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Posted 9/8/2011

Release no. 21-11


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By Honolulu District Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER, HAWAII -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is holding a Public Information meeting on its environmental response activities at the Former Maui Bombing Target – Kanahena Point Formerly Used Defense Site (FUDS) located within the ‘Āhihi-Kīna‘u Natural Area Reserve.

The public meeting will be held Thursday, Sept. 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Kihei Elementary School, 250 Lipoa Street, Kihei, Hawaii.

One of four bombing targets used on Maui, the Kanahena Point site was used by the United States military for practice bombing from early 1945. Use of the target terminated at the end of World War II and the site was abandoned.

The USACE is conducting a Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study at the Kanahena Point site. The Remedial Investigation will enable the USACE to determine the nature and extent of munitions and munitions constituents at the site. The results of the Remedial Investigation will be used in a Feasibility Study to evaluate a range of potential actions for this site, called alternatives, in order to determine the best path forward for managing the site.

The USACE and its contractors conducting the Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study will present an overview of the proposed work and address any questions the public may have regarding the project.

For technical questions, please contact Project Manager Lori Wong at (808) 438-0665 or email: Lori.L.Wong@usace.army.mil.

Questions about the FUDS Program and/or media queries can be directed to Honolulu District’s Public Affairs Office at (808) 438-9862.

The Corps of Engineers encourages communities to educate children about ordnance hazards including proper procedures to follow if they find a suspected ordnance item. If you find any item you suspect might be ordnance – RECOGNIZE, leave the area immediately warning others in the vicinity – RETREAT, and notify local law enforcement officials – REPORT, note the location of the suspicious item, but never touch, move, or disturb the item. Ordnance, regardless of age, or physical shape, can be dangerous.