The Trust for Public Land transferred ownership of Pōhue Bay to the National Park Service, making the 16,451 acres of land part of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. The terrain area will now be maintained and protected by the NPS.
“Aloha ‘āina begins with our commitment to preserving the precious natural and cultural systems of our islands,” said Lea Hong, associate vice president and state director for the Hawaiian Islands at the Trust for Public Land.
in a statement shared by the NPS. “We are grateful to the National Park Service for stewarding the area with the support of the community, ensuring that the history, culture and natural beauty of this place is protected for future generations.”
The terrain stretches from the Māmalahoa Highway, also known as the Hawai’i Belt Road, to the shore in the southern part of the Big Island. In addition to transferring Pōhue Bay and surrounding land to the NPS, the Trust for Public Land also donated $800,000 to Friends of Volcanoes National Park. The money will be used to take care of Pōhue Bay.
In recent years, there has been talk of developing resorts on the land surrounding Pōhue Bay, but community members have rejected this suggestion. Now managed by the NPS, cultural sites and federally protected wildlife in the area will be conserved and maintained within the park system.
“Pōhue is an incredibly valuable and culturally significant landscape that needs to be protected. We actively seek community input to better understand the natural and cultural resources of the area,” said Rhonda Loh, superintendent of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. . Release.
The area will be closed to the public until plans to ensure the protection of the 16,451 acres and everything within it are finalized.