New Hawaiian Memorial Park Plan to Establish Cultural Preserve and Conservation Easement On Entire Parcel
The plan adds cemetery space and establishes a cultural preserve while ensuring land will be maintained in conservation
KANEOHE – A new Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery plan seeks to add capacity for interment sites on 28.2 acres of a 156-acre parcel adjacent to its existing property. The new cemetery area will be sensitively situated to create approximately a 2,000-foot buffer from the nearby senior living community Pohai Nani and another 150-foot buffer zone from the nearest homes. Originally established in 1958, Hawaiian Memorial Park’s inventory is currently 93 percent sold and in need of expansion to address ever-increasing demand for interment space from Hawaii’s aging population.
The proposed plan also establishes a 14.5-acre cultural preserve to protect Kawa'ewa'e Heiau, a nearly 1,000 year-old temple located on the property. The heiau and other cultural sites on the parcel will be preserved and maintained by a Native Hawaiian nonprofit under an agreement.
While the property is estimated to contain between 70 to 80 acres of total usable cemetery area, the current plan seeks to use only 28.2 acres and leaves the remaining 127.8 acres of the parcel as open space and a cultural preserve. As an added level of commitment, Hawaiian Memorial Park has voluntarily agreed to place the entire parcel into a conservation easement, similar to Turtle Bay and the Ka Iwi coastline, to ensure the area is protected from future development in perpetuity.
“This new plan balances the need to meet the island-wide demand for cemetery space while being sensitive to the surrounding community,” said Jay Morford, president of Hawaiian Memorial Life Plan, Ltd. “We’re committed to continuing our nearly 60-year legacy of being good neighbors in Kaneohe and this plan reflects that commitment.”
2017 Plan Summary:
127.8 acres dedicated to cultural preserve and open space
Establishes 14.5 acre Cultural Preserve to be maintained by a Native Hawaiian organization
Places conservation easement on entire parcel; prohibiting future development in perpetuity
New cemetery area limited to 28.2 acres
Creates approx. 2,000-foot buffer from Pohai Nani
Establishes 150-foot buffer from nearest homes
Mitigates visual impacts
Grading/Drainage: HMP has committed to drainage improvements designed to meet the 100-year 1-hour storm event (the city requirement is 10-year 1-hour storm event), which will result in a 20% reduction in stormwater runoff
Meets the need of providing cemetery inventory for the growing demand from Hawaii's aging population
Promotes open space
Located in Kaneohe in the Ko'olaupoko District of Oahu, Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery is one of Hawaii’s premier and more established memorial parks.
HMP's New Proposed Plan
Updated July 25, 2017