Aloha! Red Road Scenic Byway



Aloha neighbors! We have an AMAZING workshop coming up soon!! and it’s FREE!!!!!!!

Ho’ Oulu Mea Kanu  — Growing Plants

Integrating Permaculture, Agroforestry and Korean Farming Methods

Saturday , June 24th @ HAAS

9am – 4pm – light lunch will be served

Check the link below for more details!!!

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Aloha all!  We have combined the Kapono web site with the Scenic Byway site, easier to manage just one!  Our email is   Kapono does act as the 501-C3 NFP sponsor for the  Red Road Scenic Byway so merging made sense.  We’ve only just begun a migration, so more info will continue to be added.

The ‘Red Road has been called many names over the years. Officially known as Highway 137, its other primary name is the Kaimu to Kapoho Road or Kapoho to Kaimu, depending on the direction you are driving!! Whatever name  you call it,  it is a special and magical place here in Puna Makai, this rambling road at the oceans edge.  Following closely the Kings trail, it is awash in a rich history and blessed with a dynamic natural diversity that needs to be preserved. That is why we as a community brought the Red Road Scenic Byway into being. As a conduit to preserve and protect all of it’s intrinsic values that make it so special.

 The Corridor Management Plan (CMP) is located in the archive section of the site if you would like to review it in depth. Having concluded the survey on the Scenic Byway CMP and on the stewardship program being spearheaded at  Kua O Ka Lā school and voting the CMP into process, now we have come to the phase where it is time to begin to implement the CMP . The CMP  provides the framework  for the steps to help preserve and protect the Scenic Byway Corridor. The CMP was created by YOU the community, with your voices, your ideas, and your involvement.

 Now is the time to put the Plan into action!  It’s about ALL of us pulling together to define the future of the road and working together to achieve that. What we need now, is your help. This is not an easy task, preserving and protecting the intrinsic qualities of the road. Nor is it a small time frame journey. Its going to take many helping hands and hearts  and hours  to safeguard this stretch of Highway 137, Kaimu<>Kapoho road.

If you would like to donate time, expertise or hands on help, please check the work groups/projects page to see all the areas you could be involved with. Some skills cross over groups, so don’t worry of you have interest in several areas Check out the 30 projects listed below and see if you can find a fit!!  Suggestions, ideas, hands -on, anything you can do – the Red Road would appreciate it.

 We welcome you with aloha!  Mahalo Nui Loa!


ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING  (to establish baselines and regularly monitor conditions, inform community, provide learning activities for students and communityenviroment

  • Find expertise
  • Research monitoring techniques and possible placement of monitoring devices
  • Secure monitoring devices
  • Set up monitoring excel charts & regular posting to website
  • Research STEM activities in monitoring with students and community
  • Work with students on monitoring and reporting
  • Carry out regular monitoring

AHUPUA’A PROJECT (to share and celebrate cultural history, provide a framework for stewardship photo 2and sustainability, resilience and resource management planning)

  • Continue  identifying the boundaries
  • Arrange a meeting of Hawaiian families to reach consensus on the boundaries.
  • Review with planning department (Hans).
  • Approach Public Works and/or owners for permission to place markers.
  • Decide on the form of the markers
  • Create a plan gather materials and build cairns.
  • Construct cairns
  • Formulate plan to carve or cast pig skulls to decorate and put out during festivals only
  • Plan for a makahiki procession and event (perhaps the first celebrating Nāwahī  )

INTERPRETATION: AREA HISTORY (to continue narrative in CMP, collect maps and other exhibit materials, present materials to community through website and outreach activities, collaborate on materials for visitors)map

  • Research
  • Write up – coordination with visitor information and web publication
  • Collect maps and exhibit materials for outreach

INTERPRETATION: WORKSHOPS, WALKS, EVENTS  (to provide community and visitors with information and skills)walks

  • Plan calendar of events
  • Secure experts (i.e., invasive species)
  • Put together volunteer stewardship group with training materials
  • Conduct volunteer training

  GATHERING RIGHTS AND PRACTICES  (to provide community with an understanding of the history and relational practice of gathering )gathering

  • Research
  • Write up- coordination with Pono/Kuleana project and web publication

ROAD AND BEACH CLEAN-UPS ( to care for the environment, encourage good environmental practices and provide means for the community to come together)cleanup

  • Organize and carry out

INVASIVE SPECIES AND RESTORATION OF NATIVE SPECIES  (to inform community, provide techniques and a means for community to come together)small albezia:lava tree

  • Organize informational workshop and demonstration work
  • Organize continuing action
  • Coordinate with Pono/Kuleana project

PONO/KULEANA PUBLICATION  (to inform community, potential and new owners and visitors of what the community feels is correct and responsible to preserve our area and quality of life)pono

  • Develop framework
  • Collect suggestions
  • Work with students
  • Research as necessary
  • Write up – coordinate with VISITOR group

SHARE-THE-ROAD  (to organize activities to encourage safe multi-use of the road)

  • Organize campaign

BIKE/WALK EVENT  (to organize an event that promotes healthy and safe use of the road)bike small

  • Organize event
  • Coordinate with police on safety clinic and bike shop owners on demonstration

AGGRESSIVE DRIVER REPORTING  (to discourage aggressive driving)agressive driving

  • Contact Mamaloha Byway
  • Contact police
  • Implement if feasible

SHOULDER MAINTENANCE  (to promote maintenance of road shoulder for safe walking and sight-lines and regular removal of invasive plants)shoulder maitenence

  • Coordinate with County Public Works
  • Post approximate schedule to website
  • Contact roadway property owners on maintaining shoulders
  • Organize clearing of shoulders for walking – coordinate with Bike/Walkway Project
  • Coordinate with STEWARDSHIP on removal invasive species

SPECIFIC ROAD CONCERNS (to bring concerns to the attention of the County and keep community informed of county plans)road concerns

  • Coordinate with County Public Works
  • Provide information to website

BIKE/WALKWAY  (to establish off-road walking and create a mm17 to mm19 bike/walkway – most Bicycle-Trail-Campground-Park-Sign-K-8022traveled section by residents and visitors) 

  • Research
  • Advocacy
  • Establish “defacto” walkway on shoulders
  • Event planning
  • Information to website

TOURIST STOPS  ( designating specific stopping points and develop interpretative materials for each site for web publication and possible phone app to promote saftey)

tourist spot

  • Select possible stops
  • Coordinate with STEWARDSHIP-Interpretive and VISITOR on information
  • Advocate better cell phone coverage
  • Coordinate with Research and Development on Smart Phone app
  • Coordinate with VISITOR

OCEAN SAFETY (to provide safety information on ocean and along cliffs)

ocean saftey

  • Collect information
  • Participate in safety meeting
  • Edit materials for website and VISITOR safety information (include with Pono/.Kuleana publication)

RESCUE TUBES (to promote safety)rescue

  • Research means to prevent vandalism
  • Coordinate on placement of tubes

ADVOCATE FOR SAFE SWIMMING BEACH  (to improve quality of life and promote safety)safe swimming

  • Research County plans
  • Coordinate with organizations
  • Publish information to website

RESILIENCE PLAN (to prove a recovery plan for potential disaster)disaster

  • Research resilience plans
  • Collaborate with agencies
  • Collaborate with neighborhoods and stakeholders
  • Prepare plan
  • Present to community
  • Publish to website

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH (to discourage crime/vandalism/environmental damage)neighborwatch

  • Collaborate with existing watch group
  • Encourage formal/informal watch activity

RESTORATION PROJECT MM17 [Food Forest]  (to provide a demonstration food forest, improve a frequently visited spot by community and visitors)food forest

  • Collaboration with County Public Works
  • Collaboration with neighbors
  • Find volunteer expertise (landscape design, invasive species, plant selection, planting & maintenance)
  • Work with students
  • Plant identification
  • Landscape design
  • Removing invasives
  • Securing plants
  • Planting
  • Maintenance – coordinate with STEWARDSHIP

IMPROVED ACCESSIBILITY  (to improve accessibility for all)access

  • Coordinate with agencies
  • Develop plan


  • Research
  • Contact land trusts
  • Collaboration County/State/Stakeholders
  • Research possible areas
  • Talk to owners on stewardship
  • Consider ways to protect  traditional lands and practice sites of area Hawaiian families
  • Organize volunteer stewards – coordinate with STEWARDSHIP

ANCIENT TRAILS  (to document and preserve and inform community and visitors)ancient trails

  • Research and document
  • Restore if feasible – coordinate with LAND & STEWARDSHIP

SUSTAINABILITY (through coordination to inform the community of best practices in sustainability)green

  • Research
  • Coordinate with State/County and organizations
  • Create plan
  • Plan and present workshops
  • Coordinate with Resilience Plan, Stewardship, and Pono/Kuleana project

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PLAN  (to develop a comprehensive, best practices plan for the area)

  • Research
  • Coordinate with Sustainability and Resilience projects and STEWARDSHIP
  • Develop plan
  • Present to community

ENFORCEMENT  (to encourage good environmental practices)save-environment

  • Collaborate with DOCARE
  • Coordinate with Pono/Kuleana project

COMMERCIAL SIGNAGE (to inform owners of legal limitations)confused_sign_post

  • Research existing laws
  • Coordinate with Pono/Kuleana project

YEARLY ASSESSMENT  (to track project activity and additional concerns or ideas and report to the community)

  • Collect information from projects
  • Organize yearly meeting
  • Report on website

COLLABORATION WITH INSTITUTIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS  (to maintain relationships with governmental units and organizations)Aiga_mail

  • Send out quarterly email

COMMUNICATIONS  (to maintain effective communications with residents, enable progress on projects, announce activities, oversee publications and provide visitor information.)

  • Website technology
  • Writing
  • Photography, Cartooning,…

COLLABORATION WITH OTHER BYWAYS  (to share best practices and engage in coordinated activities and grant opportunities)bywaysss

  • Maintain contact on best practices
  • Explore coordinated events

COMMUNITY MEETINGS, EVENTS, WORKSHOPS  (to provide a variety of ways for the community to come together and share knowledge)van trip 1

  • Event planning

 VISITOR INTERPRETIVE MATERIALS  (to prepare materials that promote cultural awareness, safety and protection of the area and way of life)info

  • Coordinate with STEWARDSHIP and Pono/Kuleana project on content
  • Write
  • Web-publish
  • Pursue smart-phone app
  • Collaborate with other byways
  • Provide information to tour companies, rentals

 COLLABORATION  (to provide overall coordination between projects and events, advocate, fundraise, and seek grants)th-1

  • Plan byway calendar
  • Research and seek grants
  • Fundraising activities

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