Hawaii Volcanoes National Park adds 16,000 acres

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Pohue Bay is now protected as part of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Pohue Bay is now protected as part of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Photo Credit: NPS/Todd Roper

The National Park Service is now responsible for preserving a 16,451-acre parcel of land on the Big Island of Hawaii's Kau district from the Mamalahoa Highway to the shore at Pohue Bay, following a land transfer from the Trust for Public Land.

"Pohue is an incredibly precious and culturally significant landscape that needs to be protected," said Hawaii Volcanoes National Park superintendent Rhonda Loh. "The park is working to develop an interim operating plan for Pohue that explores opportunities for public use compatible with resource protection."

Pohue is full of natural and cultural resources, including Hawaiian historic sites, burial sites, petroglyphs and shrines. It also is a habitat for the Hawaiian hawksbill sea turtle and monk seal. Pohue will remain closed to the public until the park comes up with a management and operation plan, which means it could be months to years before it opens.

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