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Harry Kim <br />Mayor <br />Wil Okabe <br />Managing Director <br />Comm. No. 2019-02 <br />County of Hawaii <br />PLANNING DEPARTMENT <br />PUNA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN ACTION COMMITTEE <br />Aupuni Center • 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 3 • Hilo, Hawaii 96720 <br />Phone (808) 961-8288 • Fax (808) 961-8742 <br />March 6, 2019 <br />Mayor Harry Kim <br />County of Hawai `i <br />Office of the Mayor <br />25 Aupuni St. 92603 <br />Hilo, HI 96720 <br />Michael Yee <br />Director <br />Duane Kanuha <br />Deputy Director <br />SUBJECT: Reestablishment of Access on Hi2hway 132, 137, and Pahoa-Pohoiki Road. <br />Following the devastating Kilauea eruption during the spring and summer of 2018, the Puna <br />Community Development Plan Action Committee (PCDP AC) has strived to serve as a conduit for <br />information, transparency and planning in support of community involvement and communication. To <br />that end, the PCDP AC, in addition to our regular bi-monthly and special meetings, has been <br />collaborating with the County of Hawai`i's Planning Department and Department of Research and <br />Development in conducting informal neighborhood talk -story meetings with affected Puna residents, <br />businesses and farmers. What has been consistently heard from those affected by the eruption and lava <br />flows is the need for restoring vehicular access to their homes, lots, farms and businesses. <br />Currently, numerous residents, farmers and businesses that are still either unable to return to their <br />homes, farms and their places of work unless they hike in, or only able to drive via Kahakai Blvd. <br />through Hawaiian Beaches/Shores and Beach Road between Kahakai Blvd. and Four Corners in <br />Kapoho. This situation poses significant safety concerns for vehicular traffic in the area as well as <br />neighborhood residents along Beach Road and Kahakai Blvd., which are not roadways designed to <br />accommodate the increased traffic. <br />The accesses that are needed include the reestablishment of Highway 132 between the Highway 132 <br />and Pohoiki Road intersection and the Kapoho four corners area, all of Pohoiki Road and clearing of <br />Highway 137 between Four Corners in Kapoho and Kamaili Road. <br />In addition to the Puna residents, we need to be mindful of the increasing number tourists using these <br />access routes as well. If an emergency were to occur in any of these areas the roads would be flooded <br />with people and vehicles potentially allowing for an even more dangerous situation. <br />Hawai `i County is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer <br />