The Kilauea community in cooperation with U.S. Fish & Wildlife and the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust will manage Kahili aka Rock Quarry. The following is the draft plan.
Kia`i Kāhili Management Statement for the KNA blog:
Kāhili is a beautiful bay on the North Shore of Kaua‘i that is accessed by vehicles in two ways; one from Wailapa and the other from Kāhili Quarry Road in Kīlauea. The land is owned and managed on the Wailapa side by Hawaiian Island Land Trust and on the Kīlauea side by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) as part of the Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. The bay has great historical significance as it was the original entry port for ships to bring every part of what has now become the Kīlauea town including the many ethnic groups that call Kīlauea home.
The Kīlauea community enjoyed this beach for many generations but as the sugar plantation went out of business in 1971, land ownership quickly shifted from a large landowner to individuals. For the last 10 years, a lack of maintenance has rendered access to Kāhili from the Kīlauea side virtually impossible. The community sorely misses the ability to access the beach from Kīlauea so when development occurred near the river mouth the community quickly requested for access to be restored. However, due to the increase of tourism and people wanting to access the beach, the community was worried about negative impacts should access be re-opened. Shortly thereafter, Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge came out with its Comprehensive Conservation Plan and a coalition emerged to help address those concerns and work with USFWS to frame a direction that would satisfy all involved. That’s when Kilauea Neighborhood Association (KNA), ʻĀina Hoʻokupu o Kīlauea, Hawaiian Island Land Trust, and USFWS got together with the community and created Kia`i Kāhili.
Kia`i Kāhili is taking the lead to form the management framework for responsible use of the beach by all. We invite the community to take ownership and protect this very special place from illegal activities and negative impacts. We really hope that you will share the same mission and vision for one of the few pristine places left on the north shore of Kaua‘i. Our next Ohana Beach Clean-up is scheduled for Saturday, July 29, 2017 at from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. To find out how you can participate contact firstname.lastname@example.org…
Kia`i Kāhili Vision:
Here is Kāhili makai, where well-intentioned and deeply-connected stewards cherish and protect a peaceful, clean, and relatively undeveloped coastline. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, together with the Kīlauea community, are working to perpetuate natural resource conservation, meaningful cultural richness and connection, and community recreational activities of the Kāhili and Kīlauea river area.
Native plants blanket the sand dunes and aerial displays of thriving Hawaiian seabirds (koa`e `ula, mōlī, `a`o, `ua`u, and `ā) are enjoyed with wonderment; their nearby nests and young well-protected from introduced predators. Families watch `iwa dip for clean water from the muliwai filled with `ama`ama in the purple and blue of evening. Star constellations are observed in the dark sky while stories are shared between young and old. Fishermen gather and teach responsible fishing practices. In pāʻina, we share the “fruits of labor” strengthening our bond of community.
Responsible behavior is fostered through education and monitoring, and the implementation of community management where the health and vibrance of Kāhili is perpetuated for generations to come.
Together we manage this unique place to achieve ecological and cultural vitality, connection (to this place and each other) and continued responsible recreation through collaborative education and stewardship for the continuing benefit of current and future generations.
Check out Anaina hou’s calendar for June and add this early July date. July 7: Free Friday Night Movie “Independence Day” starting at 6:30pm on the lawn of Kauai Mini Golf.
The county planning commission has moved the General plan agenda item and the subject of Princeville resort zoning so many times it is almost impossible for the average citizen to know how or when to participate in the process of planning.
Lucky for you a few neighbors are paying attention.
All the information in this post is accurate accept the dates.
The new planning commission meeting date is Tuesday, May 23rd. @ 9am. Written testimony should be recieved by mail or email one day before the meeting. The meeting location is in room 2A-2B of the county building at 4444 Rice st., Lihue.
Your presence, your person or your testimony will carry great weight at this meeting. See the links below for more information.
This links helps understand the General Plan language for resort zoning.
This link offers a sample letter for written testimony in favor of the proposed change.
This post is a developing collection of Kilauea History that will a permanent home in the “history” section as it evolves.
First we have a priceless collection of four videos provided by local historian and scholar Gary Smith in collaboration and with the permission of the Kauai Historical Society.
Kauai Historical Society – Gary Smith – Kilauea I
Kauai Historical Society – Gary Smith – Kilauea II
Kauai Historical Society – Gary Smith – Kilauea III
Kauai Historical Society – Gary Smith – Kilauea IV
Next is an collaboration between Anaina Hou Community Park and patriarch of one Kilauea’s primary families, Jack Gushiken. Anaina Hou Community Park has a great website in addition to their great facility. One of the gems of the website is a secti0n called “Anaina Hou, Yesterday and Today”. It includes the historical story telling of “uncle” Jack Gushiken. With permission from our neighbors at Anaina Hou we have attached links to several of those stories.
The following stories and anecdotes are written by Jack Gushiken and we hope there are more to come.
Own your beach in the stewardship sense. Come help continue our restoration of the classic dune ecosystem between Kahili beach and the Kahili stream estuary.
HILT’s next Volunteer Day at Kahili B