By David Corrigan and Stephanie Salazar
KIHOLO, Hawaii: The Department of Land and Natural Resource Division of State Parks is looking for land board approval to designate interim shoreline campsites at Kiholo State Park Reserve…
Kiholo is currently undergoing an intensive cleanup, as the reserve prepares for a more restricted and managed access policy.
Officials are working on a Master Plan for Kiholo, but in the meantime, an interim camping action plan has been drawn up. By mid-November, permitted camping in only the newly designated areas will be allowed.
As a part of its application, the State Parks Division has illustrated the exact locations of the temporary camp sites.
The camp sites are pre-existing. Officials say the maximum authorized number of folks allowed to camp under the interim action will be 80 people per night. Additional portable toilets will be brought in to accommodate the campers.
Officials and consultants say that in recent years, uncontrolled public recreational use of the park has escalated and become problematic.
It is also being recommended that the board delegate the authority to the Chairperson to designate all Division of State Park campsites in the future.