By Karyn and Jeremy:
Lots of exciting issues are moving through the Ka’u Country community where we live. Over the next couple weeks and months we will be updating on the progress of these issues as well as sharing our opinions about them.
Volcanoes National Park Visitor And Trail Restoration
Urgent! Public comments must be submitted by September 10th!
Volcanoes National Park is considering a redesign of the Visitor’s Center, driving access and trail system. There are four options and you should know which you prefer. Stay tuned for our coverage.
Issues: Climate change, wildlife preservation, transportation, tourism, recreation, hiking, public access, Nene protection.
Turtle And Petroglyph Sites In Modern Hawai’i: Development Of Near By Lava Lands And Beach Sites For Commercial And Residential Use
Kahuku Village construction has been an issue of public debate for more than two years in our area. The issue may soon be resolved, as we move closer to an agreement between businesses and residents. A
Issues: Endangered Turtle protection, water use for proposed golf course, job creation, affordable housing costs, tourism, traffic (air/car), open space preservation, solar and wind power, waste runoff.
Experimental Biofuel Plant Proposed Near Pahala, Hawai’i
Issues: Technical feasibility, energy costs, land use/protection, tax revenue, air pollution, invasive crops, agricultural impacts, waste runoff
HECO and ‘Āina Koa Pono have agreed to develop a 13,000 acre Energy Farm as well as a processing plant located on the site of the old macadamia equipment shed. The industrial zoned plot is owned by the Edmund Olson trust. Company officials say the $320 million project will create a minimum of 300 construction jobs over the first two years and ultimately more than 100 permanent operation and farming jobs.But residents had a lot of questions about what the benefits to the community will be, aside from the jobs.
We have returned from a short break due to the recent arrival of family. We have a bunch of pictures and new material to share, so look out for posts over the next couple weeks. If you have a subscription, we suggest revising your settings to that you receive a bundled email at the end of each week which provides a summary of our updates (rather than receiving an email for each new post). You can access these settings in any of the emails you have received from our website.
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- New Trail Opens in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (damontucker.com)
- Should Hawaiian volcano’s haze mean refineries don’t have to reduce pollution? (civilbeat.com)
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Seeks Public Input on Kahuku Restoration Plans (hawaiireporter.com)
- New Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park Quarter to Be Released – Coin Forum Night Before (damontucker.com)
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Turns 96 (hawaiireporter.com)