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Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022

ZION KALIKAHKAMANAO HAO-KALLIO OF OCEAN VIEW DIED IN A TRAFFIC COLLISION on Monday. Hawai‘i Island police are investigating the three-vehicle crash on Māmalahoa Highway in Pepe‘ekeō that ended the life of the 15-year-old passenger. He was not wearing a seatbelt. Hao-Kallio is the 25th traffic collision fatality of 2022, following 13 fatal traffic collisions during this same time period last year.
    A statement from Hawaiʻi Police Department says, "Police believe that speed is the primary factor in the outcome of this collision at this time. An investigation will continue into any additional contributing factors. The East Hawaiʻi Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a negligent homicide investigation."
Zion Kalikahkamanao Hao-Kallio loved surfing. He died in a car wreck
on Monday, north of Hilo. Photo by Asia Nihipali Sesson 

    The accident was reported at 6:09 p.m. Monday. Police determined that a 1996 Honda Civic was traveling Hilo bound near the 12 mile marker. As the Honda approached the double lanes, the 20-year old driver Tyson Acacio attempted to overtake another vehicle, but lost control on wet asphalt and spun into the oncoming north-bound lane, colliding with a 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck traveling Hamakua bound. The third vehicle, a 2005 Toyota Solara, was traveling southbound behind the Honda and was struck by flying debris from the collision.
    Hao-Kallio and Acacio were ejected from the Honda. Hao-Kallio was unresponsive at the scene and transported to Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead Monday at 9:12 p.m. An autopsy was ordered to determine the exact cause of death.
    A 16-year-old female, and sister of Kallio, who was riding in the front passenger seat, appeared to have been wearing a seatbelt and was not ejected. Both Acacio and the female were conscious and transported to the Hilo Medical Center. Acacio sustained serious internal injuries and has received surgery, while the female sustained a broken bone in her arm and was set to be released pending treatment.
    The driver of the 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck, a 40-year-old female, sustained a broken right heel and additional minor injuries and was treated at Hilo Medical Center. Operator of the 2005 Toyota Solara, a 58-year-old female, was not injured.
    Police are asking for anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact Officer Jerome Duarte at (808) 961-2339 or via email Jerome.Duarte@HawaiiCounty.gov. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300.

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DHHL recently launched water improvements in Kaʻū and
is now seeking input for its 20-year General Plan. Photo from DHHL
NATIVE HAWAIIAN BENEFICIARIES OF DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOMELANDS are asked for input for the DHHL General Plan. It is available to read online at https://dhhlgeneralplan.konveio.com/beneficiary-review-draft-comment. The Plan, available to read for anyone who wants to learn about Hawaiian Home Lands, is 92 pages long, plus appendices. It is rich in the history of land and natural resources in Hawaiʻi and provides approaches to move forward. Also available is https://dhhl.hawaii.gov/po/general-plan-2022 with numerous YouTube presentations on subjects covered in the Plan, along with many ways for beneficiaries to comment.

Hawaiian Home Land General Plan draft is up for comment.
 Its policies and goals will apply to DHHL properties in Ka'ū
and throughout the Hawaiian Islands. DHHL Map

    Updated every 20 years, DHHL General Plan establishes statewide policies that guide land management and programs over the next two decades. The Department last updated its General Plan in 2002. 
    Seven topic areas for setting policy direction in the Plan are: Land Use and Water Resources; Infrastructure; Housing; Food Production; Healthy Communities; Natural and Cultural Resource Management and Revenue Generation and Economic Development.
    Homesteaders and applicants on the DHHL Waiting List for land and housing can submit their comments online, or in-person at eight open house events scheduled between Aug. 4 and Aug. 22, 2022, statewide. The deadline for input online and by mail and email is Sept. 21. The two meetings on this island will be held on Aug. 8 in Hilo at Keaukaha Elementary School cafeteria from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Aug. 9 at Department of Hawaiian Homelands Kuhio Hall.
    DHHL's statement calling for input says, the "General Plan provides a comprehensive policy that ensures coordinated and integrated orderly social, physical, and economic development of Hawaiian Home Lands. It establishes goals and objectives that guide the implementation of the program. The plan is followed by detailed Island and Regional plans that are updated on a rotating basis and on their respective timetables."
    Tyler Iokepa Gomes, Deputy to the DHHL Chair, said, "It is critical that beneficiaries take part in shaping DHHL's General Plan. This document will guide the direction and use of trust lands over the next couple of decades so we're making every effort to ensure that the goals and objectives of this plan are a reflection of the community it intends to serve."
    A final General Plan document is anticipated to be presented to the Hawaiian Homes Commission for adoption before the end of the year, says the DHHL statement.
    To view a schedule of the upcoming Open House events, comment on the Draft General Plan, and to learn more about DHHL's planning system, visit dhhl.hawaii.gov/po/general-plan-2022.

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Areas of wild goats, pigs, mouflon and cattle are shown in this presentation along with types of vegetation across Kaʻū. Hawaiʻi Volcanoes continues monitoring for ungulates in its Aug. 9 flight to 3,500 - 4,500 ft. elevation at Kahuku. NPS map

    Aug. 3 between 10 a.m. and noon at the Mauna Loa Road quarry for aviation management training.
    Aug. 8 and 11 between 6:30 a.m. and noon for Hawaiian petrel monitoring on Mauna Loa between 4,000- and 9,000-ft elevation.
    Aug. 8, 12, 29 between 6:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. for camp set up and removal of old fence material in the Koa Unit of ʻŌlaʻa forest, between 3,500- and 4,500-ft. elevation.
    Aug. 9 between 6:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. for ungulate surveys and control work in Kahuku
Helicopter flight on Aug. 14 will lift a crew to between 10,500 and
 12,320 ft. elevation to carry out facilities maintenance, to include
 Mauna Loa Cabin. HVNP Photo

between 4,000- and 6,000-ft. elevation. In addition, flights will occur for survey, control and eradication of banana poka on Mauna Loa between 3,800- and 6,800-ft. elevation.
    Aug. 10 between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. for invasive tree control in the Ka'ū Desert and Pepeiao area, between 1,000- and 3,000-ft. elevation.
    Aug. 14, 17, 21 between 10 a.m. and noon for maintenance on the Mauna Loa cabin luas, between the 10,500- and 13,200-ft. elevation.
    In addition, the U.S. Geological Survey will be finishing up low-level helicopter flights in early August that will cover Kīlauea volcano. Visit the USGS Hawaiian
Volcano Observatory website for more information. The USGS may conduct additional flight operations over Kīlauea and Mauna Loa to assess volcanic activity and maintain instrumentation.
    A statement from HVNP says, "The park regrets any noise impact to residents and park visitors. Dates and times are subject to change based on aircraft availability and weather. Management of the park requires the use of aircraft to monitor and research volcanic activity, conduct search-and-rescue missions and law enforcement operations, support management of natural and cultural resources, and to maintain backcountry facilities."

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