Governor Abercrombie Signs South Kona Wilderness Bill

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Governor Neil Abercrombie signed historic legislation into law that created a permanent wilderness area on State land in the South Kona region of the Big Island of Hawai’i. SB1154 authored by Hawai’i Island State Senator Gilbert Kahele will ensure the South Kona wilderness area,”rich with cultural, biological, and historical significance, remains in perpetuity for the future generations of Hawai‘i’s people”.

Governor Abercrombie Signs South Kona Wilderness

Governor Abercrombie Signs South Kona Wilderness

The legislation provides a mechanism to address both the community’s interests in utilizing the area for recreational purposes and protecting the vast amounts of archaeological sites, native plants, and native animals that exist in the preserve.The lands included in the wilderness reserve area are at Honomalino and Okoe from the shoreline to 6000 feet inland and the Manuka Natural Area Reserve boundary extended to the shoreline at Manuka and Kalanamauna. The bill will prevent sub-divison of the State owned land and will also prevent construction of new homes or structures within 1000 feet of the shoreline. Unlike an earlier bill which was signed by the previous administration into law, SB1154 has no “sunset” clause and will remain a permanent wilderness preserve for future generations.

Governor Abercrombie Signs South Kona Wilderness Bill

As was stated by Senator Kahele at the historic signing,

“The Governor spoke about a new day, during the campaign, and we all know the Sun rises in the East and set’s in the West off the Kona Coast spectacularly, we have seen those sunsets,  there was a similar bill a few years ago that was also signed into law but this one is special…the reason for it is that the sun will never set on the The South Kona Wilderness Area”.

Governor Abercrombie Signs South Kona Wilderness Bill

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