Changes proposed for ‘Ahihi-Kina‘u

Hearing to be held Nov. 10 in Kihei

Alcohol and drug use would be prohibited in natural reserve areas statewide and parking fees would be established in the ‘Ahihi-Kina’u Natural Area Reserve under rule changes proposed by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

A hearing on the proposed changes is set for 6 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Kihei Community Center.

Other proposed rule amendments include permit provisions and establish a system to remove vehicles from reserve areas.

The proposed $5-per-vehicle parking fees at ‘Ahihi-Kina’u’s Kanahena lot would provide a self-sustaining funding source, according to an announcement. Hawaii residents would not be charged.

The parking area would be closed daily from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

The draft rule amendments can be reviewed at dlnr.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/NARS-draft-rules-160311.pdf. The amendments also can be seen at the Maui Division of Forestry and Wildlife at 1995 Main St., Room 301, in Wailuku.

Written comments may be addressed to Betsy Gagne, DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Natural Area Reserves Commission, 1151 Punchbowl St., Room 325, Honolulu 96813; or betsy.h.gagne@hawaii.gov.

Comments are due Nov. 30.

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