Draft Environmental Assessment Released for Proposed Youth Center and Agricultural Training Project : Kauai Now : Kauai News & Information

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands released a draft environmental assessment for a proposed youth and agricultural training center in Anahola.

In January 2019, Kūkulu Kumuhana O Anahola (KKOA) submitted a land use application to DHHL to develop the Ulupono Anahola Project, a youth center and agricultural training garden. The Hawaiian Homes Commission (HHC) awarded KKOA a five-year license agreement for a 10-acre site in Anahola at its November 2021 regular meeting.

KKOA is a non-profit organization that deters youth from suicide through traditional Hawaiian cultural practices, sustainable agricultural efforts, and community and ‘ohana engagement. The proposed Ulupono Anahola project would house a youth center, a traditional Hawaiian Hale Halawai, a Maori-inspired Marae, a kitchen and processing area, and a cooperative space to prepare the site’s agricultural products. The project envisions the cultivation of traditional foods and medicinal plants, including ʻōlena, ginger, kalo and ‘ulu.

DHHL held a beneficiary consultation meeting on August 7, 2019, during which the community expressed broad support for the project. The KKOA received comments which were incorporated into the draft EA and project design. The Beneficiary Consultation Report was unanimously accepted by HHC on September 16, 2019.

KKOA presented its draft EA to the HHC at its regular meeting on August 16 and published the draft EA in The Environmental Notice on August 23. A public comment period for the draft EA will end on September 23.

To learn more about the Ulupono Anahola project and view the draft environmental assessment, visit dhhl.hawaii.gov/po/kauai.

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