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`O`oma Reminder: Petitions/Hearing/Testimony

Email Circulating:

Attend this week’s State Land Use Commission (LUC) hearing
Wednesday, May 5th, 10:00am, King Kamehameha Hotel)
regarding a development company’s request
to change coastal `O`oma’s* Conservation classification to Urban.

This week — Help protect coastal Conservation land and public shoreline access!!

  • Pack this Wednesday’s State Land Use Commission (LUC hearing).
  • Provide great testimony to the LUC.
  • Convince the LUC that it’s the right thing to do to vote in favor of keeping `O`oma’s Conservation Classification.

Monday, May 3

Return petitions** to palmtree7@earthlink.net today; or make a copy of each page and give them to Kohanaiki Ohana rep. Rebecca Villegas at the Wednesday hearing.
[If you have a blank copy of the petition to circulate after today, please continue to circulate it until such time as a LUC decision is rendered***.]

Tuesday, May 4

Sign-waving: 4:00pm, new entrance to Kohanaiki shoreline area at Queen Ka`ahumanu Highway (aka, Shores of Kohanaiki). Bring sign to carry, if possible.
[Please feel free to sign wave at any other location and time that’s convenient for you!!]
Testimony sign-up: Plan to speak on Wednesday in support of protecting `O`oma, and, please let us know if you do plan to testify.
Send testimony to LUC to luc@dbedt.gov if you absolutely can’t make this Wednesday’s hearing.
Wednesday, May 5  — Speak out for `O`oma’s protection!!

What: Continued (from March) hearing regarding `O`oma’s reclassification
Where: King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, conference/ballroom
When: May 5, 10:00am — public testimony begins (and may only be taken until lunchtime, so come early!)
What if we already attended the March 3rd hearing in Waikoloa? Your presence this Wednesday will help show our community’s continued commitment to `O`oma’s protection.
Thursday, May 6th

`O`oma site visit — 11:30am, mile marker 95 on Queen Ka`ahumanu Highway (near the entrance to Kohanaiki/`O`oma). LUC commissioners will have a front-and-center look at the natural, open, coastal land that the community is fighting to save from un-economically feasible, unwanted, unnecessary development. `O`oma’s current owners and County reps will be there. The public is invited. (FYI, No public testimony will be taken on site, but community presence will help best insure that a fair look at the property occurs.)


*Coastal `O`oma is 300 acres makai of the Queen Ka`ahumanu Highway, adjacent and between NELHA and Kohanaiki (aka “Pine Trees”). This is a separate development from next door Kohanaiki’s (temporarily halted and already approved) golf course development.

**There are well over 2400 signatures on the petitions asking to protect `O`oma from reclassification, development, and the impending threat of limited public shoreline access. Senator Josh Green ’s cover letter will go with those petitions, and the huge stack of community names and cover letter will be presented, as one united voice, to LUC commissioners at Wednesday’s hearing.

***The LUC will not be making a decision on `O`oma’s reclassification on Wednesday. However long it takes, all parties are meant to have an opportunity to make their case to the commissioners. The reclassification decision may take several months to make. However, the LUC has promised that the decision-making hearing will be held in Kona. We’ll keep you updated.

Mahalo for your help and commitment to protecting Hawai`i’s natural, open, coastal lands.

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