A17-803 Kealia Properties, LLC


Kealia Properties, LLC (“Petitioner”) is requesting to amend the boundaries of the State Land Use Agricultural District into the State Urban District for approximately 53.361 acres of land at Kealia, Kawaihau, Island of Kaua`i covering Tax Map Key No. (4)-4-7-004:001 (portion).  The proposed project is called Kealia Mauka Homesites that would develop approximately 235 residential lots.  The proposed Kealia Mauka Homesites will require the use of state or county lands, including public roadways that will trigger an environmental assessment under Section 343-5(a)(1), Hawai`i Revised Statutes (HRS).


Petitioner filed a draft Petition with the Commission on Monday October 16, 2017.  The draft Petition underwent a 30-day staff review for completeness and was determined to be incomplete until the Chapter 343, HRS, environmental review process has been completed and Petitioner had filed an amended Petition.

Petitioner also filed on October 16, 2017, Petitioner’s Motion to Designate the Land Use Commission as Approving Authority for Environmental Statement Under Chapter 343 and for Authority to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement Preparation Notice (“EISPN”).  The Commission scheduled a hearing on this request for November 8-9, 2017, at Lihu`e, Kaua`i and issued a Decision and Order on November 13, 2017, agreeing to be the accepting authority for the EIS and directed the applicant to prepare an EISPN.  The approval to prepare and file an EISPN began the public review process for this proposed project.

The applicant filed a draft EIS in April 2018 with a 45-day public review and comment period ending on June 22, 2018.  A Final EIS for review by the Commission was filed with OEQC and the Commission in July 2019.  The Commission held a hearing to consider the FEIS on July 25, 2019; that hearing was continued.  The Commission has scheduled the continued hearing for August 8, 2019, to be held on Kauai at Kauai Community College starting at 9:30am.

A Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Decision and Order Accepting the Final Environmental Impact Statement was executed on August 9, 2019.

The last activity on this docket occurred on August 14, 2019, when the LUC mailed correspondence and publication forms to OEQC for the FEIS.

<strong>LUC Notices and Orders</strong><strong>Petitioner Filings</strong><strong>State</strong> <strong>Office of Planning & Sustainable Development (OPSD) Filings</strong><strong>County of Kaua`i Filings</strong><strong>Correspondence</strong><strong>Public Comments</strong>

Petitioner’s Motion to Designate the Land Use Commission as Approving Authority for Environmental Statement Under HRS Chapter 343 and for Authority to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement Preparation Notice (“EISPN”) filed October 16, 2017

Petition for Land Use District Boundary Amendment and Exhibits 1 – 5 filed October 16, 2017


Exhibit 1 – Regional Location Map

Exhibit 2 – Land Tax Key Parcel Description and Metes and Bounds Map

Exhibit 3 – Land Tax Key Plat Map

Exhibit 4 – Property Title Report

Exhibit 5 – Kealia Mauka Homesites EISPN plus Public Notice & Certificate of Service

Petitioner’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (“DEIS”) filed April 24, 2018

Petitioner’s Request for review of Cultural Impact Assessment (CIA) (6-19-19)

Petitioner’s Final Environmental Impact Statement (7-11-19)

*Click on Indexed FEIS files below- (entire FEIS file is too large to display on this web page)

Final Environmental Impact Statement, Keālia Mauka Homesites, July 2019

  • Part 1 – Signature Page through Chapter 2
    o Signature Page
    o Preface
    o Table of Contents
    o Summary
    o Chapter 1 Introduction
    o Chapter 2 Proposed Action and Alternatives

Part 2 – Chapter 3 Natural and Physical Environment

Part 3 – Chapter 4 Human Environment

Part 4 – Chapter 5 through Chapter 8
o Chapter 5 Relationship to Plans, Policies and Controls
o Chapter 6 Other Impacts and Issues
o Chapter 7 EIS Preparers and Contributors
o Chapter 8 References

Part 5 – Chapter 9 Parties Consulted During Preparation of the Draft and Final EIS
o Matrix Summary of EISPN Comments
o Matrix Summary of DEIS Comments
o EISPN Comments

Part 6 – DEIS Comments and Responses

Appendix A – Letter from County of Kaua‘i Planning Department, September 27, 2018, RE: Comments on Chapter 343 Disclosure Process, Departmental Determination DD-2016-70; County of Kaua‘i Planning Department, Departmental Determination DD-2016-70, Boundary Interpretation for General Plan, July 5, 2016

Appendix B – Botanical Resources Assessment, April 2017 and Botanical Resources Assessment for the Proposed Keālia Road Widening, Roundabout, and Sewer Improvement Project, December 2018, LeGrand Biological Surveys, Inc.

Appendix C – Faunal Surveys, April 2017 and Faunal Surveys Conducted for the Sewage Line, Keālia Properties Project, December 2018, Rana Biological Consulting

Appendix D1 – Revised Draft Archaeological Literature Review and Field Inspection Report (Kamai and Hammatt), Cultural Surveys Hawai‘i, April 2018

Appendix D2 –

Draft Archaeological Inventory Survey (AIS) Report, (Kamai, Folk and Hammatt), Cultural Surveys Hawai‘i, June 2019
o Part a – Transmittal letter, CSH comment matrix, AIS Report pp. i to 36
o Part b – AIS Report pp. 37 to 76
o Part c – AIS Report pp. 77 to 118

Appendix D3 – Chapter 6E-8 Historic Preservation Review Correspondence

o Correspondence Related to LRFI
1. LUC Letter to SHPD, February 27, 2018
2. SHPD Letter to LUC, May 29, 2018, Log No. 2018.00602, Doc No. 1805GC09
3. LUC Letter to SHPD, September 21, 2018
4. SHPD Letter to LUC, October 3, 2018, Log No. 2018.00602, Doc No. 1810DB01
o Correspondence Related to AIS Report
5. LUC Letter to SHPD, April 17, 2019, transmitting AIS Report
6. SHPD Letter to LUC, May 29, 2019, Log. No. 2018.00602, Doc No. 1805GC09
7. SHPD Letter to LUC, June 10, 2019, Log No. 2019.00892, Doc No. 1906DB01
8. LUC Letter to LUC, June 25, 2019, transmitting revised Draft AIS Report
9. Cultural Surveys Hawai‘i letter to LUC, June 25, 2019, with Comment Table

• Appendix E(a) – Draft Cultural Impact Assessment for Proposed Keālia Subdivision and Associated Sewer Line Project, Cultural Surveys Hawai‘i, March 2019

o Part a – CIA pp. 1 to 84
o Part b – CIA pp. 85 to 245
o Part c – CIA Appendix pp. 246 to 269
o Part d – CIA Appendix pp. 270 to 296

Appendix E(b) – CIA Transmittal to Aha Moku

Appendix F – CBRE Letter Response to DEIS Comments Regarding Market and Econometric Studies, April 9, 2019, and Market and Econometric Studies, CBRE, September 2017

Appendix G – Preliminary Engineering Report, Kodani & Associates Engineers, July 2017

Appendix H – Draft Final Traffic Impact Analysis Report, Austin, Tsutsumi & Associates, Inc., May 10, 2019

Appendix I – Hydrogeological Memorandum, Subject: Potential Impact of Additional Use of the Two Keālia Water System Wells to Supply the Keālia Mauka Homesites Project, Revised September 19, 2018, Tom Nance Water Resource Engineering

Appendix J – Draft Noise Measurement and Evaluation Report, CENSEO AV+Acoustics, October 19, 2018

Appendix K – Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment, EnviroServices & Training Center LLC, September 2018

Appendix L – Letter from State of Hawai‘i Department of Transportation, Highways Division dated February 25, 2019, Confirming Kapa‘a Stream bridge will be able to accommodate eight-inch sewer force main.

Appendix M – Email from State of Hawai‘i Department of Education, Office of School Facilities and Support Services dated August 1, 2018. Confirming DOE will not request fair share contribution

Petitioner Correspondence to OEQC re: FEIS publication (7/11/19)

Petitioner Subpoena documents filed July 15, 2019, in PDF with regard to the above matter:

1. Petitioner Kealia Properties, LLC’s Motion for Issuance of Subpoena
2. Subpoena

Petitioner’s Notice of FEIS completion and “wet signature” for FEIS (7/17/19)

State of Hawaii Department of Defense Comment Letter (12/01/17)

EISPN Comments from University of Hawaii- Water Resources Research Center & Karen Gibbons (12/19/17)

EISPN Comments (12/28/17) from:

  • Department of Public Works, County of Kauai
  • Kealia Kai Homeowners
  • Jirair and Aderineh Saralou
  • SOH-DLNR-Division of Forestry and Wildlife
  • SOH-DLNR- Land Division
  • SOH-DLNR- Engineering Division

12/29/17 EISPN Comment from US Department of Interior- Fish and Wildlife Service

1/4/18– EISPN Comment letters from Petitioner’s Planner from:



DOH Kauai District Office

DOH Safe Drinking Water Branch

Water Resources Research Center

Department of Transportation Comments (7/18/18)



The Kauai Bus


LUC Correspondence to OEQC re: Publication of EISPN (7/11/19)

Karen Gibbons

Kealia Kai Owners Association (KKHOA)

1/11/18- EISPN Comments- Ross and Cindi Link

1/18/18- EISPN Comment- SOH-DAGS

5/16/18- Public Comment- Adam Roversi

5/21/18 Public Comment County of Kauai Police Dept

5/25/18 2018-TA-0308 DEIS Kealia Mauka Homesites Kawaihau District Kauai

6/1/18 Public Comment- State of Hawaii Department of Defense

6/6/18 Public Comment- M Freeman

6/12/18 Public Comment- DAGS- Public Works

6/19/20 Public Comment- Gabriela Taylor

6/19/18 Public Comment- Sylvia Partridge

6/20/18 Public Comment- Valerie Weiss , Agnes Marti-kini , County of Kauai Planning Department

6/21/18 Public Comment-Karen Gibbons, DLNR, Sierra Club of Hawaii Kauai Group, Sharla Kalauawa, U.S, Dept. of InteriorDOE, , Marj Dente

6/22/2018 Public Comment – Wailua-Kapa`a Neighborhood Association

6/22/18 additional Public Comment- Barbara Beasley, Rayn Regush (W-KNA), John Harder, David Dinner, Mark Henley


Public Testimony via email

July 18, 2019 collection – Maria Maitino; Sylvia Partridge; Gina Martinez; Karen Wood

July 19, 2019 collection (2 emails dated 7-18-19) – Bonnie Morris; Roger Harris

July 18 (late)-22, 2019 collection – Dan Freund; Claudia Herfurt; Eliel Starbright; Sheri Courtemanche; Siri Shabad; Joan Levy; L. Osterer; Margery Freeman; Abigail Jones; Anne Thurston; Katrina St. Marie; Mira Walker; Linda Pizzitola; Lauren Esaki-Kua; Bonnie Morris; Roger Harris; Maria Maitino; Sylvia Partridge; Gina Martinez; Karen Wood;

July 23-24, 2019 collection – Robin Yost; Meredith Cross; Donna Gould Carsten; Gloria Bandsma; Cathy Crosson; Charlotte Beall; Valerie Weiss; Lorrain Newman; Cheryl Jakubik; Pamela Horton; Reverend Rita Andriello-Feren; Adam Asquith; Bernard Carvalho; Jane Russell; Kathleen Dahill; Elaine Valois; Susan Stayton; Lynn Pizzitola; Tom Stanton; Bruce Welti; Cynthia Welti; Karen Gibbons;

July 24-26, 2019 collection – Kainoa Colipano; Courtney Teves; Kaylee Silva; Erica Taniguchi; Kainoa Munoz; Kaimana Cummings; Maria Clark; Cory Keoki; Sophia Rodriguez; Kirra Aguilar; Kela Wood; Mark Henley; John Harder; Sierra Shigematsu; William Caraway; Sherry Pollock; Jodi F; Jana-Lynn Kolo; Bruce Allyn; Ailanna1519; Toi Pua La’a Norwood; Taylor Garcia; Dawn Kawahara; Barbara Wiedner; Jane Campos; LifeWithEkolu; Heather O’Donnell; Kelli Garcia; Faith Blalock; Mary Mulhall; Sandra Herndon; Richell Oshiro; Sally Jo Manea; Tyler Frost; Rebecca Miller; Lahela Naea; Kiyannie Sablay; Kirra Jaquis; Larry Heller; Kaylee Silva; Diane de Vries; Karin Medigovich

Late July 25 2019 collection (7/29/19) – Zuri Shanklin; Danny Hashimoto; Sierra Cheek;

Written Testimony submitted at July 25, 2019 meeting in Lihue

July 25- August 2, 2018 – Dorinna SanAugustine; Karin Gibbons;

August 2, 2019 collection – David Dinner; Clayton Arinaga

August 3-6, 2019 – Wailua-Kapaa Neighborhood Association (Rayne Regush); Diane Koerner; Bart Walton; Desiree Hoover; Kathleen Dahill; Leslee Manima Dancosse; Bob & Marion McHenry; Deborah Pence; Mary Lu Kelley; Judith White; Ryan Perkins; Marj Dente; Andrew Bushnell

August 6-7, 2019 – Steve & Sharry Glass; Laurie & James Avilla; Reverend Kristopher Johnson; Bonnie Bator; Susan Weimer

August 8, 2019 – Ken Taylor