Public to provide input on NOAA's plans for Maunalua Bay
HAWAII KAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
The future of Maunalua Bay will be up for discussion Tuesday night during a town hall meeting.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials along with elected officials -- including Sen. Sam Slom, Sen. Laura Thielen and Rep. Gene Ward – will take questions and address concerns regarding a proposal to make the Bay a Special Sanctuary Management Area, which means more protections for humpback whales and other marine life.
Many restrictions will be imposed on the bay, which are of serious concern to bay users, saying the bay may not be as user friendly. Nearby business owners also say the area could be severely impacted.
NOAA said, with its expertise and resources, it can work with the community to try to help restore the Bay and make it healthier.
The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hahaione Elementary School cafeteria.