Public hearing to be held on protection of Papohaku Dune system

| May 3, 2013 | 6 Comments

The Papohaku Dune system needs greater protection of its culturally significant shrines, burial sites, fragile ecosystem and unique geomorphology, according to a recent plan. A public meeting to discuss this plan is set for May 10. Photo by Sarah Minahan.

The Papohaku Dune system needs greater protection of its culturally significant shrines, burial sites, fragile ecosystem and unique geomorphology, according to a recent plan. A public meeting to discuss this plan is set for May 10. Photo by Sarah Minahan.


DLNR News Release

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands (OCCL) will hold a public hearing on Molokai on May 10 regarding a proposed subzone amendment to increase the level of protection for the Papohaku Dune system in west Molokai. The dune system has been identified as an important natural and cultural resource of the State of Hawaii.

The public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, May 10, at the Mitchell Pau’ole Community Center in Kaunakakai.

OCCL is proposing to change the state land use conservation district subzone of tax map key (TMK): (2) 5-1-006:156 at Papohaku Beach, Kaluakoi, from the general subzone to the protective subzone.

Hawaii’s dune systems harbor important native plant and animal species and serve as storm buffers from normal seasonal high waves and episodic high tide events. The proposed subzone amendment was a recommendation that formed out of the Papohaku Dunes Cultural and Natural Resource Preservation Plan, which suggests that the current subzone designation is insufficient to provide for the effective preservation of the dune system and its culturally significant shrines, burial sites, fragile ecosystem and unique geomorphology.

The protective subzone designation is recommended as it provides the highest preservation potential for sensitive natural ecosystems that contain valuable historic, archeological and natural resource features such as the Papohaku Dunes. This designation of the Papohaku Dune area is consistent with the objective of the Conservation District Protective Subzone, which is “to protect valuable natural and cultural resources in designated areas such as restricted watersheds, marine, plant, and wildlife sanctuaries, significant historic, archeological, geological, and volcanological features and sites, and other designated uses.”

All interested persons are urged to attend the public hearing to present relevant information and individual opinion for the DLNR to consider during the review of the proposed subzone amendment.

The proposed amendment to Hawaii Administrative Rule Chapter 13-5 may be found online at the OCCL’s website at hawaii.gov/dlnr/occl. Persons unable to attend the hearing may send written testimony no later than May 31 to Alex.J.Roy@hawaii.gov or by mail to Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands at P.O. Box 621 Honolulu, HI 96809. Any person with special needs requiring accommodations or assistance should contact OCCL at least five days prior to the public hearing. For more information, call 587-0316.

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  1. mkklolo says:

    One week notice for the meeting put out on a Friday? What’s going on here. The text of the proposal is not available at the listed site (or is well buried). Looks like dlnr is trying to pull a fast one.

  2. mkklolo says:

    See http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/occl/random-files/MO0801_Staff_report.pdf for more detail. This has been sitting around since 2008 and they are just getting around to a meeting now…in such a hurry that they only give 5 working days notice????

  3. RT says:

    This has nothing to do with Larry Ellison.

    It has *everything* to do with those knuckleheads who have been driving their 4×4 trucks and motorcycles on the dunes at Papohaku and Kawakiu. I took photos and reported them to DLNR, Nature Conservancy, the Police, God and Everyone Else. Finally something getting done here.

    I’ve been told that making these changes will allow DLNR to prosecute anyone who drives a motorized vehicle on the beach.

    Good news for Molokai and the West End Honu Ohana that lives on Papohaku!!!!

  4. kalaniua ritte says:

    rite on west enders ,put yourselves out there and protect your shit.

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