Testimony accepted on Haiku Stairs at BWS meeting


UPDATE 4/27/2020 : Board of Water supply voted 7-0 to transfer Haiku Stairs and land to City and County of Honolulu for managed access.

HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Board of Water Supply heard testimony Monday as it considers the future of the Haiku stairs.

The trail remains very popular with hikers despite being illegal.

Earlier this year the board said it preferred to simply remove the stairs.
The April 27 meeting started at 5 p.m.

There will be no in-person testimony but you can still weigh in by phone.

People can also testify by video conference from the lobby of the main offices at 630 South Beretania.

Telephone testimony will be accepted during the meeting at (808) 748-6040. Callers will be placed in a queue and brought up to testify one at a time.

Video Conferencing testimony will be accepted during the meeting. A station will be set up in the lobby of the main offices at 630 S. Beretania St. Testifiers can show up, sign in, and will be brought in one at a time to testify via video. All testifiers must wear a mask while on BWS premises or they will not be allowed in the building. Mayor’s Emergency Order 2020-07.

In-person testimony will not be accepted.

The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) was published on January 23, 2020, and the 60-day challenge period ended in March 2020.

While the FEIS did provide a thorough analysis of the alternatives, the BWS’s preferred action is removal of the stairs.

Chief Engineer and Manager Ernest Lau stated, “The BWS’s mission is to provide Oahu residents with a safe, dependable, and affordable water supply. Managing Haiku Stairs draws BWS staff, financial, and other resources away from our core mission to efficiently and effectively meet the water demand of our customers.”

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