Waikane Valley Restoration Advisory Board Meeting

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Waikane Valley Restoration Advisory Board Meeting

Time: April 15, 2009 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: Wai'ahole Elementary School
City/Town: Wai'hole
Event Type: public, meeting
Organized By: Pomaikaiokalani
Latest Activity: Apr 14, 2009

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From: Kyle Kajihiro
> Subject: [demilnet_Hawaii] Waikane Valley Restoration Advisory Board Meeting 4/15/09
> To: demilnet_Hawaii@yahoogroups.com, "AFSC Yahoogroup"
> Date: Monday, April 6, 2009, 11:06 PM
> Waikane Valley Restoration Advisory Board Meeting
> April 15, 2009
> 7:00 to 9:00 pm
> Wai'ahole Elementary School
> Public Meeting to discuss the Marine Corps clean up of
> unexploded
> munitions in the Kamaka family land in Waikane Valley.
> Background
> In the 1940s, the military leased nearly 1000 acres of land
> in
> Wai'ahole and Waikane Valleys for training with an
> agreement to
> return the land in its original condition. One of the
> families
> whose land was leased was the Kamaka family, who had 187
> acres in
> Waikane valley. This happened to be one of the areas where
> the
> heaviest live fire artillery training took place. After the
> land was
> returned to the family in the 1970s, Raymond Kamaka began
> farming the
> land until unexploded ordnance began to turn up. When he
> asked the
> Marine Corps to clean up the munitions as agreed, the
> Marines instead
> moved to condemn the property. After a long legal and
> political
> battle the land was condemned. Raymond refused to accept
> the court's
> ruling and the "blood money" from the military.
> In 2003, the Marines announced plans to resume jungle
> warfare
> training in Waikane, geared to fighting insurgencies in the
> Philippines. The community blasted the expansion of
> traning in
> Waikane and called instead for the clean up and return of
> the land.
> The jungle warfare idea was scrapped, but the Marines
> refused to
> discuss clean up at that time.
> Then quietly around 2006, the Marine Corps officially
> "closed"
> Waikane as an active range, which triggered the Department
> of Defense
> Installation Restoration Program (IRP) and the commencement
> of clean
> up procedures. Clean up procedures under the IRP usually
> have a
> joing community-military Restoration Advisory Committee to
> monitor
> the design and execution of the clean up.
> The Waikane Valley RAB began in 2007 and last met in April
> 2008. It
> overseas only the Marine Corps clean up on the Kamaka
> parcel in
> Waikane. There is also an Army Corps of Engineers
> munitions clean up
> underway in the remaining portions of Waikane valley under
> a
> different program, the Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS).
> The Army
> program is several years further along than the Marine
> Corps clean
> up. It does not have a RAB.

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