WAILUA — The concepts for five interpretive signs explaining the history and landscape of the Puna District will be unveiled at this year’s Earth Day celebration at Lydgate Beach Park.
The unveiling is set to kick off the Friends of Kamalani and Lydgate Park’s annual Earth Day community service on April 22. Volunteers will be painting and cleaning up.
“Our intention is to put interpretive signs within each moku to share the historical features and the ahupua‘a of the area,” said Kanoe Ahuna, of Kauai Nui Kuapapa, the group that’s installing moku signs around the island.
The five signs will follow the bike path in the county park from the pavilion toward the heiau and will share the historical features and place names of the Puna District.
“We’ll also feature the wind names of Wailua, which are beautiful, and the place names of Wailua,” Ahuna said.
The five signs are part of an ongoing project to install interpretive signs in each of the mokus, detailing the nuances of each ahupua‘a and connecting visitors and locals to history.
“We’re trying to find locations in county parks,” Ahuna said. “So for the Puna District, the Lydgate Kamalani Park has been dedicated to it.”
Signs already have been installed in the Kona District, for instance, that detail the coconut grove and waterways that stretched from today’s location of Waimea Canyon School to Polihale.
“Unveiling these on Earth Day is a great tie-in with the idea that Earth Day is about maintaining the resources of the island and appreciating the resources,” said Kurt Indvik, of Friends of Kamalani and Lydgate Park.
After the unveiling and a morning of work around Kamalani Playground and Lydgate Park, volunteers will have lunch and have a chance to play konane, an ancient Hawaiian game.
“The game is all about how do you manage the stones on the board so you can keep yourself open with moves and isolate your opponent,” Indvik said.
Friends of Kamalani and Lydgate Park is accepting volunteers for their Earth Day community work day.