DLNR EXTENDS PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR DRAFT MASTER PLAN, EIS FOR HĀ‘ENA STATE PARKPosted on Sep 9, 2015
Comments will be accepted through October 8, 2015
LIHU‘E, KAUA‘I — The Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of State Parks will continue to accept public comments on the Master Plan and Draft EIS for Hā‘ena State Park through October 8, 2015. The required public comment period of forty-five (45) days, ends today, but State Parks will continue to accept comments in response to requests from the public to allow more time to review the large and complex document. A public meeting held in Hanalei on August 19th to present the plan which attracted nearly 300 attendees, many of whom suggested that there was not enough time to adequately review the plan and provide comments by the September 8 deadline. Additional written requests for more time have been received by DLNR. “We believe it is important for the public to have additional time to provide quality feedback to improve the plan,” said Suzanne case, DLNR Chairperson. “ The plan is complex, contains unique and untested elements to reduce resources impacts, with an overarching goal to simply improve public safety and restore a quality experience to the public – this warrants more time for public review” said Curt Cottrell, newly selected State Parks Administrator.
The Division of State Parks and PBR Hawaii, its Consultant for the Hā‘ena State Park Master Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), have worked collaboratively with the community to develop and refine a Master Plan for the park. As part of the master planning process, a 32-member Master Plan Advisory Committee (MPAC) was established and focused on the cultural and historical significance of the area.
The draft EIS is currently available for download – click here to access the document.. Comments should be sent to Lauren Tanaka, Division of State Parks, 1151 Punchbowl St., Room 310, Honolulu, HI 96813 or by email to: [email protected] or to Kimi Yuen, PBR Hawaii, 1001 Bishop St., Suite 650, Honolulu, HI 96813 with email: [email protected]. To receive a written response, please include your full name and mailing address.