HONOKAA, Hawaii – The state Board of Land and Natural Resources is considering withdrawing 238 acres from the Hamakua Forest Reserve surrounding Camp Honokaia. The decision is on the agenda for the April 25 meeting in Honolulu.
From the submittal document:
BACKGROUND AND DISCUSSION:
Hamakua Forest Reserve
Background: Tax map key (TMK) (3) 4-6-01 1:040 which is approximately 238 acres (Exhibit B), was included in Governor’s Proclamation dated December 22, 1928, that established Hamakua Forest Reserve. On April 15, 1966, The State of Hawai‘i issued The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) a long term general lease (GL-4102) for TMK (3) 4-6-011:040, which was developed into an educational and recreational area called Camp Honokaia.
In 2004, the parcel was the subject of a land exchange between the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and the BSA involving private land in Waikele, O‘ahu, for public lands located on the islands of O‘ahu, Kaua‘i, and Hawai‘i. After review and approval by the Department of the Attorney General, a land exchange was executed by the Governor and all appropriate parties and recorded in the Bureau of Conveyances on April 8, 2004.
Discussion: Given that the land exchange between the BSA and the State of Hawaii has been completed, the Division seeks to formally withdraw TMK (3) 4-6-011:040 which is no longer State land, from the Hamakua Forest Reserve. The BSA has no objections to this removal of lands from the Hamakua Forest Reserve.