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Wao Kele o Puna

NOTICE: COMPREHENSIVE MANAGEMENT PLANNING UNDERWAY

OHA is seeking community input to inform the creation of a Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP) for Wao Kele o Puna, a 25,856-acre property that OHA owns on Hawaiʻi Island.  Since the beginning of 2016, OHA has been working with its contractor, Forest Solutions Inc., and a number of subcontractors, to draft a CMP for Wao Kele o Puna.  A substantial component to the planning process has been community engagement, which, so far, has been conducted through ethnohistorical interviews, a community advisory council, called the ‘Aha Kūkākūkā, and a public meeting in Pāhoa.  An additional public meeting is tentatively scheduled to take place in July.  OHA is open to receiving public comment throughout the process.

Check this webpage for updates on the planning process, including notices of public meetings and other opportunities to provide input.

Contact:  Any input or questions regarding the planning process can be directed to ‘Olu Campbell at 808-594-1848, or at oluc@oha.org.


Wao Kele o Puna is a 25,856-acre property that OHA owns on Hawaiʻi Island.  For OHA, the property reflects the weighted importance of ʻāina and its connection to Native Hawaiian culture and people.  OHA’s aquistion of Wao Kele o Puna provides an opportunity for OHA to contribute to the protection of Hawaiʻi’s natural and cultural resources through the lens of Hawaiian culture and practice.

Location:

Ahupuaʻa of Waiakahiula, Kaʻohe
Moku of Puna
Mokupuni of Hawaiʻi
Puna district, island of Hawai‘i

Acquired: 2006
Size: 25,856 acrea
Zoning: Conservation. State forest reserve protective subzone
Cost to OHA: $300,000. Federal Forest Legacy Program paid the balance of the $3.65 million purchase price
Tenure and use: Owned fee simple
Acquisition objectives:

  • Protect natural and cultural resources
  • Protect traditional and customary rights of Native Hawaiians on the parcels

Features:

  • Forest Reserve; Puna Rainforest
  • One of few remaining tracts of lowland rainforest in the State of Hawaiʻi
  • Many benefits to surrounding lands and communities of Puna (watershed recharge, native plant seed bank for Kīlauea volcano, endangered species habitat, forest resources for gathering and cultural practices)
  • Sacred place for Native Hawaiians – part of the home of the Goddess Pele

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