DLNR Holds Public Scoping Meeting for Proposed Public Shooting Range Near Waikoloa

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will hold a public scoping meeting for a proposed public shooting range at Pu‘u Anahulu, in the North Kona district of the island of Hawai‘i. The informational meeting will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, at the West Hawai‘i Civic Center’s Community Meeting Hale at 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway in Kailua-Kona.

“DLNR supports the need for a safe and regulated public shooting range for hunter education and practice. We are initiating a master plan process and associated environmental assessment for a public shooting range in the ahupua‘a of Pu‘u Anahulu,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR Chairperson. “This scoping meeting is to help us gain input about issues that are important to the public, in advance of future range design and the environmental assessment process.”

Funding for a master plan and environmental assessment has been secured through the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act (Pittman-Robertson Act).

The project site is comprised of one square mile (approximately 640 acres) within TMK (3) 7-1-003:001 located within the Pu‘u Anahulu Game Management area and mauka of Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway.

The site is located immediately adjacent to the West Hawai‘i sanitary landfill.

Range elements are anticipated to include public rifle, pistol, bow hunting/archery, sporting clays, skeet, trap and airgun ranges that conform to safety requirements and are consistent with and meet the niches for recreational hunting and shooting sports. Supporting facilities are expected to include structures to house management and operations, as well as a hunter education center, restrooms, picnic areas and parking.

For more information about the project or public scoping meeting, contact Catie Cullison at PBR Hawaii & Associates, Inc. at (808) 521-5631 or ccullison@pbrhawaii.com.

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