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Public input sought on U.S. Army's lease for Pōhakuloa Training Area

Cpl. Patrick Crosley

The public is encouraged to comment on the U.S. Army’s draft environmental impact statement regarding its proposed plans to continue training at Pōhakuloa on Hawaiʻi Island beyond 2029.

The Army plans to retain up to 23,000 acres of land along Saddle Road known as the Pōhakuloa Training Area, which it’s leased from the state since 1964. That lease is set to expire in 2029.

Native Hawaiian organizations, and federal, state and local agencies are urged to provide input on the draft EIS during the 60-day public comment period, which runs from April 8 through June 7.

The Army is hosting two in-person public meetings on the draft EIS to enhance the opportunity for public input.

The first meeting is set for April 25 in Hilo at the ʻImiloa Astronomy Center and the second is scheduled for April 26 at the Waimea District Park. Both meetings will run from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Army will broadcast the meetings live on the U.S. Army Garrison Hawaiʻi’s YouTube Channel.

Written comments can also be submitted throughout the 60-day comment period until 11:59 p.m. Hawaiʻi Standard Time on June 7, 2022, to be considered in the final EIS.

U.S. Mail: ATLR PTA EIS Comments
P.O. Box 3444, Honolulu, HI

E-mail: atlr-pta-eis@g70.design
Online: https://home.army.mil/hawaii/index.php/PTAEIS

Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi is a general assignment reporter at Hawaiʻi Public Radio. Her commitment to her Native Hawaiian community and her fluency in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi has led her to build a de facto ʻōiwi beat at the news station. Send your story ideas to her at khiraishi@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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