KEALAKEHE, Hawaii – The contentious grant of easement proposed by Kohala Kai, LLC to the county for public access purposes is on Tuesday’s finance committee agenda, but no decision is expected.
The community is worried that another, older pathway located on the property that is said to be the historic Ala Loa trail could be lost to development.
The Finance Committee has already discussed – and postponed – the measure. Kohala Councilwoman Margaret Wille also held a site visit on the Kohala Kai property with the landowner, National Park Service, and residents of the adjacent Kailapa Hawaiian Homestead.
The current plan before the county council was already approved by the planning department.
According to Wille, the landowner has requested the resolution be postponed until Feb 4th in Hilo. The councilwoman says she will instead propose this agenda item be postponed until the next Kona council committee meeting on Feb 18th.