Kaʻū CDP shows Punalu'u as having resort, commercial and other high density zonings that allow for economic development, while acknowledging its "rich ecological, historical, and cultural legacy." It says Punalu'u "is dear to the hearts of most residents to this day." Among the recommendations for Punalu'u in Kaʻū Community Development Plan is to "protect the shoreline from the encroachment of man-made improvements and structures" and "to maintain the shoreline for recreational, cultural, educational and/or scientific uses in a manner that is protective of resources and is of the maximum benefit to the general public." The recommendation of the CDP is also to "Protect and conserve forest and coastal areas with native wildlife, natural ecosystems, and wilderness."
Nīnole, next to Punalu'u, away from the more crowded
Black Sand Beach. Photo by Bob Martin
Regarding natural resources in the Punalu'u area, the CDP says, "Protect, preserve, and effectively manage forests, watersheds, shoreline area, natural areas, and rare or endangered species and their habitats." It also recommends that the county and community "Protect, restore, and enhance the sites, buildings, and objects of significant historical and cultural importance to Hawai'i."
In regard to the use of Punalu'u, the CDP recommends protection of "all rights, customarily and traditionally exercised for subsistence, cultural and religious purposes, and possessed by ahupua'a tenants who are descendants of native Hawaiians who inhabited the Hawaiian Islands prior to 1778, subject to the right of the state to regulate such rights." It says, "Ensure appropriate public access to the shoreline, public trails, hunting areas, scenic places and vistas, and significant historic sites, buildings, and objects of public interest. Additionally, ensure access for cultural practitioners."
See the entire Kaʻū Community Development Plan at https://www.hawaiicountycdp.info/site-resources/pictures/kau/kau-community-development-plan-final-2.
Acclaimed Classical Pianist Monica Chung, and HIMF-Founder and Internationally Acclaimed Metropolitan Opera Soprano Amy Shoremount-Obra will perform a number of classic Spanish language songs of Obradors, as well as compositions of Debussy, Wagner, and Devorak.
|During a pre-pandemic presentation at Pāhala Plantation House is Eric Silberger, who will play the music of Queen Lili'uokalani with Mana Music Quartet, livestreamed from the same venue Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Photo by Carlin Ma|
THE RISE IN COVID CASES ON THIS ISLAND has prompted the following county Civil Defense message today: For the County of Hawai'i, the Department of Health reports 44 new cases with 302 active cases, and five persons hospitalized. "The increase in Coronavirus cases is expected with more travel and
GOLF & MEMBERSHIPS for Discovery Harbour Golf Course and its Clubhouse: The Club offers Social Memberships, with future use of the clubhouse and current use of the pickleball courts as well as walking and running on specified areas of the golf course before 8 a.m. and after 3 p.m. to enjoy the panoramic