Maunalua-Makapu‘u Scenic Byway Update
Aloha Maunalua-Makapu‘u Scenic Byway supporters,
After a summer focusing on the successful Ka Iwi Mauka fundraiser, it’s time to reassemble our group to complete the corridor management plan and to set the course for the future.
One of the main objectives of the byway project was to draw attention to how valuable it is for all of Oahu to have an unobstructed and undeveloped view plane along the Ka Iwi Coast. Community contributions exceeding $650,000 will now ensure that 182 acres of Ka Iwi Mauka land will remain open space forever. Congratulations to The Trust for Public Land and our byway’s sponsor Livable Hawaii Kai Hui/Ka Iwi Coalition for this remarkable achievement.
Following State designation as an official byway in December 2013, we heard very little from the State Department of Transportation, and our byway signs seemed to be on perpetual hold. Finally, the State byways coordinator re-surfaced in mid-September to announce his retirement on Sept. 30, and our signs were put in place the first week of October.
To relaunch our community group, please plan on attending the following event and meetings:
Celebration of Maunalua-Makapu‘u Scenic Byway Markers
with cultural practitioner Kaleo Paik
Saturday, December 5, 2015• First, gather around the byway sign near Makai Pier at 4:30 p.m.• Second, proceed along the byway to Maunalua Bay and gather at the sign near Hawaii Kai Drive by 5:30 p.m.• Following the dedications, we can enjoy the sunset over Maunalua Bay at 5:49 p.m.
As 2016 rolls in, it will be time to get back to work with our monthly planning meetings with the aim of completing our corridor management plan within six months. Our first two meetings will be:
Maunalua-Makapu‘u Scenic Byway Committee Meetings
Mariners Cove Bay Club6:00 to 8:30 p.m.• Tuesday, January 5, 2016, and• Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Mahalo to all of you who assisted in getting our byway officially established, and also to those of you who participated in the Ka Iwi Mauka fundraising. These two projects are closely related and neither are possible without continuing community support.
More information will follow in the weeks ahead to remind you of these events and meetings, and to provide links to the already completed byway materials that you might like to review.