Pacific Southwest, Region 9
Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations
Land Revitalization in Hawai´i
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Kapolei, O´ahu, Hawai´i
Located in East Kapolei, O´ahu, the 400 acre site had partially been used by former tenant, O´ahu Sugar Company, for agricultural chemical mixing, loading, and bulk storage causing significant contamination of the site's underlying soil. In 1995, the Hawai´i Department of Land and Natural Resources assumed jurisdiction over the site. Authority was then transferred to the Hawai´i State Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (HDHHL) for homestead housing development.
EPA's HDOH State Response Program Grant funded Phase I and Phase II environmental assessments on-site. Additionally, an EPA Brownfields Hazardous Substances grant enabled HDBEDT to conduct costly Phase II assessment work on a portion of the site heavily contaminated by pesticide mixing activity. The assessments significantly reduced the cost of redevelopment for Hawai´i state agencies involved with the project. EPA has worked in conjunction with HDBEDT, the City and County of Honolulu, HDHHL, and other local agencies to ensure affordable housing redevelopment on-site for native Hawaiian beneficiaries. Various site remediation plans are currently being evaluated by the aforementioned state agencies and community groups. Estimated site remediation costs range from $1- $1.5 million.
- Future redevelopment plans headed by HDHHL include 2,500 affordable single and multi family homes, two schools, and three parks
- As part of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1920, the single family homes constructed on site will be available to eligible native Hawaiian buyers for 60% less than current market value
- The estate of Joan Kroc has provided an $80 million grant to the Salvation Army to build and operate a Community Recreation and Education Center on 15 acres of the site. Features of the Center will include a performing arts center, banquet facility, gymnasium, aquatic center, ball fields, and a preschool.