DLNR holds community meeting to discuss plans for Kealakekua Bay park

Dozens of people met with the Department of Land and Natural Resources officials this weekend to hear about, and give feedback on, plans for Kealakekua Bay state historical park, on Hawaii Island.

The state is looking for input on alternatives drafted for the master plan, they include the possibility of creating trails around the park, building a visitor shelter and larger parking lot and maybe moving it off-site to reduce impact on a nearby heiau.

DLNR says part of the issue is that the state does not get any kind of financial payback for commercial and visitor impacts on the popular bay.

The state says it’s trying to balance preservation of cultural values and historical sites with recreational and commercial use of the park and bay.

You can view the plans at on DLNR’s Division of State Parks’  website by clicking here. Public comment is accepted until Feb. 28th.

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