October 11, 2010 – Papaikou, Hawaii
Video by David Corrigan | Voice of Tim Bryan
There was a good turnout for the Hamakua Community Development Plan meeting held in Papaikou on Saturday. The meeting was the first Information Gathering Workshop held since the CDP’s Steering Committee was named, and the focus of the meeting was on rural South Hilo.
Area residents were able to help PBR Hawaii – the planning consultant for the CDP – to identify the area’s assets and challenges, using the many large South Hilo maps on display.
The gathering gave organizers a chance to explain what the process is all about. Hamakua Councilman Dominic Yagong was also present, showing support for the community-based effort.
Also on the agenda: an informational presentation on the hot button issue of public access. It was of particular interest in Papaikou, where legalities surrounding shoreline access have stirred public outcry in recent months. Many residents specifically mentioned the privately owned gate that restricts the trail leading to the beach at Papaikou Mill.
However, positive stories of public access were also mentioned. The use of the scenic Hakalau Mill served to illustrate what can happen when the community works together on an access issue. Bradda Skibs and members of his pakalove crew were in attendance on Saturday. The goup continues to maintain the popular beach park on a weekly basis.
If you missed the meeting, or if you would like to know where and when the next meeting will be held, visit “www.hamakuacdp.info”