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DLNR Release and Media Advisory-Ka Iwi Protectors Recognized for 40 Years of Citizen Activism, Nov. 5, 2018

Posted on Nov 5, 2018 in Latest Department News

Coalition timeline


Bronze Plaque Will Recognize Extraordinary Efforts

(Honolulu) – Grassroots groups Ka Iwi Coalition and Livable Hawaii Kai Hui (LHK), together with the DLNR Division of State Parks, will unveil and dedicate a bronze commemorative plaque during a ceremony at noon on Thursday, November 8, 2018. The ceremony is open to everyone.  The date marks the 30th anniversary of the historic Sandy Beach Initiative vote, a key turning point in the people-powered defense of the open-space wilderness between Hanauma Bay and Makapu’u.

The plaque is mounted on a free-standing lava-rock plinth located at the first “hairpin” on the Makapuu Point Lighthouse Trail, where sea and coastal views are broadest. It is a gift to the state from the Ka Iwi Coalition and LHK.  Surmounted by a bas-relief rendering of the coalition’s iconic wave logo, the text reads:

In recognition of the many residents from all parts of Oahu

who, over the past four decades, steadfastly opposed

urban development along the Ka Iwi coast

from Hanauma to Makapuu, mauka to makai.

Their aloha ‘aina protected the natural landscape,

the endemic plant habitats, and the cultural and historic values

of Ka Iwi for the enjoyment of present generations–––

and those yet to come.

Mahalo nui loa!



Several community members and government leaders will offer comments during the ceremony. Light refreshments will be served and motorized vehicles will be available for those who need them. There are no restrooms available.

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(All images courtesy: DLNR)


Dedication: 12:00 noon, Thursday, November 8, 2018

At the first hairpin turn on the Makapuu Point Lighthouse Trail, Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline


Aerial photographs of Ka Iwi Coastline:

For more information: and click on “Ka Iwi Coalition

Coalition timeline: attached

Media Contacts:

Dan Dennison

DLNR Senior Communications Manager

(808) 587-0396


Elizabeth Reilly

Livable Hawai‘I Kai Hui

(808) 864-8081