Kaena Point off-roading prompts permit system

Kaena Point off-roading prompts permit system

HONOLULU (AP) - The state will be requiring permits for vehicles to access the Mokuleia section of Kaena Point State Park Reserve.

Beginning Dec. 1, a permit will be required to drive beyond the paved parking lot. This won't apply to those who hike or bike on the dirt road.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources say restricting vehicle use is necessary because of natural resource damage from off-roading. Department Chairman William Aila says the system will increase accountability for behavior at Kaena Point. He says permits won't infringe on Native Hawaiian gathering rights.

Those who get a free permit will receive the combination to a locked gate.

The department is holding three informational meetings this month to explain the new process and issue permits to drivers who meet requirements.

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