Now it is not only feasible but critical. This is the position of the Puna Community Development Plan. Puna Community Medical Center (PCMC), the urgent care clinic at the Pahoa Marketplace, is taking steps to make it a reality. They have asked the State to lease them a five acre parcel on Hwy. 130, just Pahoa-side of the Dept. of Water Supply, as you leave Pahoa heading toward Kea‘au. The parcel is in the Keonepoko Nui ahupua‘a (TMK #1-5-008:005). Although it is zoned for agriculture, it is not really suitable for agriculture. The Board of Land and Natural Resources has given an ‘approval in concept’ for a long-term lease, with the condition that PCMC do an Environmental Assessment. The Draft EA is now ready for public comment.
A Town Meeting is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 28, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Pahoa Neighborhood Facility, Rms. 3&4. Malama O Puna, the local nonprofit that worked on the Draft EA, will host the meeting, discuss the proposal, show maps and other materials, and take comments and questions. This is an opportunity for the public to provide input and also to learn about the project in greater detail. Everyone is encouraged to attend.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. — Rene Siracusa