|Hawksbill turtles nest at Pōhue Bay, its surrounding lands now protects as part of Hawaiʻi|
Volcanoes National Park. Photo from National Park Service
Trust for Public Land purchased Pōhue Bay for over $9.4 million funded by the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, plus a catalytic donation from Wyss Foundation. Trust for Public Land transferred ownership and stewardship of Pōhue Bay to the National Park Service "so the area's native ecosystems and cultural treasures would be well cared for and preserved," says the joint statement. Trust for Public Land also transferred and donated $800,000 to Friends of Hawaʻ'i Volcanoes National Park to support the National Park Service's management of Pōhue Bay.
Pōhue Bay has been the subject of several resort development proposals. However, community members identified the Pōhue Bay property as one of the highest priority acquisition/expansion areas in the Kaʻū Community Development Plan, and the acquisition of Pōhue is recommended in the 2016 Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park General Management Plan. Before the land transfer, NPS met with community members in partnership with TPL and Hawaiʻi
|More of the Kaʻū Coast preserved through the purchase of|
lands surrounding Pōhue Bay. Photo from Trust for Public Land
Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development "to better understand the land's cultural, historical and ecological significance. This preliminary process will continue over the next several months. Until a Pōhue interim operating plan is completed, and safe access protective of cultural and natural resources can be ensured, public access is temporarily restricted. There are no bathroom facilities or capacity for trash removal, and emergency response is very limited. Portions of the current jeep trail and pedestrian routes to the coastline pass through private lands not managed by the park," says the joint statement.
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park Superintendent Rhonda Loh said, "Pōhue is an incredibly precious and culturally significant landscape that needs to be protected. We are actively seeking community feedback to get a better understanding of the natural and cultural resources in the area. The park is working to develop an interim operating plan for Pōhue that explores opportunities for public use compatible with resource protection. We thank the community for your patience and for the manaʻo shared so far."
A public meeting will be held at the Ocean View Community Center on Saturday, August 13 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and additional meetings will be announced soon.
Pōhue Bay is home to numerous well-preserved and significant Hawaiian cultural sites, including the largest recorded abrader quarry in Hawaiʻi, lava tubes, burial sites, mauka-makai (mountain to sea) trails, fishing shrines, remains of once-thriving coastal villages, and petroglyphs. A well-preserved portion of the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail or Ala Loa, an ancient coastal trail system, hugs the coastline.
|An anchialine pond and home to Rare endemic ʻōpaeʻula (red shrimp), located within|
the addition to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, which includes Pōhue Bay.
Photo from Trust for Public Land
Trust for Public Land is a national nonprofit that works to connect everyone to the benefits and joys of the outdoors. As a leader in equitable access to the outdoors, TPL works with communities to create parks and protect public land where they are needed most. Since 1972, TPL has protected more than three million acres of public land, created more than 5,000 parks, trails, schoolyards, and iconic outdoor places, raised $84 billion in public funding for parks and for parks and public lands, and connected more than nine million people to the outdoors. To learn more, visit tpl.org.
More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 423 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov, and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
In 2018 Hansjörg Wyss and the Wyss Foundation met the nature crisis by launching the Wyss Campaign for Nature. Wyss has committed $1.5 billion to the Campaign before the end of this decade, supporting Indigenous Peoples, local communities, and nations in their efforts to protect 30 percent of the planet by 2030.
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"THE MOST CONSEQUENTIAL ALLOCATION OF FUNDING for the implementation of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act in its 100-year history," is the phrase employed by Hawaiian Homes Commission Chair William J. Ailā, Jr. He released a statement Monday to described the $600 million funding bill passed by the 2022 Hawai'i Legislature that was signed by Gov. David Ige. Act 279 appropriates the $600 million to serve beneficiaries of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act. DHHL lands are in the South Point area, Wai'ohinu and above Punalu'u, as well as house lots in Discovery Harbour.
|Hawaiian Homelands of Ka'u, encircled in red, are in the South Point area DHHL lands are in the South Point area, Wai'ohinu and above Punalu'u, as well as house lots in Discovery Harbour. DHHL map.|