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Last Saturday’s DLNR designated road walk-out

Vehicles on the beach and reef shelf.

Last Saturday, members of the community, Friends of Kaena, and fishermen interested in the preservation of Kaena Point met with members of the KPAG committee. Also present was our local State house representative Gill Rivieria. The purpose of the walk-out, led by DLNR head William Aila, was to view damage caused by off-roading and careless use and to establish designated road and beach access for Kaena users. Mr. Aila explained that certain areas would be off-limit to vehicular traffic so they would have a chance to re-establish vegetation. Other areas would have limited vehicular usage as long as vehicles stayed within designated road areas. Several fishermen expressed interest in helping to replant the area.

Off-road route to the beach area through dunes and native vegetation.

Board member Marsha Taylor, of Waialua High School, has established a plant nursery with the help of her students to propagate the native plants of the area and has invited Kaena fishermen and all interested parties to participate in future plantings.

Presently, fishers want vehicle access to the shelf and beach areas. Although these are not historic areas for vehicle access, the proliferation of 4WDs and passenger SUVs has allowed fishers immediate access to the Kaena shoreline (see images in gallery here). Although it is illegal to drive on the beach, the DLNR has been negligent in curbing beach-driving in Kaena- and users now believe it to be a right rather than an illegal activity.

This Saturday, Oct. 1, will be the second of four proposed walk-outs to solicit input from Park users. The meeting starts at 9.00 AM from at the end of Farrington HWY parking lot and will cover the area starting from Manini Gulch to approx. the beach cove.

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