Rep. Gene Ward (R-Hawaii Kai – Kalama Valley) wrote a letter to Mayor Carlisle and his Advisory Committee on Landfill Site Selection warning against placing a landfill in Hawaii Kai.
Hawaii Kai was included in a report as a possible place to relocate the city landfill currently located on the Leeward coast. The site was referred to as “Uplands Hawaii Kai,” which is an apparent reference to the Ka Iwi coast.
“If this is the case, and ‘Uplands Hawaii Kai’ means Ka Iwi, you will certainly have a battle on your hands,” Ward warned in his letter. “This is the area that our community has fought to keep free from development for over the past three decades…”
The Hawaii Kai community and Ward fought successfully to get Ka Iwi reclassified to conservation land from urban in 2010, working with the office of Governor Lingle. They also prevented cabins and a golf academy from being built.
A copy of the letter was included in Ward’s April newsletter, which can be downloaded from gene-ward.com/reports.