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Please support Ka`ena at the North Shore Neighborhood Board Meeting!!!

There will be a Special Meeting of the North Shore Neighborhood Board (NSNB) at 7:00 p.m.  on Wednesday, 13 July at the Waialua Community Association building in  Hale’iwa to address and, hopefully, approve the five recommendations of  the Ka’ena Point Advisory Group (KPAG).  The Special NSNB meeting is important  because even though the Mokule’ia Community Association (MCA) approved and  supported the five recommendations at its 11 September 2010 meeting, the  NSNB has neither approved nor supported the recommendations, which are  scheduled to go before the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) on  22 July.

The five recommendations, if approved by the  BLNR, will enact measures which significantly preserve and protect Ka’ena  Point’s lands, which continue to be torn up by off-road vehicles (ATVs,  four-wheel drives and dirt bikes).

Please attend the  Special NSNB meeting if you can and encourage your Mokule’ia and Waialua  friends and neighbors to attend so that there is an impressive number of  those present who support the KPAG’s recommendations.

The recommendations are:

  1. The Department of Land and Natural Resources through its assigned Division’s, take appropriate action to protect the Leina A Ka Uhane. Protections should include Signage as to the cultural importance of the site, including specific language instructing visitors not to climb on top of it and to refrain from any other actions that could cause damage to it. We encourage DLNR and Office of Hawaiian Affairs to collaborate on funding, wording, and installation of the signage. (This recommendation was approved unanimously by KPAG)
  2. DLNR through its assigned Division’s take appropriate actions to protect the sand dune ecosystems. Protections should consider the use of boulders, pilings, fencing, and any other reasonable manner to a physical barrier to vehicles. (This recommendation was approved unanimously by KPAG)
  3. DLNR through its assigned Division’s, take appropriate actions to protect areas within the Kaena Point State Park Reserve from continuing degradation and soil erosion caused by irresponsible vehicular access. The Manini Gulch area should be a priority site. Protection should consider the use of boulders, pilings, fencing, and any other reasonable manner to provide a physical barrier to the areas.  Once barriers are in place additional measures should be implemented to reduce erosion. (This recommendation had consensus but fishermen expressed concern about vehicular access to fishing spots)
  4. The DLNR through its assigned Division’s, take appropriate steps to designate an appropriate road in the Kaena Point State Park Reserve. This would provide clarity to the existing Administrative Rule governing where vehicles should be operated. There are two options put forth for consideration. A majority position that only the upper road be designated, and a minority position that the upper road with a network of extensions to the ocean be designated. Once a road is designated the demarcation of the road could include the use of boulders, pilings, fencing, signage, and any other reasonable manner to provide guidance to vehicle operators as to where they should be operating. Signage and maps of the location of the designated road should be made available to Kaena Point State Park Reserve users. (The upper road recommendation will minimize the impacts of vehicle use. The upper road and network recommendation was favored by fishermen who desired continued vehicular access close to the ocean.)
  5. The DLNR thorugh its assigned Division’s, secure the gate at the end of the paved road with a combination lock. Create an entry permit system, providing permittee’s with access to the combination, which would be changed at a frequency determined by the Division. The access permit should have a vehicle registration component allowing for cross referencing the vehicle with the permittee. Other suggested conditions of the permit should include the acknowledgement of receipt and understanding of the Kaena Point State Park Reserve Administrative Rules, and a provision to revoke the permit for any violation of the rules. The Division should also consider any other reasonable conditions to the permit that allow for safe efficient management of the Reserve.  (This recommendation was supported by the majority of the group with the exception of the fishermen.)

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