HILO, Hawaii – The Hawaii County Council held a meeting in Hilo on Friday, and one of the big agenda items was the resolution accepting a public easement on a shoreline trail in the Kohala Kai subdivision.
The development is located along the Kohala Coast, just north of Kawaihae. The resolution drew lots of interest – and heated testimony – because of confusion between the proposed easement, and a different path said to be part of the historic Ala Loa trail.
The whole thing seemed to be on the right track when the measure was given a positive recommendation in the Finance Committee. But when it went before the full council on Friday, Kohala Councilwoman Margaret Wille had renewed concerns. An apparent agreement to include development restrictions – such as an improvements setback of 10 feet from the Ala Loa trail – in the language of the grant of public easement was transferred to a good faith agreement that’s currently in the works with the National Park Service.
Charlie Anderson of Kohala Kai LLC and his attorney Steve Lim were present for the discussion.
After lengthy discussion, the local lawmakers were assured that the developers intend to preserve the Ala Loa. The council voted to approve the resolution.
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As Kohala Kai’s grant of public access easement continued to toil at the Finance Committee over numerous meetings, Kona resident Chuck Flaherty kept a close watch on the situation, offering his testimony on multiple occasions.