Plans are being laid for a North Kohala Scenic Highway (Akonipule through Pololu) supported by the North Kohala Community Resource Center. A committee meets weekly and the project has been worked on for a year, yet many kama'aina and newcomers to Kohala know NOTHING of this project.
Highways cause great change. The Alii Parkway was stopped in Kona by the people because the development it would have brought along its route would have made it even more difficult to "keep" the life of the land in the precious historic sites and history there. The Kona coastline, by leaders from the KOHALA COASTLINE and elswhere, began the national identity of the Hawaiian Islands.
The burden to protect the Kona coast for the future fell squarely on the shoulders of the people; the people did what the government was charged to do - to PROTECT the heritage of Hawaii. The people rallied for heritage; all government supported the highway for development and tourism thought to be the answer for future prosperity.
"Heritage Corridors" upon the lands of Hawaii island tell the amount of history people can get from metal, plastic or wooden "signs" of an area for the benefit of tourism. In other words, how could signs ever "tell" the history of these lands adequately?
The Hokuli'a ByPass has steadily been contested as the entire development of Oceanside 1250 has been contested -- by the people.
What do the generational people of Kohala say about this large Scenic Highway project?
'O Kohala i ka nuku na kanaka (Kohala, filled to the brim with inhabitants prior to 1778 ? )
Inquire with the Project's Representative:
Scott Bedingfield, 896-9001
People may find these two websites helpful: http://www.byways.org/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Scenic_Byway