna Community Development Plan wishes to voice its support for the <br />land acquisition at Kapoho/Wai`Opae, also known as the Hara property or Vacationland Land Trust <br />being TMK 1 -4 -02 -022, & 051, by the Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources Commission <br />(PONC). The property is currently 97 on the PONC priority list and we request that the property move <br />to a higher position on the list for 2013 thus improving its chances for acquisition. <br />The fish kill at Wai`Opae on March 19, 2013 reported in the Hawaii Tribune Herald on March 20, <br />2013 has recently highlighted the urgency of the acquisition of this property. Human causes were <br />probably responsible for the fish kill in the Marine Life Conservation District (MLCD). This property <br />would help protect the watershed and ensure that it would not be developed with residences or <br />agriculture, thus providing some protection for the fishery at the MLCD. <br />The piece available for acquisition is about 321 acres and borders the south side of Kapoho Kai Rd. <br />and makai of Hwy 137. It also borders the MLCD with about 4,000 ft. of shoreline south of the <br />Vacationland subdivision. We find this land acquisition consistent with the Puna Community <br />Development Plan (PCDP). Sections 2.1.1, 3.5.2, 3.5.3 and 2.4 of the PCDP call for expanded <br />recreational areas and protection of the shoreline areas and coastal resources. <br />Section 2.1.1.a states: "Structures and cultural sites that are significant to Puna's history and <br />cultural traditions are preserved." <br />Section 3.5.3 part e. states: "Create and improve Preserves as follows: ... 2) Improve <br />conditions at Wai`Opae Tidepools and the Marine Conservation District. 3) Providing off - <br />street parking that does not encroach into private lands; and 4) Providing permanent public <br />access. <br />Hawai `i County is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer <br />