Deal reached to preserve Ka’u coast

This map shows the designated area, in orange, of the 2,317 acres known as Waikapuna located in Kahilipalinui and Kahilipaliiki ahupuaa, Ka‘u Moku on Hawaii that is being preserved. The other colored sections show pending projects. (Courtesy image)
Nancietta Haalilio, right, blesses a portion of the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail in 2016 during a ceremony with the assistance of Analu Silva. (West Hawaii Today file photo)

NAALEHU — The Ka‘u community has been working for decades to protect their beloved 80-mile coast to honor their kupuna and empower future generations to perpetuate their rural, subsistence lifestyle.