Proposed amendments to Natural Area Reserves rules
Various amendments are proposed for the Natural Area Reserves (NAR) System rules to improve consistency with other rules, amend prohibited activities and penalties, allow longer-term special use permits, allow for the collection of parking fees in Keoneoʻio, Maui, raise the parking fees for non-resident vehicles, and manage commercial use similar to Nā Ala Hele. These proposed rules also seek to extend the closure of areas that have already been closed since 2008 at ʻĀhihi Kīnaʻu NAR on Maui and restrict access to off-trail areas in Mt. Kaʻala NAR on Oʻahu. The Kaʻala boardwalk trail and other marked trails would remain open.
You can learn more about this rule amendment by reading:
- The summary of amendments in the board submittal requesting public hearings,
- The draft of the updated rules for Chapter 209, Rules Regulating Activities in the Natural Area Reserve System. Note that the draft uses Ramseyer notation to show updates: text that is underlined is proposed new language, text that is
strickenis proposed to be removed.
- If you prefer to review the draft rules in person, you can do so at any Division of Forestry and Wildlife district office from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday, except State holidays.
The Division is planning to hold public hearings on these proposed revisions. Dates for those meetings have not yet been determined. Comments can be provided now in writing, or online via the comment box below. A deadline for comments will be determined once public meeting dates are set. To submit a comment in writing, mail your comment to Leah Volak, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Department of Land and Natural Resources, 1151 Punchbowl St, Rm 325, Honolulu, HI, 96813. If you have questions, you can contact [email protected]
Share your voice: Submit a comment on the proposed rule updates
Use the form below to provide your name, email, and input. Your input will be provided to Forestry and Wildlife for use in the continued development of these administrative rules. Mahalo!