Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Kalaeloa Fires In Former Barbers Point Naval Air Station Trigger Arson Concerns

Kalaeloa Fires In Former Barbers Point Naval Air Station Trigger Arson Concerns

By Jim Mendoza  KALAELOA, OAHU   Hawaii News Now
   Ash on the ground and scorched tree limbs litter an acre in Kalaeloa where a brushfire recently burned.

"The disturbing thing is that the fire was quite intense and went up into the trees and burned a lot of these large trees. We're hoping they'll survive," Ewa Beach resident John Bond said.

He said over the past two months brushfires have popped up in several spots in Kalaeloa on property leased by developer Hunt Hawaii.

Hunt chief operating officer Alan Ong said he's aware of three fires.

"The more recent ones seem to be more located in the eastern portion of our land holdings. They range from an acre to something significantly smaller," he said. "There are no structures that have been damaged. It's mostly vacant land."

Bond believes the fires were set on purpose because of the proximity to busy streets.
"We suspect they're just driving by in a car and they've got a cigarette butt or something else they can flick out into the dry grass," he said.

One recent blaze burned near the corner of Hornet Street and Saratoga Avenue, about a block from Barbers Point Elementary School. The entire area was once part of Barbers Point Naval Air Station.
Bond said Navy security patrolled it until October of last year.

"Shortly after that the people got the message that it was okay to do whatever they wanted out here," he said.

Ong said a lot has improved since the company took over the property, but illegal dumping and vandalism are ongoing issues. He's asking the public for help.

"If anybody should drive by and see any kind of suspicious activity or suspect something might be going on, I encourage them to call the police. Dial 911 and report it," he said.

Hunt plans to increase its security patrols, and will meet with federal, state and city officials on Thursday to discuss the recent brushfires.

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Navy NavFac Hawaii Allows Extensive Damage, Illegal Dumping at Sacred Site

Navy NavFac  Hawaii Allows Extensive Damage, Illegal Dumping at Sacred Leina a ka Uhane - Wahi Pana identified in 2012 Federal EIS.


Nearly all of the dumping is being done on property NOT LEASED by
Hunt Corp from Navy- but Navy does nothing and doesn't care what
Hunt Corp does on this Federal property.

It is apparent that NavFac Navy Pacific allows Hunt Corp to evade
State and Federal NEPA and NHPA laws and NavFac staff are apparently
involved in supporting this wahi pana site desecration.

Hunt Corporation is aggressively moving ahead with site construction
throughout identified historic MCAS Ewa Field without benefit of a Federal
Section 106, as was originally promised and ASSURED (on video) by
Navy officials to the Ewa community in 2011 after an initial Battlefield
Survey and historic building inventory was conducted.

Further the area was identified as a very sacred wahi pana in an April
2012 Honolulu Area Rapid Transit - Federal Transit Administration
Environmental Impact Assessment cultural-archeological survey
report as the Leina a ka Uhane- a sacred corridor and portal for native
Hawaiian souls making the journey into the afterlife.

So many community promises continue to be broken and the deception never
stops on this historic site, as was the case with a previous 106 project
the entire community refused to sign.

The latest Hunt Corp project right now is digging a large pit into the ancient coral limestone Karst layer only feet away from a previously identified ancient Hawaiian Karst wall structure that exists throughout a large area directly next to
this current construction pit. Karst is well documented as native burial areas and previous successful lawsuits have been won about lack of respect for native Hawaiian cultural burial sites.

There was no monitoring archeologist on site while aggressive digging was
underway this past week. The Navy NavFac staff has repeatedly misinformed or not informed the local community about projects like this. It was promised that anything beyond general land surface clearing would bring about a Section 106 under Federal NHPA laws. This has never happened and large steel beam structures and other building additions are being put up in this location.

The area was identified in 1999 Navy BRAC surveys as the most likely site for the 1825 Malden Trail- actually a very ancient Hawaiian trail system linking Honouliuli West-Loch with the Ewa shoreline at Kualaka'i and One'ula Beach.
The Navy in Hawaii has allowed Hunt Corp to turn this into a construction and
dump site, including using land that isn't even on their leased areas.

This entire local area is known to have numerous Hawaiian archeological
sites, burial sites, Karst caves, rare native plants, birds and many sinkholes (which Hunt Corp is filling in whenever found) and most importantly, has been identified in the FTA HART Federal Rail EIS as the "Leina a ka Uhane" a very sacred spirit portal back to the ancient homeland of Tahiti. This means it is a very special, sacred area to native Hawaiians. This could likely be grounds for
a lawsuit.

It is not a coincidence that the sacred "Leina" spirit leap area and ancient trails
are in the same place and this entire area is archeologically and culturally very significant on many levels. Yet the Navy has consistently refused to do any
Archeological Inventory Surveys and Cultural Landscape survey- claiming
that everything "they want to know" was done decades ago. In reality it is totally an illegal act and counter to Federal laws and best practice land management of government properties.

This is all counter to all recent high level State court cases. The NavFac Hunt Corp Navy acts in a very lawless manner and greatly damages public goodwill and opinion about the Navy in Hawaii. They have intentionally ignored the important historic and cultural features of this area and have continued to dig up, plow over and evade public land responsibilities on this property that the Navy said was part of the original lease agreement.
This area was also identified in a public State House and Senate Resolution, NCR-49, in 2009 as recommended for historic and cultural preservation, and supported also by three local Neighborhood Board resolutions. Every possible notice of public concern has been made and filed about this area for years but the Hunt Corp Navy continues to completely disregard and effectively deceive repeated stated public opinion. Totally lawless is how this Navy operation is run.

Illegal dumping without permits on property not even leased from Navy

Illegal dumping without permits on property not even leased from Navy

Hawaiian Rock Wall runs through a large part of this property


The entire Ewa Plain is a vast Karst (ancient Coral Reef) shelf


Construction work into Karst without any archeological survey (typical on Navy land)
1825 Malden Trails shown running through historic MCAS Ewa Warehouse District
1825 Malden Trails shown running near Coral Sea Road, former NAS Barbers Point - Kalaeloa

1825 Malden Trails shown running through former NAS Barbers Point - Kalaeloa


The Ahupua'a of Honouliuli

1825 Mapped Malden Trails running through ancient Kanehili

Malden Trail shown running from Honouliuli - West Loch across historic Ewa Plantation

Malden Trail shown running across historic Ewa Plantation
Pearl Harbor Historic Trail follows the Oahu Railway line

HCR 49, HD1     2009

Urges the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of the Interior, and United States Navy to preserve Marine Corps Air Station Ewa, or a portion of it, as a
National Monument.
Requests the United States Navy and its private, public and non-profit partners to proceed with the research, battlefield analysis, and other activities necessary to designate an appropriate boundary for nomination of Ewa Field to the Hawaii State and National
Registers of Historic Places.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Honolulu Votes To Desecrate, Destroy Important Hawaiian Cultural Site

City Council, Mayor of Honolulu Votes To Desecrate And Destroy Important Hawaiian Cultural Site With Bill 65

Federal EIS Document Shows Location and Importance Of Major Hawaiian Burial Site
All historic and cultural research shows that this Honouliuli-Ewa area is one of the most very important cultural and historic area's in the State of Hawaii. The identified "Leina a ka Uhane"
is an especially sacred wahi pana of the highest level. A HART EIS TCP (Traditional Cultural Place) report in April 2012 documents this.
One could almost say with certainty that there appears to be a sacred "cosmic alignment" of Hawaiian cultural history and western history in this special TCP area. The major aviation fields, beginning with the 1925 Mooring Mast Field, all have in common with the ancient Hawaiian Leina belief, a "spirit leaping" or "flying away" concept. All pilots know the spiritual aspects of flying a plane.
This ancient area, before it became MCAS Ewa and Barbers Point naval airports, was known as Kanehili, which was very much associated in Hawaiian cultural history with birds-"manu" and for special ceremonial bird feathers. In modern times scientists have found in the many Karst sinkholes and caves of this area the bones of ancient rare birds, including large pre-historic birds too large to fly.
The major 1825 mapped trails show Oahu's largest native population- Honouliuli Ewa- centered around rich, fertile lo'i farmlands, clear fresh streams, Karst springs, and linked to mountain forest resources, abundant and prolific shoreline ponds, fisheries and the best limu in on Oahu. Limu is not only very important as a food and medicine, but also a critically important part of the shoreline ecology that is today being destroyed.
This same area is where the ancient Tahitians arrived and planted the first breadfruit tree. Elaborate trails were built to link the many important Kanehili areas with Honouliuli, and were used for the annual Makahiki ceremonies. Hawaiian goddess Hi'iaka describes a journey through this area nearly one thousand years ago. On certain special nights the legions of ancient Hawaiian warriors, killed in the area's epic land battles, are known to march with torches on these same Honouliuli Ewa spiritual trails.
A large area of the most important, rich and fertile ancient Hawaiian farmland on Oahu, going back 1000 years and supporting Oahu's largest Hawaiian population, where the bones of hundreds of thousands of native Hawaiian farmers and island warriors are buried, will soon be covered over by a Texas corporation forever because of City Bill 65.
The very special Leina a ka Uhane will soon be totally destroyed by another Texas corporation in concert with City Bill 65 and the State's development authority- HCDA. Many areas have already been badly polluted and desecrated under HCDA's administration and nothing is being done to stop it, despite State laws and State Constitutional statutes. This what we have today as a "government" supposedly "for the people..."
What is it about Texas Corporations that are so intent on buying off our Hawaii politicians, using HCDA and Bill 65, so that they can destroy the most important and sacred lands on Oahu? Doesn't this seem like the ultimate greed and stupidity and so completely counter to "The Life Of The Land Is Perpetuated In Righteousness" ?
For those of us who have walked the land and have seen and felt the very special MANA (power) of this very special area know what a huge travesty and desecration is taking place- all in the name of greed and political payoffs. Without a doubt, some day a great disaster will befall  these evil desecrators of Oahu's most important lands and resources because this is simply not pono.
Those responsible for the rape of our lands should be looking over their shoulders and up to the heavens; there is not one ounce of moral justification for what Bill 65 developers and Hawaii politicians are doing to destroy the historic and cultural sites of these Honouliuli Ewa sacred places.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Rare native plant stalls land plans for Kalaeloa

Native Hawaiian Akoko Hinders HCDA Development Plans In Kalaeloa, West Oahu

Apr 21, 2013

An endangered native shrub found naturally on a plot of Navy land at the old Barbers Point Naval Air Station and nowhere else on the planet is at the center of a stalled land swap involving the Navy, state and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The population of Chamaesyce skottsbergii var. kalaeloana, otherwise known as the Ewa Plains akoko, dwindled from about 5,000 plants in 1979 to just over 630 last year, according to the service.

"If something isn't done to conserve this plant, then it's going to go extinct," said Aaron Nadig, a Fish and Wildlife biologist.
What should be done — and by whom — appears to be the million-dollar question in a time of ever-tightening budgets.
The Hawaii Community Development Authority, which is responsible for redeveloping the shuttered Navy base, said about 250 acres on three parcels, including the one that's home to the akoko, were offered to it after the Fish and Wildlife Service and state Department of Land and Natural Resources turned the land down.
The akoko occupies 150 to 160 acres at what used to be the Navy's northern trap and skeet range.
In 2011, the HCDA, a state agency, proposed an ambitious solar energy farm for that parcel, as well as on 80 acres of the adjoining southern trap and skeet range. No akoko has been identified on the southern parcel, officials said.
That later became a plan for 5 to 10 megawatts of photovoltaics on the northern site and 5 megawatts on the southern parcel, said Anthony Ching, HCDA's executive director.
Ching said prospective solar companies could work around the akoko. But in addition to a Fish and Wildlife Service recommendation that 99 acres of the northern site be set aside for an akoko preserve, the service said HCDA would have to be responsible for the ongoing preservation of the plant, Ching said.
Developing a conservation management plan, putting in fencing and a firebreak road, doing clearing work, and hiring people to maintain the site and the akoko could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in short- and long-term costs, Ching said.
"Let's call it a million-dollar commitment," he said.
Ching said Fish and Wildlife is "trying to establish an unfunded mandate (for HCDA) for a situation for which they themselves chose not to take responsibility."
He noted that an earlier proposal had HCDA setting aside 50 acres for akoko on the northern site. The Fish and Wildlife recommendation now is for 99 acres.
Both the northern and southern trap and skeet ranges were designated as "critical habitat" for the akoko, officials said.
"It (the akoko preservation) is a worthy effort. It's the law. We should protect our endangered species. I have no problem with that," Ching said. "But it can't be unreasonable. You can't expect to create an unfunded mandate and expect and then ask for the world and then seemingly create challenges for that to happen."
A photovoltaic field on the northern site alone could bring in a "couple hundred thousand" dollars in rent annually, but Ching said the costs and responsibility for the akoko make the plan — as well as HCDA taking the three sites from the Navy at all — unattractive.
Ching said he wasn't sure that the return on 50 acres for solar production on the northern site would justify a $1 million investment to take on responsibility for the akoko.
Given the potential costs, the solar plan on the northern and southern sites "is a decision for (the HCDA board) to consider, but my recommendation would not be likely to support that," Ching said.
"It doesn't look good, but I'm still seeking to confirm all the particulars," he said.
Ching said HCDA will pursue a 5-megawatt solar farm on a separate land parcel it already received at Kalaeloa.
The Fish and Wildlife Service, meanwhile, disputes Ching's contention that it didn't want the three parcels of land, which include the two former skeet ranges and Ordy Pond, a nearby 10,000-year-old water-filled karst sinkhole.
"That wasn't the situation," said Nadig, the Fish and Wildlife biologist. "The situation was that the Fish and Wildlife Service did want it, and they've actively pursued trying to include that as part of their conservation lands out there at Barbers Point."
But Fish and Wildlife didn't have the ability to take the land because of lead contaminants at the old skeet ranges and military dumping in and around Ordy Pond, Nadig maintained.
"Without the Navy maintaining liability for those contaminants, then Fish and Wildlife does not have the ability to acquire those lands," he said.
The Navy "essentially refused to maintain that (responsibility) and said, ‘You need to take it as is,'" Nadig said.
As for the "unfunded mandate" claim that Ching makes against Fish and Wildlife, Nadig said, "We did not impose anything on HCDA, or we're not telling HCDA they have to do anything."
Fish and Wildlife has been in contact from the beginning with HCDA and the solar companies that wanted to operate on the land.
"We're at a point where we need to protect a large chunk of this land for the species, because it only exists there," Nadig said. "We were very upfront from the beginning — if they can't do that, then maybe they shouldn't look to doing it, and look elsewhere."
A 2011 Navy environmental assessment for the disposal of surplus property at the old Barbers Point said the northern trap and skeet range was in active use in 1950 and abandoned sometime before the early 1960s.
A lead and arsenic removal project was conducted in 2003 and 2004, with about 52,000 cubic yards of material "stabilized" using "triple super phosphate" and 42,000 cubic yards processed through mechanical screens.
The assessment said soil with akoko clusters was manually excavated to preserve the plants.
The Navy said the actions cleaned the site to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency "unrestricted use" levels.
Nadig said there is still the potential of finding contaminants.
"You can still find lead out there," he said.
Bill Doughty, a spokesman for Navy Region Hawaii, said a "finding of no significant impact" for the reuse of Barbers Point land requires that the Navy have an akoko conservation and management plan in place before it transfers the land.
A nearly $1 million Navy cleanup of Ordy Pond was mounted earlier this year.
The endangered native plant that's creating all of the fuss is an unassuming shrub that grows 2 to 4 feet tall with roundish leaves that are shed in the summer. It has very small flowers and fruit, and milky sap.
A plant relative that grows on Molokai is genetically different, officials said.
Ewa Plains akoko thrived on the coral shelf substrate that underlies the area and which is full of karst sinkholes and underground water ways as a result of erosion.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

BILL 65 Ewa Development Plan Community Amendments

BILL 65 Ewa Development Plan Community Amendments

Ewa Development Plan Amendments Suggested from Previous EDP Community Meetings

1.      There should be NO BIOLAB allowed in Ewa under the Ewa Development Plan. The planned Level 3 Bio Lab will work with some of the most dangerous viruses in the world. There should be no deadly diseases brought into Ewa for experimentation on live animals. The proposed Level 3 Bio Lab will be built in very close proximity to a child day-care center and many very large nearby home rental developments and Hawaiian Homelands developments. Beyond them in close proximity are elementary, junior and senior schools with thousands of students.

2.      DHHL DeBartolo Shopping Center Compliance With Ewa Development Plan. The DHHL DeBartolo Shopping Center project, proposed as the second largest in the State of Hawaii with two large hotels and a massive parking structure, needs to be re-examined by DHHL and conformed to the intent of the Ewa Development Plan. Public hearings are needed along with meetings with DHHL administration to encourage compliance with the EDP. The State and City governments should arrange land swaps with DHHL in the central Kapolei business district so that DHHL can achieve their revenue goals while also being in compliance with the EDP.

3.      No desalination plant in EDP. The concept of Hawaiian ahupua'a sustainability and the Konohiki system should be the guiding policy with no desalination plant in the Ewa Development Plan. New development in the Ewa Plains should cease when there is the clear warning that natural aquifer water resources are being maximized. Without a wise guiding water supply policy based upon centuries of observation and knowledge the Ewa Plains are doomed to a future landscape that is vastly over built, over crowded and over polluted with exhausted water resources and ever higher public and private maintenance fees.

4.      Requirement that before any new schools in the Ewa Development Plan can be constructed with air-conditioning that all current schools be provided with air-conditioning first.

5.      Ewa Village Master Plan Needs To Be Completed. Recommend a Special Cultural and Historical Preservation District be established in Kalaeloa / 'Ewa to include: Ewa Field battlefield, the Hawaiian archeological features,  the OR & L Railway, the three (3) 'Ewa Historic Villages (Renton, Tenney and Varona), the plantation Manager's Mansion and the old grave yard and have all of these sites placed on the National Historic Register.

6.      East West connector road-  no Hoopili/Dr Horton development allowed until that road is built first and completed, from Kualaka`i Parkway to Aawa Drive.

7.      The Critical Need To Preserve Top Grade Irrigation Ready Food Sustainability Farmland. The State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture has confirmed that a majority of the Ho'opili lands slated for development are classified as "A" or "B" grade, or "prime" lands under the state's agricultural land grading system.

8.      Ewa Historic & Cultural Resources. This area was known as Kanehili and encompasses Hawaiian trails, habitation sites, burial sites and traditional cultural practice areas. Leina a ka Uhane (spiritual leaping off place back to the homeland of Tahiti) – wahi pana (sacred place) which was in the very recent April 2012 HART TCP (Traditional Cultural Place) Survey Report.

9.      Preservation of Special Ewa Plains Historic Heritage Trails. Recognize that there still are very special Ewa Historic Trails, first identified on Western maps in 1825 with coordination with the State of Hawaii “Na Ala Hele” Hawaii Trail and Access Program to begin the geographic information system registration of the Ewa Plains trails into the State’s historic trails inventory.

10.   HCDA Kalaeloa Coordination with City Ewa Development Plan. HCDA should conform to the Ewa Development Plan and not allow Spot Zoning projects which may not be compatible with the adjacent Ewa communities and commerical/industrial areas.

11.   Kapolei Business District. Build the downtown business district in Kapolei proper defined by boundaries of Kalaeloa Boulevard to the west and Ft. Barrett Road to the east parallel between Kapolei Parkway and Farrington Highway.

12.   Ewa Plains Karst Water System. The Ewa Plains is composed of a major ancient coral reef Karst fresh water system with important hydrological and geological features that requires special mitigations, as well as possible land development hazards. This Ewa Plains underground Karst water system is documented by the US Geological Survey, US Fish & Wildlife, University of Hawaii’s SOEST and Coastal Geology programs, State Water Board and Honolulu City and County commissioned hydrology studies. Restored Ewa Plains sinkholes have been documented to show that native Hawaiian shrimp will naturally appear without restocking due to the interconnected below ground water flow.

13.   North South Rd. Kualaka`i Parkway should terminate at Roosevelt Road and Coral Sea Road becomes main arterial thoroughfare to the Ewa shore and as second access route for Haseko development.

14.   Move Urban Growth Boundary. Move Urban Growth Boundary south to Mango Tree Blvd  - East to Ft Weaver- and West to Kualaka`i Parkway to ensure preservation of important high quality agricultural lands.

15.   Ewa Transportation. Change from "should" to "shall" in 4.1.6 GENERAL POLICIES. Adequate capacity for peak-hour H-1 freeway commuting is agreed to be Level of Service D.  The H-1 freeway has been at E for years, and will be at F by 2030—with Rail and without Ho’opili.  The ‘Ewa Neighborhood Board approved of changing “should” to “shall” in all of these statements. Provide adequate capacity for major peak-hour commuting to work in the Primary Urban Center. Adequate capacity for major peak-hour commuting shall be the national standard: Level of Service D. (Although the share of residents who will both live and work in Ewa is projected to increase from 17% in 1990 to 44% by 2020, a majority of residents will still commute to jobs outside the region.)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Welcome To Kanehili News - Sacred caves destroyed by Navy Contractors

Welcome To Kanehili News

ancient sacred Hawaiian cultural areas

Sacred caves in Hawaii may soon be destroyed by Navy Contractors

By John Bond | Mar 06, 2013   Kanehili Cultural Hui
HAWAII - Incredible Kanehili Ewa Karst Caves may be destroyed by Navy Contractors drilling and burying ancient sacred Hawaiian cultural areas without benefit of an Archaeological Inventory Survey. A Federal consultant said that this area likely contains hundreds if not THOUSANDS of Hawaiian burials as an area of the Leina a ka Uhane- spirit leaping place within Kanehili.

Most images are from a video camera placed down into cave entrances as we lacked cave exploration equipment to venture into them. The Kanehili Cultural Hui (KCH) is working to bring National Geographic and other investigative news organizations on the mainland to send out reporters to do a story about this major injustice.

The Navy has refused a request for consultation with KCH about archaeological discoveries and supplied documentation about major Karst Caves which are below their HECO (Hawaiian Electric Company) Power Line and PV Farm construction project. Prior military history notes Karst caves as large as railway cars and storage of WW-II bombs in such caves next to the airfield that was attacked on December 7, 1941.

The Navy's own test surveys also indicate caves but they have refused to share this data, which they had promised to do earlier. In addition they are not allowing cultural monitoring, which they had also promised to do earlier. In addition, the Section 106 for the project was completely rigged and not signed off on by any of the local Ewa Community because of the Navy arrogance to fix the outcome the way they wanted it.

Many of the Incredible Kanehili Karst Caves areas are surrounded by walls. Numerous important sinkholes and cave entrances have been found just this past weekend and shot on high-definition video. It is an established fact that these caves are hydrologically connected and water flows through them to the ocean. Further this area was designated by a Federal HART TCP survey as a major "Leina a ka Uhane" sacred place and recommended for the National Historic register as a Traditional Cultural Property.

Sacred caves in Hawaii may soon be destroyed by Navy

The Navy has refused Archaeological Inventory Survey despite all of the documented evidence that goes back to 1925 when the Ewa Mooring Mast was first constructed in this area. 1925 photos show the extensive coral limestone sinkholes and caves of the area and 1941 Ewa airfield construction further documents them.

These cave discoveries are makai (ocean side) of the Ewa Field area where Hunt Corp is currently putting in their solar farm and HECO is drilling down 9 feet below the surface to install a major 46 kV power line. An ancient Hawaiian implement which may possible be a kukui nut oil lamp was previously found, possibly used for going down into and exploring such caves by ancient Hawaiians.

The Navy refuses to do an Archaeological Inventory Survey despite all the evidence that they will be busting into ancient Hawaiian caves just below ground using boring and drilling equipment. This entire area was a major ancient Hawaiian cultural site with rich cultural significance and mentioned in the 1000 year old chants of Hi'iaka.