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Communication No. 2013 -20 <br />Public Access, Open Space & Natural Resources Commission <br />c/o 25 Aupuni St. Suite 1 101 <br />Hilo, Hawai'i 96720 -4252 <br />To the Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources Commission, <br />The Action Committee of the Puna Community Development Plan wishes to <br />voice its support for the land acquisition at Kapoho / Wai'opae, also known as the <br />Hara property or Vacationland Land Trust, TMK 1 -4 -02 -022, & 051 by the Public <br />Access, Open Space and Natural Resources Commission (PONC). The property is <br />currently #7 on the PONC priority list and we request that the property move to <br />a higher position on the list for 2013 thus improving its chances for acquisition. <br />The fish kill at Wai'opae on March 19, 2013 has recently highlighted the urgency <br />of the acquisition of this property. Human causes may have been responsible <br />for the fish kill in the Marine Life Conservation District. This property would <br />help protect the watershed and ensure that it would not be developed with <br />residences or agriculture, thus providing some protection for the fishery at the <br />M LCD. <br />The piece available for acquisition is about 321 acres and borders the south side <br />of Kapoho Kai Rd. and makai of Hgwy 137. It also borders the Marine Life <br />Conservation District with about 4,000 ft. of shoreline south of the Vacationland <br />subdivision. We find this land acquisition consistent with the Puna Community <br />Development Plan (PCDP). Section 3.5.2, 3.5.3 and 2.4 of the PCDP call for <br />expanded recreational areas and protection of the shoreline areas and coastal <br />resources. <br />Section 3.5.3 part e. states: "Create and improve Preserves as <br />foIIows: ... 2) Improve conditions at Wai'opae Tidepools and the <br />Marine Conservation District. <br />3) Providing off - street parking that does not encroach <br />into private lands; and 4) Providing permanent public access. <br />Part 3.5.2 states: "Adopt the following classification for expansion <br />and improvement of parks in Puna: 5) Coastal Activity Area: A <br />shoreline recreational area that is accessed by a park or a public <br />easement." <br />Part 2.4 calls for the protection of the shoreline area and coastal <br />resources - biological, historical and access trails. <br />The Vacationlands Land Trust Property /Nara property TMK 1 -4 -02 -022 & 051 <br />offers numerous resources: Historical & cultural sites, endangered species, <br />preservation and restoration of native habitat, access to coastal trails and <br />coastal waters and increased ability for appropriate management of the Marine <br />Life Conservation District. <br />