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Hike Set To Marsh Master Plan Sites

Kailua wetlands preservation will be at the forefront of a huakai (visit) Nov. 22, set up by Hawaiian groups and practitioners, to Hawaiian cultural sites that are part of the updated Kawainui Marsh Master Plan proposal.

The free tour from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. will assemble at Kailua United Methodist Church, and participants will then walk down to Ulupo heiau for an orientation and explanation of protocols. Guides will lead bus tours to selected sites around the wetlands area before everyone reconvenes at the church to discuss the plan, address its controversial concepts and have refreshments.

Register before Nov. 19, as space is limited, by emailing Rhonda Roldan at rhondaro@hawaii.edu or call 398-2374.

Kailua’s wetland preservation plan for Kawainui Marsh was last updated in 1994. In 2011, the state set into motion the Kawainui-Hamakua Complex Master Plan, which would add Hamakua Marsh and the Pu’uoehu hillside to the project. The state hopes that the plan will help facilitate future actions within the area that support its natural and cultural landscape, while also aiding the Department of Land and Natural Resources and the Division of State Parks in their goals. The draft master plan may be read online at hhf.com/kawainui/index.html.