About Us

We are a grassroots networking resource for community information and action to preserve this culturally and environmentally important coastal area.

Our major points of focus:

Public Beach Access

All beaches are public. The trails to Larsen’s beach are not private land. They are state reserved public trails. The land adjacent to the beach is owned by Waioli Corporation, a 501c(3) nonprofit corporation. This property’s Land Court “Findings of Fact and Decision” App. 1161 2000 states “reservation by the State of Hawaii of public highways, trails, access or rights of way.”

The county-owned right-of-way was illegally fenced off two decades ago. A steep trail has been maintained by the county on Waioli lands. The county surveyed and flagged the right-of-way in December 2009 but has not cleared the trail as of yet.

Hawaiian Culture, Tradition, and History

The ancient Alaloa is a coastal trail around the circumference of Kauai. The segment of this lateral trail that runs along Larsen’s Beach has been used for over 700 years. The Lepeuli area supported a permanent population of several hundred folks with kuleana and houselots, several dozen lo`i, a school, a church, heiau, a postal route, many freshwater fishponds and an offshore saltwater fishpond, as well as burial sites. Ka’aka’aniu reef is known as an important source of limu kohu (seaweed) for local families.

Bruce Laymon, who leases Waioli land under the name “Paradise Ranch,” has been granted a permit to build a 75% federally funded fence which will cut off all existing Alaloa trail access to Larsen’s Beach. The permit application claims that there is no history of Hawaiian presence in the area, and no known cultural use of its resources.

We affirm that the ancient Alaloa historic coastal trail, used for generations by Hawaiian families and cultural practitioners, is an important public treasure vital to quality of life.

The Environment

Ka’aka’aniu is one of the healthiest reefs in Hawaii. It is the only reef documented to have been weeded like a garden, and today is still considered the best, most abundant source of limu kohu in Hawaii. Rich in marine resources, it is also an important reproductive habitat for endangered Hawaiian Monk seals and green sea turtles.

Paradise Ranch employees are now clearing the vegetation along Lepeuli coastal trail and on the beachfront land, which we consider to be public. Bushes and trees that have sheltered sleeping monk seals and nesting turtles have been removed. Tree stumps have been treated with herbicide and buried.

Bruce Laymon’s fencing permit application claims there is no endangered wildlife at Larsen’s Beach. When the fence is built and cows are pastured on the steep coastline, albatross will be killed, their nesting area will be obliterated, and massive erosion could destroy the delicate reef. Marine animals and plants, now thriving, will disappear from the area.

We recommend that the Department of Land and Natural Resources immediately perform a current “Shoreline Certification,” to determine the extent of the pubic land. We urge DLNR to withdraw the permit for commercial use of the conservation district, and to start over, facilitating community involvement through the public hearing process.

We recommend that the county utilize its Open Space Preservation Fund to purchase the 20 acres of Conservation District coastline in Lepeuli (known as Field 12) to insure public access on the ancient Alaloa and to preserve reef quality for future generations.

Contact:

Hope and Tim Kallai

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