Brownfields in Paradise? ʻOiaʻiʻo
Jul 23, 2018

Brownfields in Paradise? ʻOiaʻiʻo

What do Maui and Kauai counties have in common?

Powder beaches, striking landscapes, cultural treasures, and definitely, brownfields.

With its partners, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the State of Hawaii Department of Health, Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response Office (DOH-HEER), CCLR convened workshops on July 10 and 12 to inform and share among key policymakers, county staff and stakeholders, the brownfields challenges and solutions in Hawai’i. As a follow up to a workshop in Hilo last year, during these workshops, many misperceptions were clarified.
– Hawai’I does have brownfields. Outside Honolulu, the brownfields are comprised on small infill sites, agriculture areas and former (and hidden threats from) sugar mills, of which there were many and vast.
– DOH-HEER has a sophisticated brownfields program.
– The state is a pioneer in multi-incremental sampling that is far more cost- and time-efficient than traditional methods.
– A historian searches records and interviews residents and former workers to assure that the community is protected from hidden threats.
– The community outreach to sister public agencies and communities is improving confidence in health and safety during redevelopment.

Hawai’i is among the leaders in environmental sustainability, and cultural and historical awareness. By leveraging brownfields tools, the public agency, non-profit and private stakeholders are gearing up to take advantage of state and Federal programs to create partnerships and leverage their own efforts.

CCLR thanks all the speakers and participants, and looks forward to assisting them obtaining technical assistance and grants.

Mahalo

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The agendas and presentations for both workshops follow below. To view the powerpoint presentations, please click the speakers name. Speakers with available presentations are underlined.

For event pictures, visit CCLR’s Facebook.

Kauai County Brownfields Redevelopment Workshop

Welcome
⋅ Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr.; Mayor, County of Kauai
⋅ Keith Kawaoka, DOH, Deputy Director for Environmental Health

Overview of State Environmental Management in Hawaii
Fenix Grange, Program Manager, Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response Office (HEER)
Gerald Takamura, DOH Kauai District Health Officer

Brownfields Basics and the Hawai’i Environmental Response Law (Panel)
Fenix Grange, Program Manager, HEER Office
Noemi Emeric-Ford, Brownfields Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Melody Calisay, HDOH, Brownfields Redevelopment Coordinator
Roger Brewer, HDOH, Risk Assessor

Illustrative Hawaii Brownfields Redevelopment Projects
Roger Brewer, HDOH, Risk Assessor
Melody Calisay, Brownfields Redevelopment Coordinator

Kauai Brownfields Redevelopment Stakeholders (Panel Discussion)
⋅ Lee Steinmetz, Transportation and Planning Officer, Office of Planning
⋅ George Costa, Director, Office of Economic Development
⋅ Kanani Fu, Director, County of Kauai Housing Agency
⋅ Lyle Tabata, Director, Public Works

LUNCH BREAK
⋅ Speaker: Darrell Ing

General Grant and Financing Opportunities Panel Discussion
Noemi Emeric-Ford, Brownfields Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Ignacio Dayrit, Programs Director, California Center for Land Recycling

Kauai Brownfields Redevelopment Projects Discussion and/or Grant Writing Primer Options: Site-specific round table discussions
Ignacio Dayrit, Programs Director, California Center for Land Recycling

Maui County Brownfields Redevelopment Workshop

Welcome
⋅ Mayor Alan Arakawa; Mayor, County of Maui
⋅ Keith Kawaoka, DOH, Deputy Director for Environmental Health

Overview of State Environmental Management in Hawaii
Fenix Grange, Program Manager, Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response Office (HEER)
Dr. Lorrin Pang, M.D., DOH Maui District Health Officer

Brownfields Basics and the Hawai’i Environmental Response Law (Panel)
Fenix Grange, Program Manager, HEER Office
Noemi Emeric-Ford, Brownfields Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Melody Calisay, HDOH, Brownfields Redevelopment Coordinator
Roger Brewer, HDOH, Risk Assessor

Illustrative Hawaii Brownfields Redevelopment Projects
Roger Brewer, HDOH, Risk Assessor
Melody Calisay, Brownfields Redevelopment Coordinator

Maui Brownfields Redevelopment Stakeholders (Panel Discussion)
⋅ Michele McLean, Director, Planning Department
Robert Parsons, Environmental Coordinator, Office of Economic Development

LUNCH BREAK
⋅ Speaker: Darrell Ing

General Grant and Financing Opportunities Panel Discussion
Noemi Emeric-Ford, Brownfields Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Ignacio Dayrit, Programs Director, California Center for Land Recycling

Maui Brownfields Redevelopment Projects Discussion and/or Grant Writing Primer
Ignacio Dayrit, Programs Director, California Center for Land Recycling

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