Hawaii Tribune-Herald
Notice #: 0001456270-01
Public Notices

NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS May 28, 2024 Kali Watson, Chairperson Hawaiian Homes Commission Department of Hawaiian Home Lands P.O. Box 1879 Honolulu, Hawai’i 96805 (808) 620-9500 On or about June 6th Kali Watson will submit a request to the HUD for the release of Native Hawaiian Block Grant funds under Title VIII-Housing Assistance for Native Hawaiians of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA) of 1996, as amended, to undertake a project known as 114 and 109 Pilipa’a Street for the purpose of rehabilitating two single family homes located on the same street in the DHHL homestead community of Panaewa. TMK: (3) 2-2-057:008 (114 Pilipa’a Street), is a 10,000 square foot residential lot with an existing 880 square-foot single family residential structure that was built in 1967. The project will involve the demolition of the existing structure and the construction of a new residential structure that will be larger than the existing home and will meet the HUD’s requirements based on household size. TMK: (3) 2-2-057:035 (109 Pilipa’a Street) is also a 10,000 square foot residential lot with an existing single family residential structure that was built in 1970. This portion of the project will involve roof repairs/replacement and interior repairs. Should further assessment of 109 Pilipa’a Street determine that repair of the existing home is not the appropriate course of action, then this home would be demolished and replaced with a new structure that meets HUD’s requirements based on household size. Both parcels will include the evaluation of the existing utilities and infrastructure as well as the repair and/or replacement of utilities/infrastructure to meet current county standards. These repairs and or improvements are expected to require digging and trenching in the location of the current utility services as well as any drainage improvements necessary to accommodate current conditions. This utility/infrastructure evaluation will also determine if the homes are connected to cesspools. The project will include the closure of any cesspools found within the project area. A Department of Health approved individual wastewater system (or connection to an existing sanitary sewer system) will be installed on each lot that requires cesspool closure. The proposed activities associated with the demolition/rebuild and rehabilitation could occur anywhere within the two TMK parcel boundaries. The estimated project cost, and total HUD funded amount to be requested is $1,000,000.00 The activities proposed are categorically excluded under HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58 from National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) and will be posted on the HUD Exchange website. The ERR may be viewed and/or downloaded online at URL Link: https://cpd.hud.gov/cpd-public/environmental-reviews or upon request via email and/or hard copy as necessary from Malia M. Cox, who may be contacted at (808) 620-9500 or malia.m.cox@hawaii.gov. PUBLIC COMMENTS Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Office of the Chairperson, Attn: Malia Cox, via mail at P.O. Box 1879, Honolulu, Hawai`i, 96805 or in person at 91-5420 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei, Hawaii 96707. Reference the project by name: 114 and 109 Pilipa’a Street. All comments received by June 5, 2024, will be considered by the DHHL prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION The DHHL certifies to HUD that Kali Watson, in his capacity as Chairperson, consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. HUD’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the DHHL to use Program funds. OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS HUD will accept objections to its release of fund and the DHHL’s certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the DHHL; (b) the DHHL has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the development process have committed funds, incurred costs or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to the HUD Honolulu Field Office at claudine.c.allen@hud.gov. Potential objectors should contact HUD/State to verify the actual last day of the objection period. Kali Watson, Chairperson, DHHL (HTH1456270 5/28/24)