Morikawa calls for Polihale reopening

HONOLULU — Following the sending of inquiry emails, and a letter to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, Rep. Dee Morikawa is hopeful that Polihale Beach Park will reopen to the public following the Labor Day weekend.

“After talking with DLNR staff, we are hopeful that Polihale may open after this Labor Day weekend,” Morikawa said in a release, Monday.

Morikawa asked DLNR to open the park, put rules in place, issue permits, allow groups to assist in clean up events, and control the number of users.

Community groups have offered to help the state repair damages and make improvements at the park, and Morikawa would like to see the possible development of a stewardship program at Polihale similar to the Ha‘ena Community Based Subsistence Fishing Area.

“Residents love Polihale and are willing to do their part to maintain the area,” Morikawa, the House Majority Floor Leader, said. “We must protect Polihale as a natural resource and for future use by our residents and the Hawaiian community.”

The state closed Polihale in July, citing reckless, illegal behavior, and overuse. Since then, Morikawa has been asking for more information and a plan for reopening the park.

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The Garden Island

3 Comments
  1. Palani September 1, 2020 6:39 am Reply

    First thing to do is to repair the road. There are more potholes than there is road. It’s a deathtrap. How many years has it been since it’s been graded?


  2. Khsgrad September 1, 2020 8:51 am Reply

    So the rich haoles are gone- How convenient- the very politicians who sell out the islands are now hopeful DNLR will reopen it- Shameful- But Kauai you reap what you sow- You all elect these sell outs again and again-
    They are looking out for you, right????


  3. drsurf September 2, 2020 2:32 pm Reply

    RIMPAC pau?


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