Archaeological Services

Cultural Impact Assessments
Cultural impact assessments have recently become a common component in Environmental Assessment (EA) documents prepared in pursuant to Chapter 343, HRS.  These studies follow the Guidelines for Assessing Cultural Impact published by the Office of Environmental Quality Control (OEQC), as amended in 2000 and approved by the Governor as Act 50 that same year.

Cultural impact assessments include information pertaining to traditional cultural practices and beliefs of a particular cultural or ethnic group (or groups).  This information can be obtained through scoping, community meetings, ethnographic interviews and oral histories.  Information obtained is applied to the analysis of cultural impacts of the project.

Based on State guidelines, cultural impact assessment reports usually include the following items:
  • A geographical description of the subject parcel;
  • A description of archaeological and historical resources, as well as any non-physical traditional cultural properties and practices within the subject parcel;
  • The project’s potential impacts to any identified physical historical properties as well as non-physical traditional cultural properties and practices identified
  • Methods used to solicit information from Hawaiian organizations and community residents and the results of those communications; and
  • Recommendations for mitigating any potential impacts to cultural resources identified within the subject parcel.

Examples of recent PCSI Cultural Impact Assessments include:

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