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For Immediate Release
June 23, 2019

Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Ha‘ikū Stairs will be Published on June 23 in the Environmental Notice

HONOLULU – The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Ha‘ikū Stairs will be published on Sunday, June 23 by the Office of Environmental Quality Control in The Environmental Notice.

The Board of Water Supply (BWS) along with their consultant, G70, spent just over two years working on the document.

“The BWS worked hard at evaluating each alternative thoroughly and providing an accessible process for public comment through small groups and public meetings with various agencies, landowners, community organizations, and individuals with an interest in this project,” stated BWS Chief Engineer and Manager, Ernest Lau.

Lau further stated, “The BWS’s mission is to provide O‘ahu residents with a safe, dependable, and affordable water supply. Managing Ha‘ikū  Stairs draws BWS staff, financial, and other resources away from our core mission to efficiently and effectively meet the water demand of our customers. This Draft EIS will help guide the BWS, its Board of Directors and other decision makers and elected officials on the final disposition of the stairs by allowing the public and agencies to weigh in on the alternatives and provide their input.”

BWS along with G70 will be making a presentation to the Kāne‘ohe Neighborhood Board at its Thursday, July 18 meeting at Benjamin Parker Elementary School Cafeteria at 7 p.m.

The links for the four volumes of the DEIS are as follows:

The public will be able to submit comments in writing or through a comment portal set up specifically for this project: Comments are due within 45 days of the publication of the DEIS, which would be by Wednesday, August 7, 2019.

For more information about the DEIS and the process, please contact Kathleen Elliott-Pahinui at (808) 748-5319 or

About the Board of Water Supply

The Board of Water Supply (BWS), a semi-autonomous agency of the City and County of Honolulu, manages Oahu’s municipal water resources and distribution system.  As the largest water utility in the State, the BWS serves approximately one million customers on Oahu.  The BWS embraces its mission of “Water for Life – Ka Wai Ola” – to provide a safe, dependable, and affordable water supply, now and into the future.  Uwē  ka lani, ola ka honua – “When the heavens weep, the earth lives.”  For more information, visit



Kathleen Elliott-Pahinui
Information Officer
Honolulu Board of Water Supply
Phone: (808) 748-5319