Townscape, Inc

Kalaeloa Heritage Park Plan & Environmental Assessment

Completed 2014

Townscape had the privilege to work with members of the Kalaeloa Heritage and Legacy Foundation and the Hawaiʻi Community Development Authority to develop a conceptual plan for a 77-acre living historical park—now being restored and managed as the Kalaeloa Heritage Park. The heritage park contains significant cultural and natural resources unique to the ʻEwa plain, including the majority of undisturbed cultural sites remaining within the Kalaeloa area.

Construction of the traditional native Hawaiian kauhale was completed with the help of many volunteers. It serves as a gathering place for visitors to the heritage park.

The conceptual plan was developed with the theme of creating a heritage park that promotes stewardship and preservation of native Hawaiian cultural sites. Of the 77 acres, only five acres were proposed for the development of facilities to support the heritage park, as the layout focused on minimizing disturbance of the site and building on previously disturbed areas. Townscape also conducted the Environmental Assessment for the Kalaeloa Heritage Park Plan.

Agricultural sinkhole with ti plant, one of the many cultural features remaining at the heritage park.

Following the completion of the conceptual plan and Environmental Assessment, KHLF was given a 40-year lease to the property and has been offering cultural site tours and hosting monthly community workdays.

Conceptual site plan developed with the KHLF Board.