PBR HAWAII is assisting the DLNR, Division of Forestry and Wildlife Na Ala Hele Trails Program with a plan to make improvements to the Ka‘iwa Ridge Trail (Lanikai Pillbox Trail). The project involves developing a plan for physical improvements of the Ka‘iwa Ridge Trail that reduces erosion and provides an improved hiker experience. The goal is to provide safer conditions while developing a management plan for the trail that: 1) upholds the right of public access to mauka lands; 2) is compliant with HRS Chapter 198D and HAR Title 13, Chapter 130; and 3) lays the groundwork for reduced community conflict. Project tasks include: 1) better defining the legal trail corridor and trail management responsibilities; 2) a survey of existing natural and cultural resources; 3) identifying the points of community conflict; and 4) developing a plan for physical improvements and management.
PBR HAWAII is responsible for community engagement, trail drawings, and a comprehensive management plan. PBR HAWAII is working with a civil engineer/hydrologist to develop a physical plan for the trail that addresses chronic erosion. PBR HAWAII will also prepare an Environmental Assessment and Conservation District Use Application to ready the project for future design and construction.