Brownfields Forums

The Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Office (HDOH-HEER Office) of the Hawaii Department of Health encourages redevelopment of property that may have been contaminated or potentially contaminated with hazardous substances and petroleum, which is referred to as “Brownfields”.

The HEER Office in support of the EPA Brownfields Program, is continuously conducting Brownfields Forums. The mission of the forum is to inform and reach out to the community regarding various EPA Brownfields Grants available to the community for assessment and cleanup.

Several Brownfields Forums were conducted by HDOH-HEER Office in the past several years to support redevelopment and to reach out to environmental stakeholders, developers, state and city and county officials, and private landowners.


2020 Brownfields Workshop: July 28–29, 2020

The HEER Office collaborated with the U.S. EPA and the Center for Creative Land Recycling to present the Hawai‘i Brownfields Virtual Forum on 7/28–29/2020. The forum had initially been planned as an in-person event, but due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic was converted to an all-virtual format.

Topics included land reuse to affordable housing and open space, economic development, environmental issues associated with brownfield properties, emerging contaminants of concern (PFASs), the Waikoloa Areawide Environmental Hazard Management Plan (AEHMP) for UXO, Construction EHMPs for development, the latest on public record requests, the new iHEER database, and the use of the new HDOH e-permitting portal.

The all-online event was attended by approximately 140 participants from the Hawaiian Islands, the Northern Marianas Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the continental United States.

Videos of all sessions are available at the HEER Webinar Series YouTube channel.


County Brownfields Workshops

In 2017, in an effort to reach out to different counties in the State of Hawaii, the HEER Office decided to conduct Brownfields Workshops in Hawaiʻi, Maui and Kauaʻi Counties. The workshops were conducted in collaboration and partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR). The purpose of the workshops was to present the step by step process of turning unproductive properties into much needed redevelopment, i.e. affordable housing, commercial properties and open recreational spaces. These workshops also provided information on various EPA Brownfields Grants.

These three workshops were participated in by county, state, non-profit organizations and eligible landowners. Seasoned professionals, EPA staff, experts with local experience spoke about Brownfields redevelopment, land recycling, cleanup of contaminated properties and various Brownfields Grants available for assessment, cleanup, job training, area wide planning, Targeted Brownfields Grants, and the Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund.


Maui County Brownfields Redevelopment Workshop – July 12, 2018

Welcome
⋅ Mayor Alan Arakawa; Mayor, County of Maui
⋅ Keith Kawaoka, DOH, Deputy Director for Environmental Health

Overview of State Environmental Management in Hawaiʻi
Fenix Grange, Program Manager, Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response Office (HEER)
⋅ Dr. Lorrin Pang, M.D., DOH Maui District Health Officer

Brownfields Basics and the Hawai’i Environmental Response Law (Panel)
Fenix Grange, Program Manager, HEER Office
Noemi Emeric-Ford, Brownfields Program, USEPA
Melody Calisay, HDOH, Brownfields Redevelopment Coordinator
Roger Brewer, HDOH, Risk Assessor

Illustrative Hawaiʻi Brownfields Redevelopment Projects
Roger Brewer, HDOH, Risk Assessor
Melody Calisay, Brownfields Redevelopment Coordinator

Maui Brownfields Redevelopment Stakeholders (Panel Discussion)
⋅ Michele McLean, Director, Planning Department
Robert Parsons, Environmental Coordinator, Office of Economic Development

LUNCH BREAK ⋅ Speaker: Darrell Ing

General Grant and Financing Opportunities Panel Discussion
Noemi Emeric-Ford, USEPA Region 9 Brownfields Coordinator
Ignacio Dayrit, Programs Director, California Center for Land Recycling

Maui Brownfields Redevelopment Projects Discussion and/or Grant Writing Primer
Ignacio Dayrit, Programs Director, California Center for Land Recycling

Seventh Brownfields Forum Photo 1

Mayor Alan Arakawa, County of Maui Mayor giving the opening remarks during the County of Maui Brownfields Workshop

Seventh Brownfields Forum Photo 2

Fenix Grange, Acting Program Manager for the HEER Office, giving a slide presentation at the Kauaʻi County Brownfields Workshop

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Naomi Emeric-Ford, EPA Region 9 Brownfields Coordinator

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Maui County Brownfields Workshop. Standing row from left to right: Steven Mow, SDAR Supervisor; Naomi Emeric-Ford, EPA Region 9 Brownfields Coordinator; Darrell Ing, Department of Hawaiian Homelands Land Agent; Fenix Grange, Acting Program Manager for the HEER Office; seated from left to right: Davis Bernstein, Program Master of Ceremony; Melody Calisay, HEER Office Brownfields Coordinator; Ignacio Dayrit, Executive Director for Center for Creative Land Recycling.


Kauai County Brownfields and Redevelopment Workshop – July 10, 2018

Welcome
⋅ Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr.; Mayor, County of Kauaʻi
⋅ Keith Kawaoka, DOH, Deputy Director for Environmental Health

Overview of State Environmental Management in Hawaiʻi
Fenix Grange, Program Manager, HEER Office
⋅ Gerald Takamura, DOH Kauaʻi District Health Officer

Brownfields Basics and the Hawaiʻi Environmental Response Law (Panel)
Fenix Grange, Program Manager, HEER Office
Noemi Emeric-Ford, Brownfields Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Melody Calisay, HDOH, Brownfields Redevelopment Coordinator
Roger Brewer, HDOH, Risk Assessor

Illustrative Hawaiʻi Brownfields Redevelopment Projects
Roger Brewer, HDOH, Risk Assessor
Melody Calisay, Brownfields Redevelopment Coordinator

Kauaʻi Brownfields Redevelopment Stakeholders (Panel Discussion)
⋅ Lee Steinmetz, Transportation and Planning Officer, Office of Planning
⋅ George Costa, Director, Office of Economic Development
⋅ Kanani Fu, Director, County of Kauaʻi Housing Agency
⋅ Lyle Tabata, Director, Public Works

LUNCH BREAK ⋅ Speaker: Darrell Ing

General Grant and Financing Opportunities Panel Discussion
Noemi Emeric-Ford, Brownfields Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Ignacio Dayrit, Programs Director, California Center for Land Recycling

Kauaʻi Brownfields Redevelopment Projects Discussion and/or Grant Writing Primer Options: Site-specific round table discussions
Ignacio Dayrit, Programs Director, California Center for Land Recycling


Hawaiʻi County Brownfields and Redevelopment Workshop – November 2, 2017

Welcome
⋅ Harry Kim; Mayor, County of Hawaiʻi
⋅ Keith Kawaoka, DOH, Deputy Director for Environmental Health

Overview of State Environmental Management in Hawaiʻi
Fenix Grange, Program Manager, Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response Office

Brownfields Grants Panel Discussions
Ignacio Dayrit, Programs Director, California Center for Land Recycling
Melody Calisay, Brownfields Coordinator, HEER Office, HDOH

Brownfields Success Story, Hawaiʻi Island Community Development Corporation, Kohala Pesticide Mixing
Brian Nishimura, HICDC Planning Consultant
⋅ Jeremy McComber, HICDC Development Manager

Hawaiʻi County Environmental Contamination and Cleanup: Common Sources, Assessment and Cleanup Options:
John Peard, Hilo Office Project Manager
⋅ Roger Brewer, HEER Office Risk Assessor

Hawaiʻi County Coordination on Potential Brownfields Redevelopment Sites:
Wiliam Kucharski, Director, Department of Environmental Management
Michael Yee, County Planning Director

Hawaii BrownfieldsWorkshopSpeakers

Mr. Keith Kawaoka, Deputy Director, Department of Health; Mayor Harry Kim, Mayor Hawaiʻi County; Davis Bernstein, Consultant and Master of Ceremony; Fenix Grange, Program Manager, HEER Office, Department of Health


Seventh Brownfields Forum – September 22, 2015

On September 22, 2015 the HEER Office, in collaboration with the City and County of Honolulu, U.S. EPA Region 9, and the Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR), hosted Hawaiʻi’s 7th Brownfields Forum, entitled Supporting Development and Land Reuse around Honolulu’s Rail Stations. The Forum was created to encourage private owners, developers, and investors to redevelop Brownfields properties around Honolulu Transit Oriented Development by:
• Facilitating interaction and partnerships among diverse stakeholders,
• Explaining regulatory requirements and the use of site assessment/cleanup tools,
• Informing stakeholders of grants and other financial incentives, and
• Identifying obstacles and incentives to help further facilitate redevelopment.

Over 160 participants attended the Forum in person, and more than 40 people participated by webinar. This was the first forum in which a live stream was conducted. Participants in the webinar included interested parties from all over the State of Hawaii and across the USA. Interestingly, the majority of the attendees were property owners and tenants around the Transit Oriented areas, public development agencies, private developers, public interest groups, bankers, environmental consultants, and more. With the rail underway on Oʻahu, there was also considerable interest from affordable housing developers, who had not previously interacted with the HEER Office, and were not familiar with our regulatory programs or the unique challenges of redeveloping contaminated properties in Hawaiʻi.


Fifth Brownfields Forum – May 24, 2011

The HEER Office collaborated with two other state agencies, the Hawai‘i Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) and the Hawai‘i Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR), to conduct the Hawai‘i Build and Buy Green + Brownfields Redevelopment + Green Workforce Development Conference and Expo, held May 24, 2011. This was the first year the three stand-alone events were brought together as one. The combined event focused on regeneration and reuse of contaminated land, renewable energy, green buildings and green workforce development. Over 400 participants and 50 exhibitors attended.

Program – May 24, 2011
Invitation – April 27, 2011
Agenda – May 24, 2011
Speaker Handout – May 20, 2011

Presentations


Agendas From Previous Forums