Kalau­papa Na­tional Park plan to be re­leased

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A gen­eral man­age­ment plan and en­vi­ron­men­tal assess­ment for Kalau­papa Na­tional His­tor­i­cal Park will be re­leased for a 30-day re­view pe­riod on Thurs­day, the Na­tional Park Ser­vice an­nounced.

The plan and en­vi­ron­men­tal assess­ment pro­vide “broad guid­ance for the man­age­ment of the park over the next 15 years and be­yond,” park of­fi­cials said in the an­nounce­ment. “The re­main­ing res­i­dent-pa­tients life­style and rules would not change in the short term.”

In the long term, the plan out­lines sev­eral ac­tions, in­clud­ing:

≤ “Malama i ka aina,” or care or the land and wa­ters, in a way that “shows re­spect for the penin­sula’s peo­ple, sto­ries and way of life and is done in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the park’s many part­ners.”

≤ Con­tinue the trans­fer of state Depart­ment of Health re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to the Na­tional Park Ser­vice.

≤ Over­all man­age­ment of vis­i­tor ac­cess, ac­tiv­i­ties and re­sources to be as­sumed by the park ser­vice in con­sul­ta­tion with state agen­cies.

≤ Al­low for changes to vis­i­tor reg­u­la­tions, in­clud­ing al­low­ing chil­dren to visit Kalau­papa with adult su­per­vi­sion and re­mov­ing the 100 per­son per day cap while con­tin­u­ing to limit the num­ber of vis­i­tors through new mech­a­nisms.

In 2015, the park ser­vice re­leased a draft man­age­ment plan and en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact state­ment for Kalau­papa. And, af­ter con­sid­er­a­tion of com­ments and changes to the plan, the park ser­vice de­ter­mined that a full en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact state­ment is no longer needed. Now, of­fi­cials have a re­vised plan and en­vi­ron­men­tal assess­ment.

“We truly ap­pre­ci­ate the car­ing peo­ple who have par­tic­i­pated through­out the en­tire gen­eral man­age­ment plan­ning process,” said Erika Stein Es­pan­iola, su­per­in­ten­dent of Kalau­papa Na­tional His­tor­i­cal Park. “This re­vised plan ex­presses our shared vi­sion and is re­spon­sive to pub­lic feed­back.”

For in­for­ma­tion about the 30-day pub­lic re­view pe­riod, visit park­plan­ning.nps.gov/ kalagmp. On Thurs­day, the gen­eral man­age­ment plan and en­vi­ron­men­tal assess­ment will be avail­able for down­load. Com­ments will be ac­cepted on the project web­site.

Kalau­papa was des­ig­nated as a unit of the Na­tional Park Sys­tem on Dec. 22, 1990. The park honors the moolelo, or story, of the his­tory of the iso­lated Hansen’s dis­ease com­mu­nity on the Molokai penin­sula by pre­serv­ing and in­ter­pret­ing its site and val­ues.

The his­tor­i­cal park also tells the story of the Hawai­ian cul­ture and tra­di­tions that go back at least 900 years at Kalau­papa.

The park’s bound­aries en­com­pass 8,725 acres, al­though only a small part of the park is owned by the Na­tional Park Ser­vice. The re­main­der is owned by the state of Hawaii and a pri­vate landowner.

To learn more, www.nps.gov/kala. visit

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