View of the maintenance facilities looking inland.

Replace Maintenance Facility and Restore Landscape

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The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public input that will help inform an Environmental Assessment (EA) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to remove and replace the existing maintenance facilities at Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park. The NPS is also seeking input on a separate but concurrent Assessment of Effect under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

The scoping period for the Environmental Assessment in support of the project is from October 28, 2022 to November 27, 2022. Comments will be accepted during this scoping period and the NPS will host two public meetings as indicated below.

The existing maintenance facilities were originally built in the 1960's with the stated intent to be temporary structures. The facilities are inadequate to meet the needs of the Park and their location inappropriately occupies an area known to contain both historic and ancient archaeological resources. The facilities are visually intrusive to the physical and cultural landscape and are located in a coastal area subject to high waves, storm surge, tsunami inundation and anticipated sea level rise.

The purpose of this project is to remove the intrusive temporary facilities from their present location, restore the historic scene of the site and construct replacement facilities in more suitable locations elsewhere in the park. Alternative sites for the replacement facilities are being considered based on their potential effect on park resources, benefit to park operations and their effect on visitor and community experiences. The location and design of the new facilities will be aligned with NPS's commitment to stewardship of this special landscape and to protect the wahi pana and interconnected cultural and natural resources of the park. These developments would all replace existing substandard and inadequate facilities.

Two preliminary alternatives have been identified as best meeting project objectives and are being proposed for analysis in an EA. Each of the alternatives would remove the existing temporary structures, but each differ in the proposed location/s for new facility construction.

Please help guide the future of this special place by attending one of the two public meetings this November.

Virtual Meeting: Wednesday, November 9th at 6:00- 7:30 pm HST. Copy and paste this link into your browser, or click on the live link below.

Meeting ID: 221 886 462 148 Passcode: KiGNoQ

Call-in (audio only): +1 (202) 640-1187, passcode: 875 682 099#

In- Person Meeting: Thursday, November 10th @ 6:00-7:30pm HST.
Location: Amphitheater at the Park Visitor's Center at Highway 160, Hōnaunau, HI 96726.

Contact Information

Ming-Yi Wong