July 5, 2022 – Meeting Agenda

Kīlauea Neighborhood Association
Meeting Agenda
July 5, 20227:00pm
Via ZOOM – see login information below
The agenda may change as the meeting date approaches.

Call to order: 7:00 pm

Committee/Community Reports
– Treasurer’s Report & Finance Committee
– Planning Committee
– Communication Committee
– Fundraising Committee

New Business / Invited Guests
– Mayoral Debate: Friday, July 8th at 7pm, Kīlauea Theater, 2490 Keneke Street

Old Business
– Līhuʻe Airport Masterplan input
– Kalihiwai Reservoir decommissioning

Updates
– Seniors
– PTSA
– ʻĀina Hoʻokupu o Kīlauea (Ag Center)
– Anaina Hou Community Park
– Kīlauea Point NWR & Friends of Kauaʻi Wildlife Refuges
– Kaulana Kīlauea
– Kiaʻi Kāhili
– Na Kiaʻi Nihokū
– Namahana Public Charter School

Announcements

Approval of Meeting Minutes: June 2022 minutes, affirm motion passed via Board vote outside of meeting

Adjournment

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Charter approved for new Kaua‘i North Shore middle and high school

Middle and High School Finally Within Reach for Kaua‘i’s North Shore

Namahana School Receives Conditional Approval from Hawai‘i State Public School Charter Commission

Today the Hawai‘i State Public Charter School Commission granted its first new charter approval in five years to Namahana School, a visionary charter school poised to fill a longstanding need for tuition-free education past sixth grade on Kaua‘i’s North Shore. Currently, all children in the region must travel to Kapa‘a Middle School or beyond to access public education after elementary school. This involves commutes that can add up to 1.5 hours each way, as well as restricting opportunities for them and their families to engage with sports and other school activities. Namahana School was one of only two applicants granted conditional approval out of an original 12 submissions in 2020.

“This moment has been years in the making, and for everyone who has been working tirelessly to make this school a reality, it feels like the stars are truly aligning in support of our vision,” said Lorri Mull, Education Chair of the Kaua‘i North Shore Community Foundation (KNSCF). Namahana School began in 2015 as an initiative of KNSCF, which served as the project incubator. KNSCF later secured a 99-year land license for eight acres at the Wai Koa plantation from philanthropist Joan Porter and then went on to raise more than $3 million for preliminary costs associated with the development of the charter school.

“Without the tremendous generosity of Joan Porter and her late husband, Bill, this dream might have remained beyond our reach,” emphasized Mull. “They understood years ago how badly our community needed a school that could keep children and families connected to each other, and to the North Shore itself. We are immensely grateful to them and all the other people who stepped up to get us this far.”

Namahana School plans to welcome its first cohort of students in grades 7 and 8 in the fall of 2025. With conditional approval, Namahana School will enter into a two-year pre-opening charter school contract with the Charter Commission that will contain pre-opening assurances to be met during the start-up period. Once assurances are met, a five-year charter contract will be awarded. The school would then incorporate a new grade each year until it reaches its target capacity of 360 students in grades 7-12.

“A public charter will enable us to welcome students from Anahola to Hā‘ena to experience what we believe will be a life-changing educational experience,” said Melanie Parker, Chair of the Namahana School Governing Board, which is responsible for ensuring that the school fulfills its mission by providing academic and financial oversight of its operations. “We are so grateful to the Hawai’i State Public Charter School Commission for their confidence in the strength of Namahana School’s application and their recognition of the support of Kaua’i’s North Shore community in developing a public charter middle and high school.”

The School’s mission and vision were articulated through a rigorous community engagement process across the communities of Kaua‘i’s North Shore, defined as those within the moku boundaries of Halele‘a and Ko‘olau. This process took place in 2019 and was spearheaded by Dr. Kapua Chandler, Namahana’s school leader. Chandler was born and raised in Kīlauea, and obtained her Master’s in Educational Administration from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and her PhD in Higher Education and Organizational Change from the University of California, Los Angeles. Because of her family’s deep roots in the area, she is well versed in the cultural and community-based framework for Namahana’s ‘āina-based curriculum, which is built around three core values derived from the community listening process: Aloha ʻĀina (to practice a shared understanding of our kuleana for ʻāina); Aloha Kanaka (to respect and mālama our community, our families, and ourselves); and Aloha i ke Ao (to perpetuate pono practices to navigate cultures of the world).

“Our educational philosophy is student-driven, hands-on, and tailored to solving real-world problems. It is designed to empower our students to actively contribute to a resilient future on Kauaʻi and beyond,” explained Chandler. “Namahana School students will gain essential skills for personal and professional fulfillment, while learning to become engaged kiaʻi, or caretakers, of their island home. We are confident that they will grow to be leaders who seek solutions to the greatest challenges facing both their communities and the world.”

The School’s fundraising efforts are now being spearheaded by the Namahana Education Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated solely to supporting Namahana School. “Now that we have our conditional charter approval, our next challenge is raising the funds to build a campus that reflects Namahana’s vision and values,” said Jessica Kaui Fu, Chair of the Namahana Education Foundation. “We are grateful to KNSCF for their tireless efforts and their initial funding for the Namahana Educational Foundation. As has been the case every step of the way, we know that we can only meet our next goals with the full support and participation of our community.”

Namahana School will be organizing a public community event later this summer to share the progress of the school to-date, including a timeline of next steps and opportunities for community involvement. More information and updates about Namahana School can be found at www.namahanafoundation.org.

Mahalo,
Kapua Chandler
Namahana School Leader

Regarding Hui status to manage portion of Haʻena State Park

Aloha fellow Kauai residents. Below is a Template for a letter to be sent to the BLNR regarding the Hui lease agreement with the state.

The Hui currently has a year to year revocable permit to manage parking lot and surrounding area.  We are trying to turn this into a long term lease to strengthen our organizations ability to care for the place and continue to provide educational and cultural experiences for the people.

All signs were pointing to approval but last minute the AG is now saying he doesn’t approve.  We need to overwhelm the BLNR with support letters, from all walks of life in our community. Please take 5-10 minutes to help us and forward this to anyone you think is supportive of our efforts and might help as well!!

Your name and address at the top or the name of organization (use letterhead if possible)

June ___, 2022 (no later than Thursday morning at 9:00 am)

Board of Land & Natural Resources
Via e-mail:  blnr.testimony@hawaii.gov
Department of Land & Natural Resources
P.O. Box 621
Honolulu, HI  96809

Subject: BLNR Agenda  Item E.1 – Authorize the DLNR to Directly Negotiate a Five-Year Lease with Hui Makaʻāinana o Makana at Hāʻena State Park, Kauaʻi

Aloha Chair Case and Members of the Board of Land & Natural Resources:

            Mahalo for the opportunity to testify in support of Agenda Item E-1 which is the Division of State Parks’ staff recommendation to issue a 5-year general lease to Hui Makaʻāinana O Makana (Hui).

Include several talking points in your own words. Does not need to be more than one page. Short and sweet is fine.

Aloha, your name here.

Thank you in advance, and Please call or email me if you have any questions. 

Santo Giorgio, Treasurer
Hui Maka‘āinana o Makana
Cell: (808) 634-0637

Līhu‘e Airport Master Plan

The State of Hawaii Department of Transportation – Airports Division (HDOT-A) is updating the 1989 Lihue Airport Master Plan and 1991 Part 150 Noise Exposure Map and Noise Compatibility Study.

The Master Plan Update will reflect new facilities, current forecasts of aviation activity and new environmental and other regulatory constraints, and plan for the appropriate mix of land uses to support projected aviation and non-aviation needs.

The Part 150 Noise Exposure Map Update will also reflect current and forecast operations at LIH.

The HDOT-A welcomes your participation and feedback. Click HERE for more information.

A petition has been formed to gather names against the growth and expansion of the airport. Click HERE.

Ciguatera Fish Poisoning Survey

I am a researcher at the University of Hawaiʻi conducting a study on the prevalence and impacts of ciguatera fish poisoning in Hawaiʻi. I am doing anonymous online surveys (5-10 minutes) that are open to all fishers and more targeted interviews with fishers who have gotten ciguatera fish poisoning from fish caught in Hawaiʻi (45-60 mins). Because the time commitment is a big ask, interview participants will be compensated $100 for their time and expertise.

If you or anyone else you know might be interested in participating, the survey can be accessed here, and people can contact me at this email (enalley@hawaii.edu) for more information about the interviews. Participants from all islands are welcome!

Mahalo!
Eileen Nalley 

June 7, 2022 – Meeting Agenda

Kīlauea Neighborhood Association
Meeting Agenda
June 7, 20227:00pm
Via ZOOM – see login information below
The agenda may change as the meeting date approaches.

Call to order: 7:00 pm

Committee/Community Reports
– Treasurer’s Report & Finance Committee
– Planning Committee
– Communication Committee
– Fundraising Committee

New Business / Invited Guests
– Nadine Nakamura: update on the last legislative session
– Līhuʻe Airport Masterplan input

Old Business
– Kīlauea Community Agricultural Center use of Pavilions – letter of support
– Kalihiwai Reservoir decommissioning

Updates
– Seniors
– PTSA
– ʻĀina Hoʻokupu o Kīlauea (Ag Center)
– Anaina Hou Community Park
– Kīlauea Point NWR & Friends of Kauaʻi Wildlife Refuges
– Kaulana Kīlauea
– Kiaʻi Kāhili
– Na Kiaʻi Nihokū
– Namahana Public Charter School

Announcements

Approval of Meeting Minutes: May 2022 minutes, affirm motion passed via Board vote outside of meeting

Adjournment

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May 3, 2022 – Meeting Agenda

Kīlauea Neighborhood Association
Meeting Agenda
May 3, 20227:00pm
Via ZOOM – see login information below
The agenda may change as the meeting date approaches.

Call to order: 7:00 pm

Committee/Community Reports
– Treasurer’s Report & Finance Committee
– Planning Committee
– Communication Committee
– Fundraising Committee

New Business / Invited Guests
– Larry Dill / Kauaʻi District Engineer – update on road closures, tree clearing, town roundabout, etc.
– Jim Edmonds / Permanently Affordable Living
– Usage of Pavilions at the Kīlauea Community Agricultural Center
– Update on Kāhili Quarry Road access

Old Business
– Woods’ Guest House in Seacliff: Santo Giorgio of Design Concepts, requesting approval for an SMA Permit Application
– Kīlauea Town sign
– Kalihiwai Reservoir decommissioning

Updates
– Seniors
– PTSA
– ʻĀina Hoʻokupu o Kīlauea (Ag Center)
– Anaina Hou Community Park
– Kīlauea Point NWR & Friends of Kauaʻi Wildlife Refuges
– Kaulana Kīlauea
– Kiaʻi Kāhili
– Na Kiaʻi Nihokū
– Namahana Public Charter School

Announcements

Approval of Meeting Minutes: April 2022 minutes, affirm motion passed via Board vote outside of meeting

Adjournment

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Kīlauea Egg Hunt

We have some eggs-citing news. Thanks to the dedication and guidance of Nanea Marston and other community members, the Kīlauea Egg Hunt will be held this Saturday at the Kīlauea Ball Park. It is being organized very late so it will not be all that it usually is, but it will be happening.

Thanks to a special volunteer, the Easter Bunny will be there! Free lunches are available to a limited number of kids.  Please see flyer for instructions to preorder lunches.

Mahalo,
Sonrisa Stepath
212-4748
sonrisastepath@yahoo.com

Update on access to the Mokolea side of Kāhili Beach via Kāhili Quarry Road

Wade Lord of the County of Kauaʻi Public Works Division has provided the following update:

The culvert repair is in the hands of the FEMA “E.H.P.” Group (Environmental Dept), which is in charge of reviewing all plans involving water/wildlife etc.

The plan submitted to FEMA is for returning the culvert to pre-flood damage condition and is not an overall reconstruction to mitigate future storm damage. He has received numerous inquiries since the submission of the original plans with requests to harden/improve the entire culvert. However, to revisit and re-permit for a larger scale repair would take at least another 12-18 months, as there are no resources (meaning private contractors or availability) to review the entire area above and below the impacted site. The County’s in-house surveyors are the ones who went out and submitted the work order, and they are now on to other projects (as there are a lot just on Kauaʻi).

So, in essence, there is a wait time of 2 years from receipt of all estimates. Wade affirmed that that the repair will be solid and will include Geotek and Ripwrap, which stabilizes the soil.  He is confident that it will be a long lasting repair, as their specs include concerns identified from Seacliff runoff and erosion into the flood plain below.

He also shared that, in past experiences, they have gone forward with repairs in other places without FEMA funds in place. However, that approach led to complications and they won’t do that again, even though the desire to reopen the road is vital.