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Greater protection sought for Oahu's Kaena Point

Josh Heimowitz Josh Heimowitz
Trash left behind after a bonfire Trash left behind after a bonfire
Hooks & line left behind by fishermen Hooks & line left behind by fishermen
Boulders used in attempt to discourage mud bogging Boulders used in attempt to discourage mud bogging

By Jim Mendoza - bio | email

MOKULEIA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Recreational abuse and abusers are wrecking the landscape on the Mokuleia side of Kaena Point. Video on You Tube shows four-wheelers ripping through mud bogs and ruining sand dunes.

"They're just tearing it up. Every time you go out there it's worse and worse," Josh Heimowitz said.

Heimowitz is on the Kaena Point Advisory Group.

He said at night party goers set bonfires with wooden pallets and picnic benches then leave litter and big black scars on the earth.

Fishermen are guilty too. They toss handfuls of hooks and line into shoreline brush.

Heimowitz said the negative impact endangers native plants and cultural sites.

"The land is just so torn up. When it rains everything is running off of the land and into the water, which can't be good for the reefs and the fish that are out there," he said.

The advisory group will hold a public meeting Tuesday night at Haleiwa Elementary School.

Heimowitz said they want input on what should be done to monitor access and activities beyond the gate to Kaena that is now open to anyone.

"Some of the ideas we've talked about is a free permit where you understand what the rules are. There would be a map that says where you can and can't go," he said. "Personally, I think until we come up with a solution, shutting it off from vehicle access is the right thing to do for the land. It needs to heal."

The Department of Land and Natural Resources has tried to block areas with boulders, spikes and wire to discourage mud bogging.

There is a fine if you're caught off-roading or breaking other rules at Kaena

"It's a beautiful spot. With a little care and management we'd have a world-class natural reserve," Heimowitz said.

If you can't make the meeting you can still voice your input for Kaena Point.

A survey can be found at <http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/kpagsurvey>.


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