As you may have seen in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald, the Land Board eliminated military use of the former Kulani Prison site. Approved by the Board was the use of the former prison compound itself and the pasture area for use by the Youth ChallNGe Academy with the remainder going to the Puu Makaala NARS expansion.
In MKRUG testimony, both at the Puu Makaala NARS Expansion hearings at Cooper Center and at the BLNR meeting last Thursday, we had requested that the main roadway from Stainback Highway to the ’42 flow gate be open to the public exclusive of either DOD or NARS control. While we didn’t get that, in theory at least, the public should only have to deal with the NARS for access to and through the area.
The NARS staff will likely be working on a new management plan for the expanded Puu Makaala NARS. Public access will be an issue in formulating this plan. MKRUG will continue working to secure reasonable public access for the area.
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