Stop developing Kailua wetlands

Stop developing Kailua wetlands

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Alika Ferreira started this petition to Kailua neighbors

In Kailua, we have the well known wetlands of Kawainui and Kaelepulu. There are also smaller, less known wetlands such as Hamakua.  One of these smaller wetlands has been the target of developers for well over a decade and is located at the end of Akumu Street in Enchanted lake, adjacent to the Kaelepulu wetland. It is located approximately 400 feet north from the baseball field at Keolu Elementary.

This 4.9 acre wetland is home to many wetland birds like the ‘alae ‘ula (mud hen), ‘ae’o (stilt), and the ‘auku’u (night heron).

The developer wants to change all of this and build 38 homes instead. We understand that housing is important, but it shouldn’t be at the expense of destroying wetlands. About half of the site is wetland while the other half is on a hill, and would be a very nice location for houses. 

In the 1970s, this area was designated as wetlands by the Army Corps of Engineers, and therefore received federal protection. In January of 2015, the Army COE changed this designation to non-wetlands based upon an engineer report that was ordered and paid for by the developer. To the common eye, anyone can see that the area has wetland characteristics like standing water, wetland birds, and common vegetation of wetlands. Photos capture the images of standing water for 9 months of the year. The only difference with this area between 1970 and today is that there is renewed motivation to sell Kailua homes for over $800,000 each. The land hasn’t changed. The birds haven’t changed. The water certainly hasn’t changed.

Help us to save this wetland from destruction. Help us to correct the misinformation that the Army COE accepted as truth. Help us to keep development in Kailua under control so that it will still feel and look like our beloved Kailua for many more generations. If we lose anymore of our natural resources like birds, trees, beaches, mountains or the ocean, we will lose our beautiful Kailua and become just like the other overdeveloped areas on Oahu. 

Mahalo for your support!

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