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.

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017

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…

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.

Mission Statement:

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.


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