Stop Hawaiian Memorial from Developing on Conservation Land
Hawaiian Memorial Cemetery is trying to ONCE AGAIN ask the Land Use Commission to allow development on Conservation land. The area is the backdrop to Kaneohe by Castle High School. We think the land should be kept undeveloped.
The Hawaii Land Use Commission will be holding hearings in January to decide if the cemetery can expand. PLEASE HELP US PROTECT OUR KANEOHE!
The Land Use Commission hearings resume again on August 12. Due to Covid-19, the hearings will be held remotely on the Zoom meeting platform.
The July 22nd hearing closed, with us presenting only three of our witnesses. They will reschedule the remaining HMP-related hearings on 8/12.
The Land Use Commission is tentatively setting 9/23 as the date they will rule on HMP’s application.
(Past hearings are available on the Land Use Commission’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgkF71wneW9rJm_pggXFyxw)
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Proposed Development Area
Reasons Land Should Be Kept as Conservation
- The Land Use Commission had DENIED HMP’s 2009 Request to allow development. The LUC Stated several reasons in their denial. These reasons still exist today. Here are some quotes from the LUC’s 2009 Decision.
- Protect the Endangered Blackline Damselfly – There are less than a thousand of these in the entire world, and HMP will be encroaching habitat.
- There is sufficient Cemetery space on Oahu – as evident by advertisements at various cemeteries on Oahu.
- Proposal to bury people in the Kawaewae Heiau cultural preserve.
- Rockfall hazards
- Destruction of native flora and fauna ecosystems
- Destruction of scenic landscape for Kaneohe
- Flooding caused by loss of vegetation
- Loss of the Kawa Stream watershed
- Impact from run-off to Kaneohe Bay
- Dangers of pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides on Pikoiloa Residents
- Increased crime due to lack of security controls
- Risk of flooding from under-capacity retention ponds