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Department of Business Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT) Hawai‘i Interisland Renewable Energy Program – Wind

A member of the consultant team led by AECOM to prepare the Federal Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, the State Environmental Impact Statement and the Cultural Impact Assessment. Ku‘iwalu’s principal responsibility was to manage the community engagement process for both the Federal Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and the State Cultural Impact Assessment. The EIS process will consider potential wind farm developments on two of Hawai‘i’s most rural islands, Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i, whose residents rely on the natural resources for subsistence. This project will also evaluate the environmental and cultural issues related to the undersea cable that will potentially transmit energy from the County of Maui to O‘ahu, as well as potential environmental issues related to landing sites near Marine Corps Base Hawai‘i in Kāne‘ohe, Honolulu Harbor, or Pearl Harbor.

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Fifield Companies Allure Waikīkī Condominium Project

Ku‘iwalu was contracted by the Fifield Companies to provide assistance with their cultural resource management and consultation needs in the development of their luxury condominium project – the Allure Waikīkī. Common with our cultural resource management projects, Ku‘iwalu implemented a proactive plan to ensure timely compliance with historic preservation mandates to ensure that construction activities proceeded timely and efficiently – this was done with thoughtful coordination between Ku‘iwalu, Fifield, recognized cultural descendants, the archaeological consultant, the State Historic Preservation Division, and the O‘ahu Island Burial Council. Ku‘iwalu was responsible for meeting with government agencies, native Hawaiian descendants and organizations and gathering support to facilitate the development of the project.

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Friends of Moku‘ula, United States Army Corps of Engineers Mokuhinia Ecosystem Restoration Project

Ku‘iwalu was retained by the Friends of Moku‘ula and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to facilitate public meetings and engage the community regarding the restoration of Moku‘ula, a fishpond that previously had an island in its center and was a favorite dwelling of the ali‘i class. When the capital of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i moved to Honolulu, Moku‘ula fell into disrepair to the point where it was filled and made into a baseball field. Ku‘iwalu engaged the community regarding plans to restore the fishpond and aquatic ecosystem that once thrived there.

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General Growth Properties (GGP) Ala Moana Shopping Center Renovations

Ku‘iwalu provided cultural consultation services for the planning and design of GGP’s Ala Moana Shopping Center expansion projects. This service specifically entailed assisting GGP in developing proactive measures to address culturally sensitive issues, in particular, the culturally appropriate management of native Hawaiian burials. The measures included consulting with potential lineal and cultural descendants who may have ancestors buried within the Ala Moana Shopping Center area.

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Hawai‘i Community Development Authority (HCDA)

Ku‘iwalu was awarded a consultant services contract to develop a comprehensive strategy and implementation plan for community outreach for HCDA for the various initiatives proposed by HDCA. Ku‘iwalu conducted a communication’s audit to determine the effectiveness of HCDA’s written material to effectively communicate its mission. Ku‘iwalu provided strategic counsel to positively position HCDA to fulfill its mission to transform Kaka‘ako and Kalaeloa as economical and socially vibrant communities. Ku‘iwalu’s role included facilitating public meetings, developing a strategic approach to address the issues surrounding Kewalo Harbor and its tenants, as well as assisting in the community planning for the Mauka and Makai area rules.

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Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART)

Kuiwalu is assisting HART to be in compliance with the State Historic Preservation Review process, specifically Chapter 6E of the Hawai‘i Revised Statutes, as well as facilitate timely review and approval of project activities, including permitting, planning, construction, etc. Consulting and coordination with cultural and lineal descendants, O‘ahu Island Burial Council, State Historic Preservation Division, State Department of Land & Natural Resources, and other regulatory agencies.

The Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC)
Ward Village Master Plan

Ku‘iwalu provides cultural consultation services for the planning and design of HHC’s 20-year Master Plan for their 60 acres of land in the Kaka‘ako district. This service specifically entails assisting HHC in developing proactive measures to address culturally sensitive issues, in particular, the culturally appropriate management of native Hawaiian burials. This includes consulting with potential lineal and cultural descendants who may have ancestors buried within the 60 acres of the proposed development. Ku‘iwalu was formerly retained by GGP and helped to facilitate the settlement and dismissal of a contested case hearing in regards to cultural and historic preservation concerns related to the Master Plan Development. Ku‘iwalu facilitated the consultation process with the cultural descendants, State Historic Preservation Division and the O‘ahu Island Burial Council in the reinterment of the iwi kūpuna discovered during construction of the Ward Villages Project.

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Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve Commission (KIRC)

KIRC is a state agency with the responsibility for managing the island of Kaho‘olawe which was formerly used as a training ground and bombing range for the Armed Forces of the United States. Ku‘iwalu was responsible for the public outreach and community involvement campaigns for the KIRC. This contract involved the development of a media campaign to educate the general public and stakeholders – native Hawaiian community, fishing community, federal, state, and county agencies, and private interests – on the cultural significance of the island and the continued dangers of unexploded ordnance. Ku‘iwalu coordinated the development of educational and multi-media materials for public distribution.

The Kobayashi Group/McNaughton Group – Vida Project in Kaka‘ako, Park Lane at Ala Moana, King’s Village in Waikīkī

Ku‘iwalu provided The Kobayashi Group / McNaughton Group (MK Group) cultural consultation services for the planning, design and construction of their development projects, including the Vida Project in collaboration with Kamehameha Schools, Park Lane Project in collaboration with General Growth Properties, and King’s Village in Waikīkī. Ku‘iwalu assisted MK in developing a culturally sensitive proactive outreach plan with potential and recognized lineal and cultural descendants with respect to the sensitive treatment of native Hawaiian burials.  Ku‘iwalu also provided consultation services for compliance with the State Historic Preservation and Burial Laws. The consultation process included facilitating meetings with lineal and cultural descendants.

Outrigger Enterprises, Inc. (OEI) Beachwalk Redevelopment Project

Contracted by OEI to assist with their cultural resource management consultation needs in the redevelopment of their Waikīkī projects. Ku‘iwalu implemented a proactive plan for timely compliance with historic preservation mandates while ensuring that construction activities proceeded timely and efficiently. Ku‘iwalu was responsible for overseeing the archaeological and cultural resource management services and gathering support and addressing concerns of the various stakeholders (native Hawaiian descendants and organizations, government agencies, and private enterprises) involved in this project.

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Sandwich Isles Communications, Inc. (SIC) Statewide Fiber Optic Cable Project

SIC is a rural telephone company that installs underground fiber optic cables through existing State Department of Transportation and County roadways for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. Ku‘iwalu was responsible for, among several other responsibilities, cultural resource management compliance and conducting statewide community and individual meetings with agencies and native Hawaiian organizations during the planning and construction activities for the SIC project. Ku‘iwalu assisted with addressing concerns of the various stakeholders (native Hawaiian communities, government agencies, and private enterprises) involved in this project.

Travaasa Hāna, Maui

Ku‘iwalu assisted Travaasa Hāna, Maui with developing a recommended course of action to  timely and culturally address proper treatment of the human burial remains discovered at Hāmoa Beach during construction-related activities. The consultation process included recommendations that are in compliance with Hawai‘i State Burial Laws; consultation and coordination with Recognized Cultural Descendants, SHPD, Maui County Public Works, State Department of Health, Maui-Lāna‘i Island Burial Council (MLIBC), hotel staff, archaeologists, and the Hāna community.

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Turtle Bay Resort (TBR) – Revised Master Planning and Supplemental Impact Statement Process

Ku‘iwalu provided TBR cultural consultation and community engagement services for the development of the Revised Master Plan for the 800+ acres of land in Kahuku for the proposed resort development expansion. Ku‘iwalu’s role was to facilitate the compliance with the Historic Preservation Review Process, including issues related to the archaeological inventory and the cultural impact assessment associated with the supplemental environmental impact statement. Ku‘iwalu also facilitated the consultation process with the Kahuku Burial Committee, State Historic Preservation Division, and the O‘ahu Island Burial Council to address culturally sensitive issues, in particular, the culturally appropriate management of native Hawaiian burials.

U.S. Department of Energy – Preparation of Initial Preliminary Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

Ku‘iwalu was retained by the U.S. Department of Energy to assist in preparing a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for USDOE and UH/HNEI review. Ku‘iwalu’s role included compiling, tracking, answering, resolving internal review comments on the initial and concurrent versions of the Draft PEIS, coordination with project partners, meeting logistics, data collection and analyses, communication coordination and outreach.

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United States Fish and Wildlife Service / Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU), UH Mānoa Remove Rats, Restore Hawai‘i

Ku‘iwalu was retained to develop a community and communications outreach plan for the collaborative federal (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and the Natural Resources Section of the U.S. Army Environmental Division) and state (Department of Land and Natural Resources) Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement to preserve and protect native species from the devastating effects of rodents. Ku‘iwalu’s primary role was to facilitate public education awareness about the effects of rodents on native species, in particular its adverse effects on Native Hawaiians’ ability to exercise traditional and customary gathering practices of these valuable resources. This effort involves the development of a strategic statewide plan to educate the community, in particular the Native Hawaiian community, and solicit their support during the environmental review process.

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UH) Comprehensive Management Plan for Mauna Kea Science Reserve

Ku‘iwalu was retained by UH to prepare the Comprehensive Management Plan for the Mauna Kea Science Reserve (CMP). The preparation of the CMP involved extensive review of previous management and master plans, and environmental reports (both state and federal environmental assessments and impact statements). The critical component of the CMP has been developing both traditional forms of public outreach (public meetings and mail outs) and small, talk story sessions in venues that are more conducive to rural communities, in particular native Hawaiian communities to solicit a wide array of input. This effort involved coordination with native Hawaiian organizations, and scientific, educational, recreational and regulatory agencies to forge partnerships to address the very culturally and environmentally sensitive issues related to managing the cultural and natural resources on Mauna Kea.

Cades Schutte Walmart Ke‘eaumoku

Ku‘iwalu was contracted by Cades Schutte to specifically facilitate and coordinate with the recognized Cultural Descendants, State Historic Preservation Division, O‘ahu Island Burial Council, Walmart and other relevant parties the reinterment of the iwi kūpuna discovered on the Ke‘eaumoku Walmart site. Ku‘iwalu was responsible for drafting and coordinating a revised Burial Site Component of the Data Recovery Plan, regular meetings with the Cultural Descendants, public presentations before the O‘ahu Island Burial Council, and the logistical arrangements for the actual reinterment of the iwi kūpuna which was completed in December 2009.