State looking at better ways to manage Ka Lae

  • A parking fee and entrance gate on South Point Road are on the table as part of the state’s efforts to better manage resources at Ka Lae, also known as South Point, where the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands says resources are in “critical” condition. (DHHL South Point Resources Management Plan/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • This Google Maps capture shows the many tracks left by trucks, all-terrain vehicles and motor bikes over the years at Ka Lae. (Google Maps/Special to West Hawaii Today)
  • People enjoy the day at Papakolea Beach. The South Point Resources Management Plan proposed actions also include an entrance gate at Kalae and South Point roads, a walking trail with signage at Kalae, which the document also refers to Ka Lae, and a path from the Barracks in the area at Papakolea or Green Sands Beach. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)
  • People enjoy the day at Papakolea Beach, a highlight of Ka Lae in Ka’u. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • The heavy use of trucks, all-terrain vehicles and motor bikes has caused widespread sand and soil erosion.

  • Trucks, all-terrain vehicles and motor bikes have caused widespread sand and soil erosion. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — A parking fee and entrance gate on South Point Road are on the table as part of the state’s efforts to better manage natural and cultural resources at Ka Lae, also known as South Point, where the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands says resources are in “critical condition.”