Hearing set for Molokai’s Papohaku Dune system

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Friday at the Mitchell Pauole Community Center on a proposed increase of protection for the Papohaku Dune system in west Molokai.

The meeting will address the office’s proposal to change the state land use conservation district subzone in Papohaku Beach, Kaluakoi, from a general subzone to a protective one.

The recommendation, derived in part from the Papohaku Dunes Cultural and Natural Resources Preservation Plan, determined that the current subzone does not adequately protect the culturally significant shrines, burial sites, ecosystem and land forms found in the system.

Organization officials believe the proposed designation will provide the most preservation for the rich, natural resource area, a news release from DLNR about the hearing said.

Those interested are encouraged to attend the meeting at 90 Ainoa St. in Kaunakakai and to provide information and opinions for the DLNR to consider during the review of the proposal. The proposed amendment can be found at the office’s website at hawaii.gov/dlnr/occl.

People unable to attend may submit written testimony by May 31 to alex.j.roy@hawaii.gov or by mail to Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands at P.O. Box 621, Honolulu 96809. For more information, call (808) 587-0316.