Honomu Mill effort stalls, three years later
Part 3 in a 5 part series
by David Corrigan & Peter Serafin
HONOMU, Hawaii:Akaka Falls is widely considered to be the driving force behind Honomu’s tourism economy, but the potential that sits downstream is often overlooked.
In 2009, we caught up with the Pakalove crew – headed up by Kieth “Brudda Skibs” Nehls – here at the old Honomu Mill… as they chopped… cut… and cleared the way down the slope to the abandoned relics of the sugar industry … to the quiet shores of Honomu Mill beach.
Nehls is already known for spearheading efforts to bring Honolii Beach Park back to life. The accomplishment of his crew at Pohoiki and Hakalau are no less legendary. The Honomu site would be the largest restoration effort yet; many of the historic sugar plantation structures still remain, melded over the years with the twisting roots of trees and vines. There was even talk creating a Suger Industry History Museum on the property, which is privatley owned.
Two years later, the effort seems to have stalled.
Next, we’ve covered the tourist attractions – existing AND potential – on the outskirts of town… now, what do Honomu shopowners have to day?
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MORE INFO: Hawaii County: Hamakua CDP