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Community meeting on Kealakekua Bay master plan Saturday (Jan 30)

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Interested people are invited to review and discuss the preliminary alternatives for the management and development of Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park on Hawaii Island at a meeting on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Konawaena Elementary School. The findings of studies conducted for the planning will be shared, along with the alternatives that address public use, management of important resources, and proposed facilities. Kealakekua is one of the most culturally and historically significant places in Hawaii and the goal of this park planning is to balance the preservation of the cultural values and historical sites with the recreational use of the park, especially the very popular Kealakekua Bay.

DATE: Saturday, January 30, 2016
TIME: Open House 1:00 to 2:30pm, Discussion Session 2:30pm to 4:00pm
LOCATION: Konawaena Elementary School Cafeteria, 81-901 Onouli Road, Kealakekua

Special assistance: If accommodation of special needs is required (e.g., large print, taped materials, sign language interpretation), please contact John Kirkpatrick, Belt Collins Hawaii LLC, by January 22, 2016.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of State Parks in partnership with Belt Collins Hawaii (BCH) is hosting this meeting as part of the planning process for the Master Plan Update and an Environmental Impact Statement. If you are unable to attend this meeting, the materials can be reviewed on the State Parks website (dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/). Comments will be accepted until February 28, 2016.

“As we update our master planning for Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park, we’ve made a concerted effort to integrate planning for the bay and ocean recreation with the land-based park and the concerns of the local community” said Curt Cottrell, DLNR State Parks Administrator. “We know how popular this bay is with both residents and visitors and are seeking input on management and development alternatives that will balance recreational use with the historical and cultural values of this very special place,” Cottrell said.

DLNR Videos about the Kealakekua Bay master plan. vimeo.com/album/3398459

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