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Black Pot Beach Park Master Plan - Community Advisory Committee Meeting 1


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The first meeting of the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) on June 18, 2015 at the Waipa Foundation

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Black Pot Beach Park Master Plan - Community Advisory Committee Meeting 1

  1. 1. Pacific Guardian Center │ 733 Bishop Street, Makai Tower Suite 2590 │ Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96813 Date: June 18, 2015 Time: 4:00-6:30 PM Project Name: Black Pot Beach Park Master Plan Location: Waipā Foundation Recorded by: Corlyn Orr Reviewed by DPR: 7/10/15 Attendees: see attendance record Reviewed by CAC members: 7/20/15 Subject: Community Advisory Committee Meeting 1 The first meeting of the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for the Black Pot Beach Park Master Plan Project was held at Waipā Foundation, Keanolani Hale on June 18, 2015. The meeting was scheduled from 4:00—6:30 PM. The meeting purpose was to introduce the CAC members and kick-off the project, explain the purpose of the master plan and the planning process, and gather feedback. Handouts included the meeting agenda, project sheet, Powerpoint briefing/presentation, and a report on the history of Hanalei prepared by Jay Furfaro. WELCOME, INTRODUCTIONS, AND COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE GUIDELINES Johanna Ventura, meeting facilitator, called the meeting to order at about 4:05 PM. Mayor Bernard Carvalho welcomed everyone and offered opening remarks, which included thanking CAC members for their participation and encouraging healthy group discussion that will allow for positive outcomes. Lenny Rapozo, Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Director, followed with similar remarks. After introductions by the planning team from HHF Planners and DPR, individual CAC members introduced themselves and their reasons for wanting to serve on the CAC. Making sure the park was a resource for grandchildren and future generations was a common element expressed by a number of CAC members. Scott Ezer, principal with HHF Planners, then reviewed the meeting agenda and the project purpose to develop a long-term plan that provides guidance for future park use and expansion. Scott also reviewed the purpose and role of the CAC, the roster of CAC members, expectations for membership, and procedural guidelines for group operations. HISTORY OF BLACK POT PRESENTATION Jay Furfaro, former county councilmember and the County’s current Director of Boards and Commissions, shared a historical overview of land ownership and activities along the Hanalei River and near the river mouth since the late 1800s. Historical photos and maps in the report are borrowed from the Gomez- Kaonu Collection at the Kauai Historical Society. Other details in the report are based on Jay’s conversations with: descendants of Captain Henry Kellett, the first owner of the Hanalei River ridge; Masa Sasaki, groundskeeper for the Birkmyre estate; and Masa’s sister, housekeeper for the Birkmyre family. (The Birkmyre family purchased property on the Hanalei River ridge near the mouth of the Hanalei River from Kellett in 1912. Their home, which was made famous as the frenchman’s house in the movie “South Pacific,” was originally located on the ridge overlooking the river before being moved several times when it was used by Hanalei Plantation Hotel.) The following summarizes the main points of the presentation. MEETING SUMMARY
  2. 2. Black Pot Beach Park Master Plan Community Advisory Committee Meeting 1 | June 18, 2015 Page 2 of 5  Hawaiian and local place names are important. Black Pot is known as Kikiula, the red spring. The ridge overlooking the river where Captain Kellett’s original house was located is known as Hulilani. (Refer to the handout for a list of place names). There can be opportunities to re- introduce these place names.  Old-timers know the Black Pot area as the “landing.” This is the old name for the river frontage on the Black Pot side of the river where boats would offload supplies and passengers. The river was once a center of trade activity. E Ranch Store was a stop for schooner trade igomen Kalihiwai.  During the 1970s, the River Queen run by Captain Henry Gomez (Hanalei’s first Coast Guard captain) would go upstream from the landing to Ching Young store to transport visitors into town.  By the late 1800s, a large French community had been established in Hanalei. Local families associated with that period include: Brosseau, Dudoit, Turbeville, Fontaine, Duvauchelle, Baptiste. 1893 sketch/map of river area shows Titcomb and Brosseau owned land in the vicinity of Black Pot Park. Titcomb owned the point; Brosseau owned land mauka of Titcomb.  A Catholic church—St. Maxine’s—was later constructed on Brosseau’s property (approximately site of Namolokama Canoe club, also sometimes referred to as the Soon property). The church was relocated in 1954 because of flooding. A land exchange with the Wilcox family allowed the church to be relocated to the site of the present-day St. William’s church.  The Russian presence on Kauai extended to Hanalei. One of the three Russian forts on the island was at Fort Bartley, which is today Hanalei Park.  During their previous service as councilmember and Director of Parks and Recreation, Jay and Mayor Carvalho were instrumental in negotiations with the state that allowed the County to acquire the strip of land adjacent to the river mouth for park expansion.  Two small breakwaters are visible in the aerial photo of Hanalei Plantation Hotel. Breakwaters were supported by the Army Corps of Engineers in the 1960s. They were hooked to help control the current; one purpose of the breakwaters was to keep access open for boats coming in and out of the river during the winter. The group discussion following Jay’s presentation is summarized below.  A question was asked about dredging the river mouth. Typically, the State holds jurisdiction and management responsibility over anything below the high water mark. Since ownership of the parcel adjacent to the river mouth was transferred to the County, the State has taken a position that the responsibility to keep the river mouth dredged is the County’s responsibility. Access to the river is important for launching boats, and should be addressed in the master plan.  A question was asked about boat ramp improvements. Decisions for future boat ramp improvements will be an outcome of the planning process, based on input from the community. PROJECT BRIEFING Scott Ezer then provided a project briefing, including an overview of the project scope and schedule, the function and role of the master plan within the County’s planning system, a summary of the issues and concerns known to date, and the proposed community engagement strategies. After the briefing, Scott asked the group what other information needs to be considered. The main points of the group discussion and questions from the group are summarized as follows.
  3. 3. Black Pot Beach Park Master Plan Community Advisory Committee Meeting 1 | June 18, 2015 Page 3 of 5  The angle/perspective of the aerial photograph used on the planning area boundaries graphic makes it difficult to decipher the boundaries. It was suggested that a different map that shows boundaries, existing infrastructure and ownership be used.  A map showing jurisdiction/management responsibility of the different government agencies in the area would be helpful.  The master plan includes county-owned, State-owned and privately owned parcels. Ohana Hanalei LLC owns the parcel occupied by Namolokama Canoe Club, and the State DOT owns both the pier and the strip of right-of-way extending between Weke Road and the pier. The CAC asked that ownership of the parcels within the proposed expansion area be clarified. While County ownership is necessary to implement the plan, it is possible for the County to proceed with the master planning process and identify land acquisition as a future implementing action in the plan.  Ohana Hanalei LLC currently owns the 0.5-acre Namolokama Canoe Club parcel, and recognizes that the parcel would be included in the park master plan. However, there have not been any formal communications or negotiations between the County and Ohana Hanalei LLC to transfer the property. Ohana Hanalei LLC has hired Discovery Land Company to manage all their properties and gave them right-of-access to all their properties, including the Namolokama site.  There are no known cultural issues at this time. A draft archaeological report prepared for the proposed expansion area did not locate any large cultural deposits. A human bone fragment which was discovered during field work will be reinterned following completion of a burial treatment plan.  Signage that identifies places by their traditional Hawaiian names would strengthen cultural identity and encourage the use of the Hawaiian language, as well as enrich the visitor experience.  The final master plan does not require Planning Commission review/approval because there are no permits for the Planning Commission to approve. Only the County Council will be involved in reviewing the master plan.  Final drafts of all meeting summaries and meeting materials (i.e., focus groups, CAC and community meetings) will be posted on the project website. Launch of the project website is targeted for mid-July before the first community meeting. A suggestion was made to use the website to conduct an on-line questionnaire before the first community meeting as a way to measure preferences and engage the community.  The first round of focus group meetings and the community meeting will include a background briefing to provide context for the project, although the majority of the meeting will be devoted to gathering input about details that people want to see in the plan. The focus groups will be structured with a cross-section of interests/user groups so others can hear the different viewpoints of the different interests. With the exception of the site visit interviews, no other one-on-one interviews are planned.  Hanalei School cafeteria is a likely venue for the community meetings because of the size of the facility. Keanolani Hale, the Mission Hall (at Waioli Church) and the school cafeteria are all potential locations for the CAC meetings.  The format for the community meetings remains undecided. Open house, facilitated small group discussions and writing comments on display boards are commonly-used strategies.  The CAC will be asked to review and give feedback on the ideas and comments from the focus groups and community meetings. The CAC, as the highest level of input (i.e., the project’s think tank), will be the group that takes in all the information gathered from the community discussions and provides input to advise the planning team with recommendations.
  4. 4. Black Pot Beach Park Master Plan Community Advisory Committee Meeting 1 | June 18, 2015 Page 4 of 5  The lack of parking is one of the primary issues that needs to be addressed. There can be as many as 300-400 cars parked in four rows on the beach (based on personal counts). Last weekend, there were ten boat trailers parked on the beach. The current parking situation is dangerous and makes it difficult for boat owners to maneuver their trailers. If parking on the beach is banned, how will parking be accommodated? How will it affect users who currently park on the beach? The unintended consequences will be displaced users who have no place to go. People will show up at meetings angry because they are being pushed out. Ha‘ena State Park is a good example: local residents and cultural practitioners who want to use the resource can’t because there is not enough parking and it’s too crowded.  DPR is processing the necessary permits to allow them to construct temporary parking lot controls at the beach parks along Hanalei Bay, including Black Pot. Until the master plan is completed, the parcel adjacent to Black Pot Beach Park (the former Hodge property and the former Sheehan property) will only be opened for overflow parking during special events. CAC members expressed frustration that these areas remain vacant and are not being utilized on a regular basis for parking. It was suggested that these areas be made available for parking during other times beyond special events when the park is expected to be busy, such as 3-day weekends or when all camping permits have been issued.  Being able to drive up to Black Pot Beach at the end of a work day for a surf session or to barbeque at sunset with your family is part of the lifestyle and culture of Hanalei that deserves to be protected. The mayor said in a public meeting at Hale Halawai that it would be up to the community to decide about the beach parking. What is the County’s position regarding parking on the beach? An existing County ordinance allows driving on the beach to transport equipment and gear. Direction from the County about whether or not they will allow parking on the beach is necessary before the master plan moves forward. The master planning effort should start at the makai end and work mauka. This includes making a decision about parking on the beach, and ensuring boat access for local fishermen.  Three CAC meetings seems insufficient, given the complex nature of the issues. CAC members are willing to commit to more than three CAC meetings, if needed. Longer meetings are also an option, if the meeting start time can be later. This first CAC meeting is a good start, but the majority of the discussion has focused on process when individuals want to discuss issues. It would be premature to make a decision about adding more CAC meetings before the focus groups and community meeting is held.  Rules and regulations are meaningless without proper management and enforcement.  Suggestion was made to take parking counts before the end of summer. The users and amount of beach traffic is different in the winter (generally more surfers, less tourists).  A demand management approach that establishes a user limit based on the capacity of the existing infrastructure and utility systems may be more appropriate than trying to expand the infrastructure capacity to meet the current demand. The Ha‘ena State Park Master Plan is implementing an approach that limits the number of people that can use the resource.  Corrections for the proposed list of focus group participants: o #35. “William” should be “Wilbert” Tai Hook o #15. Remove Kalehua Ham-Young  The group agreed that Saturday was not a good meeting day, and that 4 pm was too early to start. Meetings could be scheduled for longer than two hours, and people could stay longer if the meeting started later.
  5. 5. Black Pot Beach Park Master Plan Community Advisory Committee Meeting 1 | June 18, 2015 Page 5 of 5  It was suggested that the County attorney be invited to attend the CAC meetings so that he could answer any legal questions and expedite the discussion.  Funding for the master plan came through the county general fund and was approved by the County Council approval. One of the stipulations associated with the purchase of the property designated for park expansion was that the County prepare a park master plan.  Information about the existing facilities and utility systems within the property designated for park expansion should be available at the next CAC meeting, pending completion of the preliminary engineering report. Knowing the condition and usability of the restrooms, commercial kitchen and utility systems would be helpful. ADJOURNMENT In closing, Scott thanked everyone for attending and reviewed the next steps, including asking CAC members to send in names and contact info for focus group participants by June 22. The meeting was adjourned at 6:40 pm. ATTENDANCE RECORD 1. Adam Roversi 2. Aukai Lee 3. Billy Kinney 4. Bob Butler 5. Charlie Cowden 6. Dave Stewart 7. Dawn Wooten 8. Devin Kamealoha Forrest 9. Hanalei Hermosura 10. Hobey Beck 11. Joel Guy 12. Kimo Inanod 13. Maka‘ala Kaaumoana 14. Marc Bennor (on behalf of Jim Braman) 15. Michelle Swartman 16. Mike Schorr 17. Patsy Sheehan (on behalf of Keola Sheehan) 18. Presley Wann Mayor Bernard Carvalho Kaleo Carvalho, Office of the Mayor Lenny Rapozo, DPR Director Nancy McMahon, DPR Park Planner Scott Ezer, HHF Planners Corlyn Orr, HHF Planners Ronald Sato, HHF Planners Johanna Ventura, Community Outreach