Hawaii & Alaska

HI - State welcomes input on plan to manage lands from Honolua to Honokohau Bay

The Public Review Draft Honolua to Honokohau Management Plan recommends healing and restoring the Kulaoka‘e‘a and Lipoa Point planning area’s natural and cultural resources.

WEST MAUI — The state Department of Land & Natural Resources has prepared a draft management plan for state lands between Honolua Bay and Honokohau Bay in West Maui.

The Public Review Draft Honolua to Honokohau Management Plan (HHMP) is available for review via https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/plans-reports/.

John Summers of Planning Consultants Hawaii LLC led an informational meeting on Zoom last week Tuesday, Nov. 30, to present key recommendations from the plan.

The state acquired this area in 2014 following a tremendous effort by the Save Honolua Coalition and community to manage development of the agricultural lands surrounding Honolua Bay.

Summers noted that the purpose of the Draft HHMP is to provide a comprehensive strategy for the stewardship of state land makai of Honoapiilani Highway between the two bays.

Marine waters in Honolua Bay are within the 45-acre Honolua-Mokule’ia Marine Life Conservation District, and just beyond that, the marine waters offshore to Molokai are within the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.

The 244-acre-plus plan area extends from just east of the Honolua Bay access trail to the eastern side of Honokohau Stream.

“There are tremendous resources within the project area that really make this a special, special place,” Summers said.

“Again, we have nearly four miles of undeveloped coastline with panoramic makai views of the Pailolo Channel and Molokai and Lanai, and mauka views — wonderful mauka views — of Mauna Kahalawai,” he continued.

“The area is rich in historic and archeological sites representative of both pre- and post-contact Hawaii. Though dwindling, the coastal fringe area between Lipoa Point and Honokohau has more native plant species than any similar length of coastline on Maui.

“Internationally recognized surfing and snorkeling resources are abundant within the area.”

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