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Scenic Byway: Files: Meeting notice -top; road safety hot spots; recap on scenic byway purpose/phase 1 & 2; CMP implementation table draft 1; press release on grant; project description from narrative; stewardship blurb; education foundation


Phase One: The scenic byway committee is a temporary committee drawn from the community according to State membership qualification requirements.  Its sole purpose is to create a Corridor Management Plan (CMP).

The goal is to create a multi-year plan to preserve and protect the intrinsic qualities and significant sites of the byway and to enhance resident and visitor life experiences while ensuring safety.

The CMP is usually a 200 page document providing historical/cultural/ecological context and specific objectives and a prioritized list of projects with timelines and agency/organization/groups responsible.   It does not carry out projects though committee members may decide to pursue projects (like the ahupua’a marking project)  The committee will approve the CMP, hold a public meeting, hold it for review, get community approval and submit to the State for approval.

Phase Two: After the phase 1 scenic byway committee dissolves, a new committee will be formed whose purpose is to foster and monitor the CMP projects and make periodic reports to the State on project progress. Members of the phase 1 committee may or may not wish to continue).  This group might take on other work, for example, relationships with other byways.


Safety Analysis

(from 4 corners)

  • 2-lane straight road with wide shoulders, can be site of speeding
  • ***curve coming to Kua O Ka La, extensive foot car traffic both sides of road (county park and school), shoulders go non-existent
  • new section of Red Road to Pohoiki 2-lane gentle curve wide shoulders
  • slight squeeze through mango trees by grave sites makai
  • curves, some blind, to scenic turnout
  • scenic turnout to Opihikao – major road dips
  • ***Opihikao – junction with Kamaili Rd (overgrown shoulder vegetation can block view of traffic); church/school foot and car traffic; major squeeze point by grandfathered rock wall; entrance road to subdivision, extensive foot traffic and parking near Keiki ponds,  fishing rocks and view points, road narrow, no shoulders, blind curve on hill to Secret Beach with parking and foot traffic at Secret Beach.
  • *** blind curve/hill after mile marker 16 straightaway (speeding on straightaway and coming up hill, fishing access point makai on hill
  • ***scenic turnout to Kehena – foot traffic, fishing access points, narrow shoulders, traffic from Seaview subdivision, blind dip in road, visibility extremely limited at entrance road to Puna Palisades, more foot traffic and cars parked on both sides of road near beach
  • ***Kehena – foot traffic, cars parking at retreat sites, side road junctions.  Coming from Kalapana side, no indication of village ahead
  • ***speeding through Kaimu to junction with 130


  • Parking both sides and foot traffic day and night with events at end of road


CMP Implementation Table

Draft 1 of Objectives and Projects

Objective: to preserve and protect intrinsic qualities and significant sites

  • Stewardship Program with Training
    • Interpretive activities
    • Monitoring
    • Data-sampling
  • Regular Road and Shoreline Clean-up

Objective: to ensure multi-use road safety while maintaining the rural quality of the red road

  • Share the road campaign
  • Healthy walk-bike events/activities
  • Shoulder maintenance
  • Specific Road Concerns: to be determined

Objective: to provide for ocean/cliff safety

  • Information on currents and rogue waves collected and distributed
  • Rescue tubes

Objective: to provide for other safety

  • Catchment testing information
  • Neighborhood resilience plan
  • Formal or informal neighborhood watch plan and notification

Objective: to provide enhanced experience

  • Scenic Turnouts
  • Scenic Bike/walkway
  • ADA entrance into warm pond

Objective: to pursue land acquisition or stewardship

  • Pursue land acquisition directly or through county open space
  • Pursue conservation easements
  • Pursue formal and informal stewardship with State/County/Private

Objective: to restore archeological sites

  • Kalani: agricultural heiau

Objective: Sustainability: to be determined

Objective: natural resource management : to be determined

Objective: Enforcement

  • DOCARE camping restrictions
  • Citizen report on aggressive drivers

Objective: Appropriate signage/markers

  • Ahupua’a markers
  • Byway signage
  • Limit commercial signage by existing laws

Objective: Assessment

  • Self-assessment on project/action progress
  • Self-assessment on new needs
  • Meeting annually with planning, public works, and parks and rec.

Objective: Use of technology

  • Website
  • GPS/phone apps when possible

Objective: Collaboration

  • Working with Pahoa town in providing visitor services
  • Working with Big Island and other State and mainland byways

Objective: Community Involvement

  • Annual community meeting
  • Pono publication with safety insert





1 a) Vision and project goals:


Preserving and protecting significant sites and intrinsic qualities while accommodating culturally and environmentally-informed residents and visitors to safely engage in the various recreational, cultural and historical opportunities offered by the Red Road Scenic Byway.
Project Goals:

A. Bike/Walkway

  1. Creating a safe cliff-shoreline bike/walkway that respects traditional access, preserves remnants of the ancient Ala Kai trail and protects the environment while maintaining the rural quality of the road.
    1. Create safe “stoppage points” along the way to enable bike parking, picnicking, etc.
  2. Planning a coordinated “Share the Road” program and walking and bicycling activities and clinics with special emphasis on youth, retirees and those with special needs to encourage healthy and environmentally-sensitive lifestyles and consideration for all road users.

B. Stewardship Program and Training

  1. Developing a stewardship program and training incorporating interpretive, monitoring, and data-sampling facets.
  2. Involving local youth in the stewardship program, and local schools in developing math-science data-sampling curricula.
  3. Long-term, building community confidence in community-based stewardship to promote land donations and conservation easements.
  4. Honoring, through stewardship, the area ahupua’a (ancient land divisions) by collecting stories, restoring mountain-to-sea trails, and using the ahupua’a as a contemporary place-based ecological model of sustainability.   Reinforcing the ahupua’a principles of respect, responsibility and aloha.
  5. Finding ways for visitors to easily and safely immerse themselves in recreational, cultural and historical opportunities and to share aloha with residents.

C. Corridor Management Plan

Defining corridor management strategies and creating an implementation table of responsibilities, timelines and funding requirements.

  1. Fulfills requirement(s) associated with Scenic Byway status, granted to this community-based grassroots organization


Stewardship Component

A stewardship program touches many facets:

  • Provides a means to involve youth of the community in the objectives of preservation and protection;
  • Provides a means for members of the community and the public at large to learn and experience;
  • Develops cultural and environmental interpretive materials for presentation at walks/talks at sites specific to topic and theme.
  • Conducts general monitoring of features for condition and abuse
  • Conducts specific data sampling activities to establish trends


Educational Foundation 

To preserve and protect, regulations and infrastructure suggestions can take us just so far; a cultural and environmental education strategy is needed that also builds community.

  • To see education as community-based social activities that encourages forming a participatory relationship to the natural, cultural and historical place in which we live;
  • To recognize and honor the Hawaiian culture as the foundation of our community and to encourage  Hawaiian community members to take an active role in shaping and conducting activities, but also to recognize we are all in this together and to see each person and each culture as containing the seeds essential for community well-being;
  • To create an attachment to place by sharing practical skills for living here, providing opportunity to spend time building relationships with nature; incorporating service projects to enhance and restore; and creating activities that build emotional bonds to nature and community;
  • To present something to learn for everyone at every stage of life.

The use of story is central to the approach:

  • Through stories people “remember to remember” who they are and where they come from;
  • Story is “an echo of life lived in time and place”; stories are accounts of how the world was experienced and interpreted;
  • Personal stories fuel emotions and shape beliefs;
  • Story is a way to share information and make possible learning through listening and imagination;
  • Stories, customs, song, dance need to be preserved in order to sustain the life of the individual, family and community;
  • Spoken word expresses the spirit of breath of the speaker;
  • Culture is face, myth is heart.

The Ahupua’a system is an important focus point to:

  • Show respect for the Hawaiian culture;
  • Acknowledge the strong attachment of community Hawaiian families to an ahupua’a and to build the same sense of attachment by all members of our community;
  • Recognize values important to the community as a whole to preserve;
  • Honor being of a place in a sea of relationships – natural and human; and
  • Provide a context-specific ecological model.
  • Since most of the ahupua’as in the Red Road Corridor are home to various people of various cultures, we have to work together to find ways to collectively care-take this unique place.