Haena plan comment period extended

LIHUE — The Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of State Parks will continue to accept public comments on the master plan and draft environmental impact statement for Haena State Park through Oct. 8. The required public comment period of 45 days, ended Tuesday, but State Parks will continue to accept comments in response to requests from the public to allow more time to review the large and complex document.

A public meeting held in Hanalei on Aug. 19 to present the plan attracted nearly 300 attendees, many of whom suggested that there was not enough time to adequately review the plan and provide comments by the Sept. 8 deadline. Additional written requests for more time have been received by DLNR.

“We believe it is important for the public to have additional time to provide quality feedback to improve the plan,” said Suzanne Case, DLNR chairperson.

“The plan is complex, contains unique and untested elements to reduce resources impacts, with an overarching goal to simply improve public safety and restore a quality experience to the public. This warrants more time for public review,” said Curt Cottrell, newly appointed State Parks administrator.

Comments should be sent to Lauren Tanaka at Lauren.

A.Tanaka@hawaii.gov.

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