Notice of Availability



Pursuant to Title 49, United States Code, Section 47106(c)(1)(A), notice is hereby given that the State of Hawaii, Department of Transportation, Airports Division (HDOT-A) proposes to seek Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval of the Pacific Regional Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Training Center at the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole. The Proposed Action will serve the State of Hawaii as a Regional Training Center for Hawaii aircraft rescue and firefighting personnel. Site structures and components of the project will include an administration building, vehicle storage building and four training props. Additional site improvements will include utilities, road construction, a vehicle parking area, maneuvering areas for the training vehicles, and a spent water discharge system. The establishment of a regional training center will ensure consistent, safe, high-quality training for Hawaii aircraft rescue and firefighting personnel.

The Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) evaluates the potential environmental impacts of the Proposed Action described above and has been prepared pursuant to the requirements of Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and Section 509(b)(5) of the Airport and Airway Improvement Act of 1982, as amended. The FAA is the lead federal agency to ensure compliance with NEPA for airport development actions. The Draft EA was prepared in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F, Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures; and FAA Order 5050.4B, NEPA Implementing Instructions for Airport Actions. Pursuant to the federal Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, and the Department of Transportation Act, the Draft EA includes an analysis of prudent or feasible alternatives, potential impacts, and mitigation measures, as appropriate.

Beginning on March 28, 2018, a copy of the Draft EA will be available for public review at and at the following locations during normal business hours through April 27, 2018:

  • Hawaii Department of Transportation, Airports Division, 400 Rodgers Boulevard, 7th Floor, Honolulu, Hawaii;
  • FAA Honolulu Airports District Office 300 Ala Moana Blvd., Rm 7-128, Honolulu, Hawaii;
  • Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole, 73-200 Kupipi Street, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740-2645
  • Kailua Kona Public Library, 75-138 Hualalai Rd., Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740
  • Hawaii State Library, 478 South King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

All comments on the Draft EA should be sent to the mailing address or email listed below:

Hawaii Department of Transportation – Airports Division
Attention: Airports Planning
400 Rodgers Boulevard, Suite 700
Honolulu, Hawaii 96819

Comments are due to HDOT-A by 5:00 p.m. Hawaii Time on Friday, April 27, 2018. Please allow sufficient time for mailing. HDOT-A must receive your comments by the deadline, not simply postmarked by that date. Before including your name, address and telephone number, email or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
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Director of Transportation