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Letters to the Editor: September 30, 2021

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The state Department of Transportation called off work on the Saddle Road extension EIS about a month ago. West Hawaii Today reported that this was due to lack of funding to complete the EIA. However, I received an email from DOT which was sent to the members of the Saddle Road working group stating “that it has been determined that the continued preparation for the EIA is no longer feasible due to the negative effects related to archaeological and historical resources and to the esteemed right of ownership. – track and construction costs.

I find this statement very disturbing. The ministry was in full swing to have the decision / EIS file finalized by the end of 2021, which was mentioned on the STIP in January 2021. There was a red flag a few months ago when j found out they needed a section 4 (f) clearance, but was assured everything was still on track.

Then, about a month ago, I found out that the department had decided to cancel further work on the EIS. I can understand their reasoning for financial reasons. The project must be fully funded before an EIA decision dossier can be issued. The latter is on hold due to the pandemic affecting car rental surcharge income.

There are still a few details that bother me. The ministry intends to apply for grants from the FHWA to fund the SRX project, but this does not make sense since the project cannot proceed without a completed EIA and a decision report.

The elephant in the room remains, however. This larger issue relates to the unknown archaeological issues that played a role in this decision, as discussed in the email to members of the SRTF above. Keep in mind that the ministry was working full steam ahead to finalize the EIS by the end of 2021, but instead turned around and canceled the project instead.

I hope the DOT state publicly discloses the unknown archaeological issues of this highway project.

Aaron Stene


This is business

Did I read that correctly, we fired Mark Van Pernis from our planning committee because he was hurting someone? Really what, is business.

Of course, we all want to be polite and anything but being nice all the time would be too much to bear. Obviously, there are beautiful friends all the time, I know one, maybe two, but not me.

Now I’m serious here, how many guys would get mad and cry somehow at a commission meeting to get your way? And then forcing this “beautiful problem” when things have gone badly? Not much I bet, too embarrassing and not how business is done.

It seems like a reverse gender issue here, if not an implementation. Why is the “Hilo guy” weighing in on this anyway? What’s the other WHT story? Nice, why nice, why not direct and direct? No, that means no! And that was the right assessment. This is a big mistake, for decades I lived on Kona coffee farms in peace and quiet, then a neighbor became a wedding venue, and with rigorous honesty I can say: ” It sucks a lot! “

Why do we need this in our neighborhoods? The sound carries forever in mauka nights, disturbing everyone, including school children and old residents.

You can hear the music, the toast, oh the drunken toast over and over again, then the “Hokey Pokey” followed by a parade of loud talking cars. How is this pono? Maybe the board could get a “bit harder skin” the next time this happens. I’m not sure being nice works when you have to fight this kind of selfish behavior.

Now get back to work. Hope it was pretty cool.

David O. Baldwin


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