Public input sought on places that should be preserved and protected

The public is invited to share their ideas at community meetings regarding places on Kaua’i that they feel should be preserved and protected.

The Open Space Commission public outreach meetings will be held at the following dates and times in conjunction with community association meetings:

             Sept. 14, 7 p.m. – Kekaha Neighborhood Center (Kekaha Community Association)

             Sept. 22, 6 p.m. – Hanapēpē Library (Hanapēpē-‘Ele‘ele Community Association)

             Sept. 26, 2 p.m.– Kapa‘a Library (Wailua-Kapa‘a Neighborhood Association)

             Oct. 6, 7 p.m.– Kīlauea Neighborhood Center (Kīlauea Neighborhood Association)

The public also has the opportunity to participate in the Open Space Commission’s biennial survey, which can be accessed and completed online at

Ideas expressed in the survey will be taken into consideration and may be incorporated in the Commission’s biennial recommendations to the County Council on which sites should be acquired using the Open Space Fund.

Paper copies of the survey are available at any public library or at the Planning Department.

Completed surveys will be accepted via the following ways:

             Emailed to

             Dropped off or mailed to the County of Kaua‘i, Planning Department, Open Space Commission, 4444 Rice Street, Suite 473A, Līhu’e, HI 96766.

             Faxed to the Planning Department at 241-6699.

Public testimony is also welcomed at the commission’s meetings, which are normally held on the secondThursday of each month at the Līhu‘e Civic Center, Mo’ikeha Building, Room 2A/B.

To qualify for purchase or acquisition using the Open Space Fund, sites suggested must meet at least one of the following purposes:

•             Outdoor recreation/education, including access to beaches and mountains.

•             Preservation of historically or culturally important lands and sites.

•             Protection of significant habitats or ecosystems, including buffer zones.

•             Preservation of forests, beaches, coastal areas and agricultural lands.

•             Protection of watershed lands to preserve water quality and water supply.

•             Conservation of land in order to reduce erosion, floods, landslides and runoff.

•             Improve public access to, and enjoyment of, public land.

•             Acquire public access to public land and open space.

•             Conserving land for open space and scenic values.

The Open Space Commission was created in 2003 by the County Council following an overwhelming vote by Kaua‘i residents to establish the Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources Preservation Fund in the 2002 elections.

Currently, the fund receives one-half of one percent of the county’s annual real property tax revenues.

For more information, please contact the Planning Department at 241-4050.

If you need an ASL Interpreter, materials in an alternate format, or other auxiliary aid support, please contact Nani Sadora at 241-4050 or at least seven days before the meeting.