HTH 7/4/11: Kona wilderness areas designated, Governor signs law protecting land from future development

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…and also very possibly from the public.

You may have seen this recent article in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald. What does this mean to you? Only time will tell for sure but there are a few points that should be noted.

Areas included:

  1. Honomalino:  All lands from the shoreline to six thousand feet inland
  2. Okoe:  All lands from the shoreline to six thousand feet inland.  The Honomalino and Okoe sections include approximately one thousand four hundred fifty-eight acres
  3. Kaulanamauna:  The Manuka natural area reserve boundary extended to the shoreline
  4. Manuka:  The Manuka natural area reserve boundary extended to the shoreline

Management objectives:

  1. Preserve the extensive archaeological sites in the area, including ancient homesites, a holua slide, a heiau, and burial caves
  2. Preserve and protect native Hawaiian plants and animals currently in the area
  3. Provide for a wilderness area with minimal man-made structures
  4. Permit limited non-vehicular access for recreational purposes, such as fishing, swimming, and exploration
  5. Prevent additional development in the area

Many of the few still accessable camping and fishing areas are included in this “wilderness area”.

The bill: SB1154_CD1_

The HTH article:

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