‘Megalops’ Land on Kauai Beaches

On Friday May 29, Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) on Kauai got reports of thousands of tiny crab like creatures washed up along the south and west shoreline.

PC: DLNR Facebook page

These creatures are called “megalops” and are the larval stage of crabs. Once crabs hatch from their eggs, they float in the open ocean for a while, transitioning through larval stages, until they are large enough to settle onto the ocean floor.

PC: DLNR Facebook page

What likely happened was that there was a large recruitment of crabs that happened to get caught in a strong current that brought them to shore. It doesn’t happen very often, but it is not unnatural. A similar event happened in Oahu in 2017.

PC: DLNR Facebook page

These crabs will provide a nice meal for the birds.

Two Arrested for Illegal Harvest of Hundreds of ‘Opihi

Two men from O‘ahu’s North Shore were cited yesterday by officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE), after they were allegedly caught picking ‘opihi in the Pūpūkea Marine Life Conservation District (MLCD). It is illegal to remove any marine life from an MLCD.


53-year-old Raymond Agsalda of Waialua and 53-year-old Ronsin Rosa of Hale‘iwa had 784 ‘opihi in their possession when contacted by DOCARE officers. Hawai‘i Administrative Rules prohibit any fishing, catching, killing, removal, or possession of any sea life, including live coral or rock from the MLCD. The only exception is in-season fishing at Waimea Bay, which has species restrictions and bag limits. 


The men are charged with a petty misdemeanor and if convicted could be fined or face jail time. Anyone who sees possible illegal activity or resource violations is asked to report it immediately to 643-DLNR (3567) or via the free DLNRTipApp.

Gov. Ige Appoints Robert K. Masuda to First Deputy Position at the Department of Land and Natural Resources  

Gov. David Y. Ige has appointed Robert K. Masuda as First Deputy Director of the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) effective August 4, 2017.

Robert K. Masuda

In his new role, Masuda will help manage, develop, oversee and implement initiatives, programs, and policies for DLNR’s eleven divisions, including DLNR’s implementation of Gov. Ige’s Sustainable Hawaiʻi Initiative.

Masuda previously served as DLNR First Deputy Director from May 2005-May 2007. He led DLNR’s efforts during two critical natural disasters and was the department’s representative for numerous interagency working groups. Masuda has more than 55 years of experience as an executive leader including top roles with the YMCA and the City and County of Honolulu.

“Bob is the right leader for the right time,” commented Gov. Ige. “As second-in-command of DLNR, one of the key agencies developing sustainability and environmental leadership initiatives, I couldn’t be more pleased to have someone of Bob’s experience and dedication on board.”

DLNR Chair Suzanne Case said, “Bob is well known across the state as an inspirational leader with a passion for natural and cultural resource protection and education, and forestry and marine life sustainability. He knows DLNR well. We are fortunate and appreciative that Bob is willing to serve Hawaiʻi in this capacity.”

Since 2007 Masuda has served as Senior Advisory for Special Programs Development at the USDA’s U.S. Forest Service’ Institute for Pacific Islands Forestry. In this role he advised, consulted and assisted management and scientists with a variety of programs and projects related to inter-agency cooperation on multiple government levels.
“I’m honored to be returning to DLNR and happy to help continue its mission of protecting and perpetuating the natural and cultural resources of Hawai‘i,” said Masuda. “I believe my work on the local, national and international levels is very much in alignment with the governor’s and Chair Case’s vision for how we work through and improve upon the monumental tasks DLNR is responsible for. I’m excited to re-engage with many of my former DLNR colleagues and look forward to working with new co-workers who share my passion for protecting what makes Hawaiʻi such a special place.”

Mr. Masuda holds a B.S. in Applied Behavioral Science & Group Work Education from George Williams College, and an Executive M.B.A. from the University of Hawai‘i.

Masuda’s appointment is subject to Senate confirmation during the next legislative session.

HTA Grant Enables Restoration of 3 Anchialine Pools Within Kekaha Kai State Park

Volunteers are invited to participate in a community workday and free fun activities to help restore the natural ecosystem of three anchialine pools in the Mahai‘ula section of Kekaha Kai State Park on Saturday, July 29. A beach cleanup is also part of the day’s events.

Showing two photographs of the current condition of the pool that is location of restoration work on Saturday, as well as a photograph of what the pool looked like in the 1990s before the tsunami.

The restoration project will involve removing the non-native plant and fish species, built-up sediment, and sand that was deposited as a result of the 2011 tsunami in a portion of the large pool/fishpond located at Ka‘elehuluhulu Beach in the Mahai‘ula section of the park.

The day will feature the first on-site work that has taken place as part of the anchialine pool restoration project made possible by an HTA grant. The work day represents the culmination of two years of planning and preparation for this project

Its purpose is to restore the anchialine pool ecosystems so that the native red shrimp (‘opae‘ula) can return to the anchialine pools. Guppies and sediment are currently preventing the opae’ula from living in the pools.

The DLNR Division of State Parks was awarded a $10,000 grant by the HTA Natural Resources Program grant that is administered by the Hawai‘i Community Foundation. The funding will be used to purchase equipment and supplies for the restoration project. Grant money will also be used to develop educational materials related to the anchialine pools so that they can be used to teach school groups about the pools while on field trips to the park.

Future community work days like the one on Saturday will be scheduled.  Division of State Parks also plans to partner with a few local schools to teach students about anchialine pools and get them involved in the restoration efforts

Schedule for the day and directions:

  • 7:30 to 8 a.m. – sign-in with morning coffee courtesy Kona Coffee and Tea
  • 8 to 9 a.m. – morning beach yoga with Alyssa from Soul Shape Yoga
  • 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. – anchialine pool restoration work
  • 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. – potluck lunch – bring a dish to share
  • 12:30 to 3 p.m. – beach cleanup with Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund and Slackline fun with Jesse from SlackHi

Directions: take the road to Mahai‘ula section of Kekaha Kai State Park to the parking lot at the very end of the road. Bring water and reef-safe sunscreen. Gloves and equipment will be provided. Please bring a refillable water bottle, potluck dish and beach chair.

Mahalo for support from:  Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund, Soul Shape Yoga, Hawai‘i Kombucha, Kona Coffee & Tea, and Slackline fun.

For more information call Dena Sedar, Division of State Parks at (808) 209-0977.

DLNR Issues Notice of Alleged Violations to Simon Valej of Hang Loose Boat Tours

The Department of Land and Natural Resources has issued a Notice of Alleged Violations to Simon Valej of Hang Loose Boat Tours for Alleged Unauthorized Alteration of Historic Properties and Unauthorized Land Use Within the Conservation District Located at Punalu‘u Wharf, Ka‘u, Hawai‘i.

A site inspection conducted on June 26, 2017, revealed remnants of the historic Punalu‘u Wharf have been impacted allegedly with heavy equipment, and significant ground disturbance has occurred with the State Land Use Conservation District.

State of Hawai‘i historic preservation laws state that it is a civil and administrative violation for any person to take, appropriate, excavate, injure, destroy, or alter any historic property or burial site during the course of land development or land alteration activities, without obtaining the required approvals; and State of Hawai‘i Administrative Rules for land use(s) within the State Land Use Conservation District state that no land use (s) shall be conducted in a Conservation District unless a permit or approval is first obtained from the DLNR or the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR). It is alleged that Mr. Valej failed to obtain any such approvals from the State.

For historic preservation violations, the statute states: Any person who violates this section shall be fined not more than $10,000 for each separate violation. If the violator directly or indirectly has caused the loss of, or damage to, any historic property or burial site, the violator shall be fined an additional amount determined by the court or an administrative adjudicative authority to be equivalent to the value of the lost or damaged historic property or burial site. Each day of continued violation of this provision shall constitute a distinct and separate violation for which the violator may be punished. Equipment used by a violator for the taking, appropriation, excavation, injury, destruction, or alteration of any historic property or burial site, shall be subject to seizure and disposition by the State without compensation to its owner or owners.

For violations of Land Use Conservation District administrative rules: the BLNR may subject individuals to fines of up to $15,000.00 per violation in addition to administrative costs. If activity continues after written or verbal notice from the DLNR, willful violation may incur an additional fine of up to $15,000.00 per day per violation for each day in which the violation persists.

In the Notice of Alleged Violations sent to Mr. Valej, DLNR Chair Suzanne Case writes, “This notice is to inform you that the alleged alteration and destruction of historic properties, and permanent change in the land area within the Conservation District created by the land use was not reviewed nor authorized by the Department of Land and Natural Resources. The matter will be scheduled for a decision by the Board of Land and Natural Resources at a time and date to be announced.”

DLNR is working with Hawai‘i County to further investigate allegations that the company left two piles of dirt on the shore after trying to excavate land for a launch. It is also attempting to work with the land owner on mitigation measures with respect to potential impacts in the ocean.

Hang Loose Boat Tours has a valid commercial use permit (CUP) from the DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR). Its access permit from the private land owner was revoked, so unless the company can show it has another access point, which is required for the commercial use permit, DOBOR could ask the Land Board to revoke it.

Hawaii DLNR Responding to Changing Hurricane Lester Forecasts

The Department of Land and Natural Resources is responding to changing forecasts for Hurricane Lester by issuing the following update on area closures:


Division of State Parks camping and lodging announcement for September 2 through 5 – Labor Day Weekend:

All State Parks will remain open for Labor Day weekend – unless any changes in storm behavior indicate a need for closure

Hawai‘i island: Camping and overnight lodging facilities are now re-opened.

Maui: Camping and lodging facilities remain closed.

O‘ahu: Due to the current variable in storm conditions resulting in the Hurricane Watch still in effect as of Friday, September 2, camping areas remain closed Friday night.

Kaua‘i: Camping facilities are open

However, if storm warnings are lifted either Friday night or early Saturday morning, email notifications will be sent out to the approximately 85 O‘ahu camping permittees  to notify them that their camping permits will allow them to camp starting September 3, Saturday night.

Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW):

Hawai‘i Island:

All forest reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, natural area reserves and Na Ala Hele hiking trails are reopened.  DOFAW campgrounds will remain closed through the weekend.  The Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Hunt for Labor Day weekend has been rescheduled for September 24-25, 2016. For further information, contact the Kamuela DOFAW office at (808) 887-6063.


All forest reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, natural area reserves and Na Ala Hele hiking trails remain closed. There will be a makeup Lana‘i mouflon sheep rifle hunt on October 29-30, 2016 for those hunters impacted by this cancellation. For further information, contact the Maui DOFAW office at (808) 984-8100.


All forest reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, natural area reserves and Na Ala Hele hiking trails remain open.


All forest reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, natural area reserves and Na Ala Hele hiking trails remain open.

DLNR is asking for the public’s cooperation with these area closures as the storm approaches.

Additional announcements may follow over the weekend, and updates will be provided to news media and on the department’s website.

People are advised to avoid forested and coastal areas due to potential for rising streams, flash flooding, falling trees or high surf as well as ocean water surging and sweeping across beaches and rocky coastal benches and lava flows.  High surf may create the potential for impacts to coastal properties and infrastructure, including roadways.  Powerful longshore and rip currents will be present at most beaches.

Hawai‘i’s Legacy Land Conservation Program Seeks Applicants For Conservation Acquisition Funds

The Department of Land and Natural Resources’ (DLNR) Legacy Land Conservation Program is seeking applicants for grants from the State Land Conservation Fund to support the protection, through acquisition, of lands having value as a resource to the State of Hawai‘i.


The Legacy Land Conservation Program provides an annual source of funding for the acquisition and conservation of watersheds; coastal areas, beaches, and ocean access; habitat protection; cultural and historic sites; recreational and public hunting areas; parks; natural areas; agricultural production; and open spaces and scenic resources.

State agencies, county agencies, and nonprofit land conservation organizations may apply. Proposed projects may include acquisition of fee title or conservation easements. County agencies and nonprofit project applicants must be able to provide at least 25 percent of the total project costs.

“Legacy Land funds protect natural, cultural and agricultural resources that are at a risk of being lost when lands with these resources are sold or developed,” said DLNR Chairperson William J. Aila, Jr. “Conservation agencies and nonprofit organizations can use these funds to buy lands in order to manage the resources, or purchase a conservation easement on the property to ensure the landowner will always protect those resources.

“The program brings federal matching funds to Hawai‘i and helps local agencies and organizations hurdle the high costs of land in order to protect watersheds, agricultural lands, cultural resources and recreational areas that provide benefits to the public.”

The 2014-2015 grant program may provide up to $4.5 million in grants, awarded through a competitive process and subject to any budget restrictions. Funds are from the state’s land conveyance tax; 10 percent of these funds are set aside annually for the purpose of acquiring lands to protect Hawai‘i’s unique and valuable resources. Since its inception in 2006, the Legacy Land Conservation Program has awarded funds for the protection of over 20,000 acres of lands having natural, cultural, and agricultural resource value, leveraging about two matching federal, private and county dollars for every state dollar spent.

Project applications will be reviewed by the Legacy Land Conservation Commission, which will nominate projects for funding. Projects are subject to the approval of the Board of Land and Natural Resources, consultation with the Senate President and Speaker of the House, review by the Attorney General, and the approval of the Governor. Final awards are subject to the availability of funds.

Starting June 1, 2014, the forms and instructions for the 2014-2015 grant cycle will be available at http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/ecosystems/llcp/apply/. In order to be considered for funding, applicants must submit Agency Consultation Forms by July 1, 2014. Grant applications must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. Sept.15, 2014.

For more information on the Legacy Land Conservation Program, visit
http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/ecosystems/llcp or call (808) 586-0921.

Free Carcasses: 4-Wheel Drive Vehicles Required

DLNR PLANS ANIMAL CONTROL ACTIVITIES IN PALILA HABITAT, Temporary closures set for Mauna Kea Forest Reserve, palila mitigation lands, and Kaohe Game Management Area

The Department of Land and Natural Resources’ (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) will conduct animal control activities specifically for trapping mouflon/feral sheep hybrids; staff hunting, and/or aerial shooting from helicopters for feral goats, feral sheep, mouflon and mouflon/feral sheep hybrids within palila critical habitat in the Mauna Kea Forest Reserve (Unit A), palila mitigation lands, and the Ka’ohe Game Management Area (Unit G) on the island of Hawai’i.

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Aerial shooting is required for compliance with the federal court order mandating the removal of sheep and goats from critical habitat for palila, a bird endemic to Hawai’i.

Control schedules are January 22 and 23, 2014; February 5 and 6; 2014 and March 19 and 20, 2014.

Public access to Mauna Kea Forest Reserve, palila mitigation lands, the Ka’ohe Game Management Area and Mauna Kea Hunter Access Road will be restricted and allowed BY PERMIT ONLY for animal salvage purposes on the following dates:

7 a.m. January 22, February 5, and March 19, 2014
6 a.m. January 23, February 6, and March 20, 2014

These actions are pursuant to Hawai’i Administrative Rules Chapters 13-130-19 and 13-104-23(a) (3). The Mauna Kea Observatory Road will remain open.

The temporary closure is needed to minimize the dangers of incompatible uses in the forest area and safely conduct animal control activities. To implement the closure, both the Hale Pohaku and Kilohana gated entrances to Unit A and G and the gate behind Mauna Kea State Recreation Area will be locked/reopened as follows:

Locked 7 p.m. January 21, 2014, and reopened 7 p.m. January 23, 2014
Locked 7 p.m. February 4, 2014, and reopened 7 p.m. February 6, 2014
Locked 7 p.m., March 18, 2014, and reopened 7 p.m. March 20, 2014

Copies of the map illustrating the area subject to aerial shooting on these dates are available for inspection at the Division of Forestry and Wildlife Office.

Due to high public participation, telephone call-ins to the DOFAW Kamuela Office at (808) 887-6063 for receiving salvage permits will be conducted up to 10 a.m. the day before each shoot day. One permit will be issued per call per vehicle for one day only.

Applicants can have their names added to a stand-by list for additional days, should all slots not be filled by other applicants. No standbys waiting at the gates will be allowed access. The driver, occupants, vehicle license plate, and make/model of vehicle are needed when calling in.

A maximum of 15 permitted vehicles will be allowed at the Pu‘u Ko‘ohi location and 10 permitted vehicles at the Kaluamakani location.

Carcasses taken during the shoot will be available to the permitted public for salvage at the following locations (4-wheel drive vehicle are required, and access permits will be issued). There is no guarantee that animals will be able to be salvaged.

The following meat salvage locations are subject to change:

  • On January 22, February 5, and March 19, 2014, at Pu’u Ko’ohi. Permittees must meet at Mauna Kea State Park at 7 a.m. sharp.
  • On January 23, February 6, and March 20, 2014, at Kaluamakani. Permittees must meet across from the Waimea Veterinary office on Mana Road at 6 a.m. sharp.

Contact the Division of Forestry and Wildlife in Hilo at (808) 974-4221 or in Kamuela at (808) 887-6063 for additional details regarding meat salvage or access permits.

DLNR To Consider Exchange Of Lands On Haleakala For Public Access

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) has proposed an agreement that that it believes will avoid costly litigation, ensure public access to a hiking trail, and create a new access route to two large forest reserves on the leeward slope of Haleakala.

Haleakala Crater

Haleakala Crater

For more than 10 years, a disagreement, and now a lawsuit, has continued concerning the ownership of, and public access to, an obscure trail crossing privately owned lands of Haleakala Ranch. Now, in an effort to find a resolution to the issue and seek a compromise that would serve the public benefit, the state and Haleakala Ranch are considering a land exchange agreement that will provide the greatest public benefit.

Under the agreement, the state would relinquish title to the Haleakala Bridle Trail but maintain a binding, perpetual agreement for public access to the trail. In exchange, the state would receive a perpetual easement for a new access route to its Kahikinui Forest Reserve and Na Kula Natural Area Reserve.

The reserves, located on the upper slopes of leeward Haleakala, comprise more than 3,500 acres of outstanding opportunities for back country hiking, hunting, camping, and nature experience, and are important sites for several department initiatives, including watershed restoration and recovery of endangered species, such as the Maui Parrotbill.

The department is seeking approval from the Board of Land and Natural Resources on Friday to proceed with scoping and studies necessary for the proposed exchange but will not proceed further with the exchange without returning to the Board for approval. In addition, under state law, any such proposed land exchange would also require consideration and approval by the state legislature.

“We are considering this proposed land agreement because our initial analysis indicates that it may be the solution with the best public benefit. The public would still have access to the Haleakala Trail but would also gain access to thousands of acres of reserves on leeward Haleakala that provide exciting recreational opportunities,” said William Aila, Chairperson of the Board of Land and Natural Resources.

Hawaii is unique among the states in that is has a law that can ensure public ownership of certain trails if it can be determined that those trails were in existence at the time of the original law signed by Queen Lili’uokalani in 1892, or if other criteria are met. In practice, however, determining whether a particular trail meets the requirements under the law can be technically and legally challenging, requiring extensive research, documentation, and in some cases, litigation.

A purported historic route to the summit of Haleakala represents such a case. While public access advocates have claimed that the historic trail, known as the Bridle Trail or Haleakala Trail, falls under the state law, the landowner has vigorously disagreed. As a result, the access advocates have sued and the case is pending in court.

Conditional to the agreement would be requirements that all natural, cultural, and historic features of the Haleakala are identified, protected, and preserved, that the public must continue to have guided public access to the Haleakala trail in perpetuity at a level that is reasonably consistent with the public demand, and that the department has full management authority over the leeward access route.

By securing access to the Haleakala Trail and gaining new access to the leeward reserves, the proposed exchange represents the best outcome for the public benefit and will avoid a costly lawsuit with an unknown outcome that could result in the loss of access to both sites.

DLNR Closes Big Island Trails As Tropical Storm Flossie Nears

Due to the expected impacts of Tropical Storm Flossie, the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry and Wildlife on the island of Hawaii is closing the Waimanu trail and campground, Pololu trail, and the Ainapo trail and cabin effective immediately.


High winds and heavy rains are expected to be associated with the storm system, and public safety concerns are warranted. This closure will stay in effect until staff can inspect the condition and safety of the trails once the storm system has passed.
For further information contact the  DOFAW Hilo Office (808)974-4221.

DLNR is also advising the public to avoid entering forest areas on all islands, starting on Monday as tropical storm Flossie arrives in the Hawaiian islands.

Forecasts of sustained high winds of 35 miles an hour or more, as well as heavy rain can make for hazardous road and trail conditions.

Storm conditions can trap recreationalists by blocking trails and roads from flash floods and falling trees.   Falling rocks, falling trees and landslides pose additional threats to people in the forest reserves.

“We advise that hikers, campers or hunters should avoid trails, streams and back-country areas under these conditions,” said William J. Aila, Jr.,  DLNR chairperson.The public is advised to monitor local news and weather broadcasts for further updates.


High Surf Causes Havoc to Maui Boats – Destroys Three Boats

DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation Lahaina harbor office is working to address removals of three vessels moored off the shore near Mala Wharf which went aground today due to high surf between six to ten feet. Witnesses said the vessels broke loose from their moorings during a large set of five waves. High surf is also forecast for Saturday. No rescues of boaters were required.

1. 30’ fiberglass sailboat “Best Revenge” which broke off its mooring.

The "Best Revenge"

The “Best Revenge”

Staff are working to obtain a bid from a salvage company to remove this vessel.

2. 30’ sailing vessel “Caribou III” which went aground also near Mala rocky shoreline due to high surf.

Caribou Before

Caribou III Before

The vessel had completely broken up by this afternoon.

Caribou After

Caribou III After

Staff are working to contact the vessel’s owner who has insurance and determine a removal plan. A marine salvage company is expected to begin removal work on Saturday, ocean conditions allowing.

3. 38’ trimaran “Triple Play” also aground at the Mala shoreline.

The "Triple Play"

The “Triple Play”

This vessel does not have insurance. Staff are working to obtain a bid for emergency salvage removal of the vessel.


Public Invited to Second DLNR Meeting on Buoy Placement in Hilo Waters

The Department of and Natural Resources (DLNR) is hosting the second of two public meetings to seek input on where day use mooring buoys should be placed in the waters in and around Hilo Bay, as part of a coral mitigation plan for Hilo Harbor that the Army Corps of Engineers permitted for the dredging of the Hilo harbor channel by the state Department of Transportation (DOT).


DLNR is working to implement the mitigation plan, and the meeting will cover the purpose of the day use mooring program, the modified draft list of day use mooring buoy locations, and public feedback to develop a priority ranking for these sites.

The meeting will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, in the Aupuni State Building first floor conference rooms A and B, 75 Aupuni St., Hilo.  A previous meeting was held on April 18, 2013.

To install a series of day use moorings in Hilo, a draft list of appropriate sites will be developed based upon the advice of a core group of fishermen and professionals familiar with the waters off of Hilo.

Boaters, fishers, commercial dive operators and other ocean users who frequent Hilo Bay and especially Blonde Reef, and are interested in preserving this resource, are urged to consider attending.

Previously, the need for day use mooring buoys in the Hilo area was not recognized, primarily because there was no overt request from charter boats for their deployment.

During surveys of Blonde Reef for the artificial reef initially proposed as mitigation for the project, a variety of abandoned anchors was seen littering the bottom and coral cover was much higher than anticipated.  The need for buoys to offset damage from recreational users over this reef is apparent but has not been documented.

Because Hilo Bay has multiple user groups (cruising sailboat moorings, sailing, canoe, paddling, jet skis, free diving, Scuba, and bottom fishing), it is imperative to coordinate the location of day use mooring buoys to serve multiple purposes appropriate with multiple user types.

Applications for Hawaii Island Advisory Council Positions Announced

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, is now accepting applications for vacant seats on the Laupahoehoe Advisory Council (LAC) and the Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Advisory Council (PAC) on Hawai‘i Island.

Laupahoehoe Advisory Council

LAC members are expected and encouraged to provide guidance to DLNR and the USDA Forest Service on issues related to management, research, education and public access in the Hawai‘i Experimental Tropical Forest and state lands in the Hamakua District (Laupahoehoe Natural Area Reserve and Forest Reserve). On the windward side of Hawai‘i Island, this includes 12,300 acres of wet tropical forest in both Forest Reserve land as well as a Natural Area Reserve.

The LAC consists of 14 members with two members representing each of the following categories:

Cultural Resources, Natural Resource Management, Recreation (including hunters), Education, Laupahoehoe Community, Hawai‘i Community at Large, and Scientific Research. Members of the LAC serve a 2- or 3-year term (staggered within each category).

Applicants are now being sought to fill the open scientific research seat. These applicants should have a background in forest ecology or other natural resources related research field and an interest in serving  the Laupahoehoe community as a representative. The LAC meets bi-monthly in Laupahoehoe on Hawai‘i Island from 6 to 8 p.m. on the first Wednesday of odd months.

Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Advisory Council

PAC members are expected and encouraged to provide guidance to DLNR for state lands in North Kona, including the Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Forest Reserve, Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Forest Bird Sanctuary, Kīholo State Park Reserve, and the makai lands of Pu‘u Anahulu. Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a is on the leeward side of Hawai‘i Island on the northern flank of Hualalai and includes tropical dry and wet forests, grasslands and coastal ecosystems, including anchialine ponds. The greater ahupua‘a of Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a is 40, 711 acres of state land and includes the Forest Bird Sanctuary, Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Forest Reserve, and Kīholo State Park Reserve.

The PAC consists of 14 members in the following categories: Natural Resource Specialist and Recreation Use Specialist (three members each, including hunting interests), Hui ‘Ohana mai Pu‘u Anahulu Representative and Grazing Specialist (two members each), Cultural Expert, Neighboring Landowner, Business/Ecotourism Specialist, and Grant Writing Expertise/Coastal Zone Management (one member each).  Members of the PAC serve for a 2- or 3-year term.

Applicants are being sought to fill two positions, one of each in the following categories 1) neighboring landowner, and 2) grazing specialist. All applicants should have an appropriate background in the category area as well as an interest in representing community stakeholders related to their respective categories.

The PAC meets quarterly at Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Forest Reserve in North Kona on Hawai‘i Island.

Individuals who are interested in serving on either the Laupahoehoe or Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Advisory Councils may submit an application. Applications will be reviewed by the Division of Forestry and Wildlife, the Hawai‘i Experimental Tropical Forest working group, and current members of the selected Advisory Council. Final selections are made by the DLNR chairperson.

Applications must be received by May 30, 2012. Application forms including submittal instructions can be found at http://www.hetf.us/page/home/. Hard copy applications are also available at the Hilo DOFAW office.

For more information on either the Laupahoehoe or Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Advisory Councils and the application process, please contact DOFAW Branch Manager Roger Imoto at (808) 974-4221.