I am opposed to the development proposed for Port Allen Airport.
environmental impact statement (EIS) fails to address the impact that this
project would have on Native Hawaiian people. The area contains ancient roads
roads, helau (sacred sites) and a series of culturally significant salt ponds.
There are cultural sites adjacent to the area that would be impacted and
altered as to their original intent. The Salt Pond lies within one of the most
important regions in Kauai’s history. The entire area provides a vivid picture
of pre-contact traditions and is a deeply rooted community gem.
EIS does not adequately address the risk of noise and flyover disturbances that
this area will incur due to increased helicopter traffic servicing the tourist
Increased drift, runoff and leaching of petroleum products from
the airport and roadsides may likely percolate through extremely porous lava
and end up in groundwater and the fragile reef system nearby. These toxic
chemicals can cause irreversible harm to all living creatures. This
well-documented effect can not be mitigated.
The local people who live in
the area do not want it. There has been broad and growing opposition to this
project since the beginning. The communities around Ele’ele and Hanapepe enjoy
a unique and distinct culture and work hard to preserve it and the economic
base of visitors who come to enjoy and learn from the richness of the history
found there. The community is dependent on these visitors. The local economy is
fragile and depends on the protection of Native Hawaiian culture and historical
The option of taking the helicopter development to Lihu’e Airport
rings with louder logic than directing the tourists to the away communities and
impacting the culurally rich area of Salt Pond. I recommend that you, as a
people and island and culture, reexamine this proposed mistake.