Save Kokee!

SOURCE: Judy Dalton
SUBHEAD: Final Plan contains all the elements the Public Opposed!

Image above: Entrance of Disneyland. in Anaheim, Caifornia in the 1960's.  

Public Meeting--Koke'e Advisory Council and DLNR: Final Master Plan for Koke'e and Waimea Canyon State Parks  

Thursday, April 2, 2009 at 5:30pm  

Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Cafeteria, 4431 Nuhou St. in Lihue (Puhi) This meeting may be our last opportunity to be a voice for Koke`e. The Koke`e Advisory Council is intended to be the voice for the community. The Council is being asked to give recommendations to the BLNR on the Master Plan which still contains virtually all of the proposals the community has consistently objected to, including:

  • An entry station with gate to collect entry fees and control park access, to be located immediately north of the junction of Waimea Canyon Drive and Koke`e Road near mile marker 6.9
  • The development of a new "lodge complex," at Kanaloahuluhulu Meadow, without defining or limiting the size and scope of this potential hotel with additional parking.
  • The development of a new "Park Visitor Service Center" at Kanaloahuluhulu Meadow.
  • The possibility of replacing all of the existing buildings at the meadow without defining or limiting the size and scope of the buildings.
  • A permanent concession building at Waimea Canyon Lookout.
  • Development of an unlimited number of lower elevation viewpoint turnouts.
  • Development of new parking lots at trailheads (45 vehicles at Discovery Center, 50 at Kaluapuhi Trail across from Awa`awapuhi Trail) and expansion of Kalalau, Waimea Canyon and Pu`u Hinihina lookouts.
  • Super-sized railings at lookouts, guardrails and along pathways.
  • Increase fees to hunt, fish, and gather.
  • The overall goal is to increase revenues to the DLNR for statewide projects, not limited to Koke`e.

 What will remain of our future wilderness experience? Want to give testimony, but are unable to attend this meeting? Please email it to testimony as plain text, and we will present it for you! For more information, please contact us at

 See also:
Island Breath: Kokee will never be the same 7/27/06

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