Letter for Monday, July 29, 2019

Setting the record straight on Anaina Hou stance

Regarding the July 27 letter, ‘Let’s Rally around Anaina Hou’ from Ben Gillikin of Princeville:

This letter you published is full of misleading and erroneous claims. These erroneous claims made by Ben Gillikin of Princeville include :

1. “Now out of nowhere there are rumors that certain folks want to either close it down or limit its use.

NOTHING could be further from the truth since I am not aware of any efforts being made to close it down or limit its use.

2. “Jim Gair, the former president of the Kalihiwai Ridge Association had opposed the park. His major opposition was a noise issue. His 12 acre property in Kalihiwai Ridge is nearly on-half mile from AHCP”.

I, Jim Gair was the then president of KRCA who was Granted Intervener status in 2010 to enforce both State & County Ordinances required for any approvals for AHCP. The State Health Departments noise ordinance limits all noise from the subject property to be limited to a maximum of 55 decibels at or beyond the property line under Chapter 46. My 12 acre property shares a property line with this park on its west boundary and is NOT one-half a mile away since it shares an adjacent property line.

3. “In June 2006, Bill and Joan Porter purchased the 11.5 acre property, zoned industrial”.

WRONG again, the property was purchased in 2006 which is 15.17 acres that has three Zoning categories being Agriculture, Open, and Industrial mixed throughout the site

4. “During Mr. Gairs presidency, Kalihiwai Ridge Neighborhood Association brought an intervention request against Anaina Hou to the County Planning Board”.

Kalihiwai Ridge Community Association was granted Intervener Status in 2010 in accordance with Section 1-4-1(a) of the Rules of Practice and Procedure before the Planning Commission of the County of Kauai. Also derived from Hawaii Revised Statutes Section 91-1(5).

5. “Gair and a few other North Shore residents requested and approved conditions for operation of AHCP”.

WRONG, the Lawyers for Bill Porter of Anaina Hou Community Park offered a March 7, 2011 Settlement letter to the County and the Intervener Kalihiwai Ridge Community Association as parties to the ongoing Contested Case Hearing. The Kauai Planning Department and KRCA subsequently agreed to the terms of this settlement offer with included various items such as : Noise Decibel limits of 55 decibels at and beyond the west property line ; Limited hours for amplified music events all of which are to be in compliance with the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance of Kauai County.

6. “Currently this same small group of residents is attempting to further limit hours to 8 or 9p.m.”

NOTHING could be further from the truth since there have been NO attempts to further limit any hours of operation by any small group.

7. “With the current requested operating restrictions added to the original noise ordinances, the survival of Anaina Hou might be in question”.

There are NO current requested operating restrictions being made to add to the original noise ordinance cited in the Settlement of March 7, 2011 NONE.

James Gair (President KRCA), Kilauea


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