Plan for cultural park released

The state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands has published a plan to help direct the future of the Malama Cultural Park in Kaunakakai.

The Malama Cultural Park Special Area Plan aims to guide the long-term use and management of the park while protecting its unique natural and cultural resources for present and future generations, according to a DHHL news release on Friday.

“This plan reflects the importance of maintaining a Hawaiian sense of place and access to the shoreline,” said Deputy to the Chair Tyler Iokepa Gomes. “We look forward to seeing how the community uses this plan to preserve this wahi pana.”

In 2011, DHHL acquired a portion of the lands comprising the park from the state. The Hawaiian Homes Commission designated the park as a special district under its land use designation system to preserve and protect significant natural, historical and community resources.

The commission approved the Malama Cultural Park Special Area Plan at its July 18 meeting.

To learn more about the special area plan for the park, visit dhhl.hawaii.gov/po/special-area-plans.


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