The State Department of Hawaiian Lands released a plan to help guide the future of Malama Cultural Park in Kaunakakai.
The Malama Cultural Park Special Area Plan aims to guide the long-term use and management of the park while protecting its unique natural and cultural resources for present and future generations, according to a DHHL press release on Friday.
“This plan reflects the importance of maintaining a Hawaiian sense of place and access to shore,” said Assistant to the President Tyler Iokepa Gomes. “We look forward to seeing how the community will use this plan to preserve this wahi pana.”
In 2011, DHHL acquired part of the land comprising the state park. The Hawaiian Homes Commission has designated the park as a special district under its land use designation system to preserve and protect important natural, historic, and community resources.
The commission approved the Malama Cultural Park Special Zone Plan at its July 18 meeting.
To learn more about the Special Area Plan for the park, visit dhhl.hawaii.gov/po/special-area-plans.