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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Thursday, January 17, 2002

Kaho'olawe plan includes culture centers, campsites

Advertiser Staff

Kaho'olawe would have cultural education centers, work camps and overnight campsites under a draft plan unveiled this week by the Kaho'olawe Island Reserve Commission.

The features are part of the commission's Draft Kaho'olawe Access & Risk Management Plan, a blueprint for public access and risk management after the Navy hands over the island to the state in 2003.

Under the plan, there will be several cultural education centers and work camps designated for larger groups. They would be at Hakioawa, Kuheia-Kaulana, Luamakika and Honokanai'a.

Overnight campsites for smaller groups would serve as resting places or campsites for those traveling between shoreline destinations or to upland locales. They would be at Papakanui, Ahupu, Honoko'a and Kealaikahiki-Keanakeiki.

The public comment period for the draft plan, which is available at major public libraries across the state, ends Jan. 31.

Informational meetings on the plan will be held on each of the islands. All meetings will be at 7 p.m.: tonight, University of Hawai'i-Hilo, Campus Center, Room 316; tomorrow, Maui County Council chamber, Wailuku; Tuesday, Lana'i Senior Citizens Center; Wednesday, Mitchell Pau'ole Center, Kaunakakai; Jan. 24, State Capitol, Room 329; Jan. 25, Kaua'i Community College, Continuing Education Department.