01/19/16 – Community Meeting for Kealakekua Bay State Historic Park, DLNR Seeks Input on the Alternatives for the Park Master Plan

Posted on Jan 19, 2016 in News Releases, State Parks

DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
News Release

DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR
SUZANNE D. CASE
CHAIRPERSON

For Immediate News Release January 19, 2016   

COMMUNITY MEETING FOR KEALAKEKUA BAY STATE HISTORICAL PARK
DLNR Seeks Input on the Alternatives for the Park Master Plan

(Kailua-Kona) 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 (http://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.

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RESOURCES:

Kealakekua Master Plan Video Album: https://vimeo.com/album/3398459


MEDIA CONTACT:

Dan Dennison
DLNR Senior Communications Manager
(808) 587-0407
Dan.w.dennison@hawaii.gov

 

FOR OPEN HOUSE INFORMATION:

John Kirkpatrick 
Belt Collins Hawaii, LLC.
(808) 521-5361
Kealakekua@bchdesign.com