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OHA gets grants to study Kakaako lands

By Audrey McAvoy

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:39 a.m. HST, May 09, 2013

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is receiving $400,000 in federal grants to look for petroleum and hazardous substances on several former industrial sites in Kakaako that are among land parcels the state gave the agency to settle a ceded land claim.

The grants will be used to determine what cleanup work will be needed at six parcels, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday.

The land is among 30 acres of waterfront property worth about $200 million. The state gave the land to the agency last year.

In exchange for the parcels, which are near downtown Honolulu and the Ward shopping area, OHA agreed to waive decades-old claims it had to money generated on land once owned by the Hawaiian monarchy. The monarchy lands house the Honolulu airport, state hospital, public housing projects and other facilities.

The grants are from an EPA fund for brownfields, which are former industrial sites contaminated by pollutants.

Some of the six parcels once housed a garbage incinerator and auto repair shop. Others are still home to a shipyard, office buildings and a marine research laboratory.

The EPA says the grants provide communities with funds to assess, cleanup and redevelop contaminated properties. The grants aim to boost local economies while protecting public health and the environment.

OHA received a total of 10 parcels in its settlement with the state. Trustees have said they expect the parcels — collectively called Kakaako Makai — to be part of the land base for a new Hawaiian nation.

The agency has said the lands will provide revenue for programs benefiting Native Hawaiians, including college scholarships, cultural events and efforts to preserve Hawaiian culture.

OHA says it will abide by the guiding principles of a master plan developed for the Kakaako area. The plan calls for open space, gathering places and shoreline access.

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Kaleo744 wrote:
with the amount of resources that OHA has more programs should be made available with easier accessibility for native Hawaiians, too much red tape and too much staff to operate the STATE AGENCY. Like DHHL an investigation on how OHA is being run and if it is doing its fiduciary duties like it suppose to. Im sure a alot of PILIKIA will be found....
on May 9,2013 | 08:08AM
allie wrote:
OHA is bad for Hawaii and for Hawaiians.
on May 9,2013 | 08:15AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Actually, it's bad for frustrated, jealous, envious non-Hawaiians. (And ONLY the frustrated, jealous, envious ones).
on May 9,2013 | 09:00AM
keola keaki wrote:
In most real estate transactions, due dilgence is conducted BEFORE the deal is closed.
on May 9,2013 | 08:48AM
Mythman wrote:
Man oh man, scheming using public funding is the game these guys play and somehow they keep getting away with it - partly by promising on the by and by somehow, the kingdom will be restored, of course, with them heading it up. How does this kind of stuff happen? Now that King Dan has walked on (God rest his soul) who protects them from indictments? Unreal
on May 9,2013 | 09:48AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I'm not sure anyone wants to really know what's under there. I expect there is some really nasty stuff. Garbage dump was some of the better land uses back years ago. Heavy metals, poisons, all sorts of evil things. Oh well, this should be good for some entertaining fireworks when it turns out the land has a lot of toxic parcels and isn't worth what the folks thought.
on May 9,2013 | 07:26PM
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