Koloa Scenic Byways Application Accepted
KOLOA, from Ted Kawahinehelelani Blake: Dave Zevebergen from the State DOT called on May 16, 2011 with the official word that Hui Malama o Koloa's application for the Holo Holo Koloa Scenic Byway has been accepted for nomination as a designated Hawaii Scenic Byway. The call came a few hours before Malama o Koloa made a Holo Holo Koloa Scenic Byway presentation to the OHA trustees who held their Kauai meeting at King Kaumuali`i Middle School.
We are elated with the news and will now form our Corridor Management Plan team with members from government, business, tourism, development and landowners and the community to join our effort, a requirement for the State designation.
On June 15, 2011 at the Koloa Neighborhood Center, Rob Balmes from the America’s byways resource center and two or three others from the National resource agnecy conducted a four-hour seminar to help us through the Corridor Management Plan and the process. Great opportunity for us. We are fortunate to get this kind of attention, support and help.
I will follow this with more pertinent information after I receive a hard copy of the nomination acceptance letter.
Hapa Trail is a two-mile long roadway that directly links Koloa town to the Poipu Beach area. It was basically abondonded when Poipu Road was developed in the 1950s. Hapa Trail has been identified as a highly desired pedestrian / bicycle path to connect these two communities and the residences in-between, but actual improvements to the Trail (other than Koloa Community Association's periodic mowing and keeping the cactus and haole koa cut back) have yet to be made.
Updated information on the Hapa Trail project is posted at the Hapa Trail web site.
E-mail from: Marty Kuala, Koloa Community Association, sent September 30, 2009
Subject: a victory for Hapa Trail
Aloha Hapa Trail supporters,
In February Goodfellow Brothers plowed through a portion of Hapa Trail while grubbing at the Village at Poipu project. They were cited by the County and the State and plead guilty. Yesterday, in the court of Judge Trudy Senda they were fined 2,200 cubic yards of pohaku which will be used to restore the Hapa Trail walls.
Together with the 2,000 linear feet Knudsen Trust must provide, this should be enough pohaku to restore both sides of the trail all the way to St Raphael's Church, as they were in 1975. We all owe a debt of gratitude to our County Prosecutor, Shaylene Iseri-Carvalho for her diligence and hard work on behalf of Kaua`i's citizens.The pohaku will be stored on the site of Honu Group's prosective shopping center, thanks to Mona Abadir.
It is a small but important victory in a long battle. Your support is appreciated and very much needed............Mahalo