HAWAI‘I TOURISM AUTHORITY ANNOUNCED DETAILS OF ITS PUNALU'U VISITOR IMPACT MITIGATION PROGRAM on Tuesday. HTA, in partnership with the Island of Hawai‘i Visitors Bureau, has engaged two community-based organizations to support visitor education efforts and mitigate tourism impacts in Punalu‘u and Kealakekua Bay.
This effort is a part of HTA’s newly launched Hawai‘i Island Community-Based Action Stewardship Program. HTA is funding this community-driven approach to destination management as guided by its 2020-2025 Strategic Plan and Hawai‘i Island Destination Management Action Plan.
"HTA continues to collaborate with Hawai‘i Island residents to better manage tourism’s impacts and
support the initiatives they want to see and actively engage in for their communities, such as in Punalu‘u
and Kealakekua Bay,” said Daniel Nāho‘opi‘i, HTA’s Interim President and CEO. “Reinvesting in these
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- Hilina Pali Road from Chain of Craters Road to Hilina Pali Overlook
- Kulanaokuaiki Campground
- Puʻupuaʻi parking lot, Puʻupuaʻi Overlook, and the trail that connects Puʻupuaʻi Overlook to Devastation Trail
- Devastation parking lot and Devastation Trail
- Keanakākoʻi Overlook and the paved trail from Chain of Craters Road
- Crater Rim Trail from Chain of Craters Road to Keanakākoʻi Crater.
- Maunaiki Trail
- Kaʻū Desert Trail
Visitors are encouraged to check the park website at www.nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes for closure updates, safety alerts, air quality, and other information. This includes links to the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory webcams and eruption updates.
THERE ARE NO NEW EXTINCTIONS OF ENDANGERED BIRDS ON HAWAI‘I ISLAND that are listed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service on the Endangered Species List. The agency, in its statement issued Monday, delisted eight birds on other islands that were protected under the Endangered Species Act. The endangered birds, on Maui, Kaua‘i and Moloka‘i, were taken off the Endangered Species List after intensive research concluded that they are extinct.
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