|Miss Aloha Hawai`i Brandy Shibuya (left), with Miss Kona Coffee Corinne Quinajon and|
first runner-up Kapuahi`ilani Lapera. Photo by Nalani Parlin
|O`o bars with ti leaves broke ground for the new|
Bay Clinic facility in Na`alehu yesterday.
Photo by Youlsau Bells
A letter from Sen. Dan Inouye said the new facility will encourage more residents, even those without health insurance, “to get the care they sorely need.” A message from Sen. Dan Akaka called the project “another step toward expanding access to critical, preventable and primary care.” A message from Rep. Mazie Hirono pointed to the Affordable Health Care Act which, she said, will help the clinic.
A statement from Gov. Neil Abercrombie said he and the state Legislature are committed to securing an additional $800,000 to complete the project.
A letter from Mayor Billy Kenoi said, “The Ka`u Family Health Center will be a vital lifeline for the residents of Ka`u.” Bay Clinic board member Raylene Moses said that Ka`u residents “value quality health care for all,” and that families shouldn’t have to wonder whether they can afford to take a sick child to the doctor. She called the clinic an example of the “growth and prosperity we all long for.”
|Pohue Bay is adjacent to the 16,000 acres owned by|
developers who want to build a resort.
Photo by Megan Lamson
The testimony contends that there are “insufficient coastal setbacks in the current plan. Imposing appropriate setbacks on coastal development allows for a necessary buffer zone to decrease the amount of negative impacts to nearshore coastal and marine resources.
The EIS “alleges that a ‘shoreline conservation zone’ will exist. It references a coastal setback of at least of 300-feet inland with most habitable structures at least 20 feet above sea level. Surfriders and Hawai`i Wildlife Fund contend that “300 feet is much too close to the shoreline to insure necessary environmental precautions for the fragile coral reef and anchialine pond ecosystems nearby.
“Moreover, this project location is in the midst of 80 miles of mostly undeveloped coastline in South Hawai`i (from Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park to Miloli`i). Currently, the Ka`u District has the largest stretch of natural and undeveloped shoreline in the state of Hawai`i. The Kahuku Village development would sever this contiguous open space irrevocably,” the testimony states.
The developers have said that they will create Hawaiian cultural and education programs and protect the wildlife, including Pohue Bay, where endangered hawksbill turtles nest.
The Draft EIS can be read on the state Department of Health’s Office of Environmental Quality Control website. Click on online library or use the following link: http://oeqc.doh.hawaii.gov/Shared%20Documents/EA_and_EIS_Online_Library/Hawaii/2010s/2011-09-23-DEIS-Kahuku-Village-Vol1.pdf.
|Kamaki Fujikawa shows the 218-lb boar he caught with|
Glenn Moses and team at yesterday's pig hunting
tournament weigh-in at Honu`apo.
Photo by Nalani Parlin
THE KA`U COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN Steering Committee will host its next meeting this coming Tuesday, Nov. 8 at Ocean View Community Center beginning at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited and can read updates and history of the development plan at hawaiicountycdp.info/kau-cdp.
HAWAI`I’S FIRST VOLCANO HOUSE is the topic at After Dark in the Park on Tuesday. William Chapman, of UH-Manoa’s historic preservation program, discusses its history beginning at 7 p.m. at Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Park entrance fees apply.