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County solicits public input on Ke Ala Kahawai O Waimea path

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The County of Hawaii Department of Parks and Recreation is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Waimea Trails and Greenways project, Ke Ala Kahawai O Waimea in Waimea, Hawaii, and is conducting early consultation to solicit input from the community. The EA is being prepared in accordance with both State of Hawai‘i Chapter 343, HRS and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental guidelines and requirements.

The Ke Ala Kahawai O Waimea will be a shared use path extending 4.5 miles through Waimea, from the future County park (former Clark property) opposite the South Kohala View Estates subdivision on the west, to Church Row in Waimea Town on the east. The shared use path generally follows the meandering course of the Waikoloa Stream through urban and agricultural lands, both publicly and privately-owned. The proposed path will be paved, 10 to 12 feet in width and accessible to pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-motorized vehicles. The path will seek to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines for outdoor areas for the majority of its length. A major objective of the shared use path is to provide an alternative form of transportation that will link major destination points including residential areas, schools, office and commercial areas, and recreational areas.

The EA will explore several alternative alignments and possible signed shared roadways that would make up the shared use path system. It is anticipated that the Draft EA will be completed and available for public review within the next few months.

Please send your comments to: Ms. Leslie Kurisaki; Kimura International, Inc.; 1600 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 1610; Honolulu, Hawaii 96814, or via e-mail at lkurisaki@kimurainternational.com. Early consultation comments are requested by June 14, 2010.

For questions about the project, call Mr. Bobby Command, Office of the Mayor, at (808) 327-3602.

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