Land Use Commission denies industrial park petition

Lualualei Naval Road/Kolekole Pass Road (part of former route 78) long ago let civilians travel between the west coast of Oahu and central Oahu via Kolekole Pass, but is now closed to civilian traffic.

HONOLULU—The State Land Use Commission has denied Tropic Land LLC’s petition to allow a light industrial park’s construction on Lualualei valley farmland.

Of the eight Commissioners present (absent was Maui Rep. Lisa Judge), three –- Normand Lezy, Charles Jencks, and Ronald Heller –- denied the motion for approval made by Duane Kanuha. Land boundary amendments require a supermajority of six votes for approval.

For two of the dissenters, it came down to the developer’s inability to come to an agreement with the military over use of Lualualei Naval Access Road, the only feasible route to the parcel. The costs of both upgrading the road to meet city codes and providing for its long-term maintenance also remain inconclusive.

“That is an issue the petitioners should have reconciled prior to the filing of the petition,” Lezy said of the military road. “I think it’s fundamental to the decision making criteria that’s before us on a variety of levels, not the least of which is whether or not the project is financially viable.”

“In most jurisdictions, you can’t even get a building permit without having legally established access to your property,” Jencks said. “It’s a very fundamental issue in my opinion.”

According to the Hawaii Administrative Rules, after the LUC’s written decision is drawn up, Tropic Land LLC has up to seven days to file to the commission a motion for reconsideration. The petitioner can request the LUC to review facts and points of law that may have been overlooked or misunderstood. The commission would have until May 20 to change its decision. 

The LUC’s decision comes after a major effort led by the Hawaiian-environmental non-profit KAHEA and the Concerned Elders of Waianae to oppose the proposed light industrial park along and any other spot zoning in the valley.

Lualualei is a fertile, culturally rich, and rural place,” said Marti Townsend, Program Director at KAHEA. “It deserves our respect and protection from incompatible land uses like this industrial park proposed in the middle of farms, homes, and conservation lands.”

“This is a tremendous victory for the farmers and for all of Waianae,” said Alice Greenwood, spokesperson for the Concerned Elders. “Not only have we saved this farmland, but we have helped to protect neighboring farms and uphold the integrity of Honolulu’s agricultural districts.”

KAHEA and The Concerned Elders are also opposing the project’s inclusion in the draft version of the Waianae Sustainable Communities Plan (SCP), which the city’s Planning Commission will vote to approve in the next thirty days. If approved by the nine-member commission (a supermajority of six votes are required), the draft SCP will move on to the City Council for ratification. If not approved, the Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) will have to revise the plan and then resubmit to the Commission, which will host more public testimony before voting for it again. 

The Nanakuli neighborhood board and the Waianae Coast Rotary Club, among other groups, officially supports the proposed light industrial park because they believe in its economic potential for the community.


Now that the Legislature has adjourned, the Governor has until June 27 to notify the Legislature of his intent to veto bills, and the Legislature has until July 12 to override his vetoes.  The Governor also decides which Budget items to release.  Thus, making your voices heard now to the Governor is critical.  

The good news is that the Legislature passed some excellent items in the Budget (HB200) for the Wai`anae Coast, such as:

–       Wai`anae Boat harbor improvements, which will be used to build a halau for the E Ala canoe ($500,000);

–       Flood Mitigation – Lualualei Flats/Puhawai Stream ($2 mil); Farrington Hwy between Maili & Nanakuli ($8 mil); Lahilahi St. ($1 mil);

–       Nanakuli Library ($1.075m);

–       LCC Wai`anae Education Center ($3m);

–       Wai`anae Coast Alternative Access Road ($1m);

–       Wai`anae Ag Park ($550,000);

–       Makaha Bridges ($1.3m);

–       Kamaile Academy power upgrade ($800,000);

–       WCCHC ER – Act 25 ($322,000);

–       Homeless Shelters/Services ($15m/year; $1.6m for shelters);

–       Other projects to be highlighted next month.

 To support the release of the Budget items listed above, send correspondence to:

1. Debbie Shimizu, Legislative Liaison, Office of the Governor,

State Capitol,
415 S. Beretania St.
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 808-586-0073,

2. Governor Neil Abercrombie  

3. Lt. Governor Brian Schatz

You may also submit letters to the media, and some email addresses you may use are:

– Star-Advertiser newspaper:

– Honolulu Weekly:


Contact me with your questions or concerns at 586-7793.  Mahalo!

Community Emergency Preparedness Presentation

“Community Emergency Preparedness” presented by Hawaii Family Forum in partnership with Hawaii State Civil Defense.  This will occur during the June meeting of the Waianae Neighborhood Board.

June 7, 2011
Waianae Satellite City Hall

Legislative Town Hall Meeting June 15

Hosted by Rep. Jo Jordan.

Special guest House Finance Chair Marcus Oshiro.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
6:30 – 9:00pm
Waianae District Park Multi-purpose Room

For more information, contact 586-8460 or

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News from Kahikolu Ohana Hale O Waianae

Michael Kahikina, Executive Director for Kahikolu Ohana Hale O Waianae Transitional and Affordable shelter announces the return of Dennis Dumancas (former owner and operator of Mile’s Bake Shop in Nanakuli) home from Las Vegas to join Kahikolu as the Chef and operator of our Certified Kitchen.

We will be open for breakfast, lunch and catering services. Dennis is known for his baking and cooking abilities that light up the local style menu to fit both stomach and pocket book. The establishment is certified to accept SNAP benefits for hot meals eaten at Kahikolu.

Call 697-7300 for more information.

Kahikolu ‘Ohana Hale ‘O Wai’anae

       85–296 Ala Hema Street, Wai’anae, Hawai’i 96792

        Ph. (808) 697-7300    Fax (808) 697-7340

Polluted Runoff Control Program Watershed-Based Plan Request for Quotations

This is to let potential applicants know that our FY11 Request for Quotations for a Watershed-Based Plan is open. Quotations are due on Friday, July 15, 2011. If you are not interested, please feel free to delete this email. However, we do ask that you forward this information to other people/organizations that you think may be interested.
No. CWB-PRC 11-02
Pursuant to Chapter 103D, HRS, the Department of Health’s Clean Water Branch is soliciting Request for Quotations (RFQ) No. CWB-PRC 11-02 to draft a Watershed-Based Plan (WBP) in a watershed that does not have an existing, effective WBP, using Fiscal Year 2011-2012 Section 319(h) grant funding. This is a reimbursement grant. At a minimum, grant funds must be matched 100% with match funding or in-kind contributions from non-federal sources and must be documented with timesheets, volunteer sign-in sheets, receipts, etc. as determined by the Department of Health. Specific criteria are listed in the RFQ.
One (1) hard copy marked “Original,” stapled and printed one-sided; five (5) additional hard copies, stapled and printed double-sided; and one (1) digital copy of the proposal on compact disc shall be submitted. Bidders must submit quotations in the format specified in the RFQ in order to qualify for award.
Bids must be received and time stamped by the Procurement Officer  (whether mailed or hand delivered) no later than 3:00 p.m., HST, on Friday, July 15, 2011, at the Department of Health, Clean Water Branch, 919 Ala Moana Boulevard, Room 301, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814-4920. Quotations received after the deadline set for receipt of proposals will not be accepted. Faxed or e-mailed proposals will not be accepted or considered. The Department of Health reserves the right to cancel this RFQ and to reject any and all proposals in whole or in part when it is determined to be in the best interest of the State of Hawaii.
The RFQ shall be available for pick up from June 3, 2011 at the address below: 
            Department of Health
            Clean Water Branch
            919 Ala Moana Boulevard, Room 301
            Honolulu, Hawaii  96814-4920
            Phone:  (808) 586-4309
You may also download a copy of the RFQ from the Clean Water Branch’s website (under the Watershed-Based Plan Request for Quotations header) at:
This announcement is provided to you for information purposes. If you have any questions relating to the RFQ, please contact the Polluted Runoff Control Program’s Grant Management Specialist, Michael Burke, via email at: The deadline for inquiries is Friday, July 1, 2011.
Mike Burke
Michael Burke
Grants Management Specialist
Polluted Runoff Control Program
Clean Water Branch, State of Hawai`i Department of Health
808/586-4352 (Fax)