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Draft EIS Published for Kona Judiciary Complex Site Selection

Posted on Aug 23, 2011 in Press Releases

The Hawaii State Department of Accounting and General Services and the Hawaii State Judiciary have released
the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Kona Judiciary Complex Site Selection. The DEIS
is available for review on the Office of Environmental Quality Control website

The DEIS identified seven Candidate Sites in the Kailua-Kona area for a new court complex to serve West
Hawaii. In March 2011, the Judiciary announced the selection of six Candidate Sites. Since then, a seventh
site, shown in the table below as Site G: Kealakehe (2), was added to the list based on discussions with
DLNR and after encumbrance of the parcel to the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation for hospital uses expired
without any action being taken.

Site Site Name Tax Map Key (TMK)* Land Owner
A Kaloko Makai 3-7-3-009:025 SCD-TSA Kaloko Makai LLC
B Kealakehe (1) 3-7-4-020:007 Dept of Land and Natural Resources/County of Hawaii
C Civic Center 3-7-4-020:003 Dept of Hawaiian Homelands (DHHL)
D Lanihau/DHHL 3-7-4-008:005 3-7-4-021:008 Lanihau Properties LLC/DHHL
E LayiyOpua 3-7-4-021:023 LayiyOpua 2020 (DHHL)
F Makalapua Center 3-7-4-020:010 Queen Liliuokalani Trust
G  Kealakehe (2) 3-7-4-020:004 3-7-4-020:007 Dept of Land and Natural Resources/ounty of Hawaii

The seven sites are identified on this map. The DEIS public comment period is open through October 6, 2011. Please send comments to the Agency and Consultant as noted below. Comments can also be emailed to the Consultant at

Agency: State of Hawaii Department of Accounting and General Services
Contact: Ralph Morita, Public Works Manager
Address: Planning Branch, 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 430, P.O. Box 119, Honolulu, Hawaii 96810

Consultant: Group 70 International, Inc.
Contact: Jeffrey H. Overton
Address: 925 Bethel Street, 5th Floor, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

The Kona Judiciary Complex will replace inadequate, separate facilities with a new, modern consolidated structure that will serve anticipated growth in the West Hawaii region. The seven Candidate Sites were evaluated and rated in the DEIS according to lot size, slope, access to utilities, roadway and pedestrian access, environmental resources, land ownership, land use classifications, community effects and other criteria. Acceptance of the Final EIS is anticipated by the end of the year. Following this, the final selection of a preferred site will be made by the Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald which is projected to be sometime in early 2012.

For additional information regarding the Kona Judiciary Complex Site Selection process, contact the project’s planning and environmental consultant, Jeffrey Overton, at Group 70 International, (808) 441-2104 or

For information on other matters, contact Joseph Earing in the State Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS) Planning Branch at (808) 586-0500.

For more information, contact the Communications and Community Relations Office at 808-539-4909 or via email at

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