New Aloha ʻĀina days are set for 2023! December 10th, Sunday morning is our next day. Contact the Association for where to meet. These days help to maintain the shoreline trails and spots for the entire community. All are welcome!
In 2021 the Makahanaloa Fishing Association nominated two shoreline properties for purchase by the County of Hawaiʻi through the PONC or Public Access, Open Space & Natural Resources Preservation Commission. On October 3rd 2023 the ʻāina which runs from HauWoods past Iron Peg to Hu Honua was authorized to be purchase by Hawaiʻi County Council. If purchased the Fishing Association will have the opportunity to co-steward the ʻāina with the Pepeʻekeo Community Development Corporation Fishing Access Committee
Makahanaloa has begun to document the stories of old timers that grew up fishing and gathering along the shoreline. This work is possible through the Hawaiʻi Peopleʻs Fund with support from the Olohana Foundation. Click HERE to watch the first video.
Makahanaloa Fishing Association is working with the property owner abutting the spot known as Kakepa or Ladders. This property is within the State Use Conservation District and as a condition of development, the Association is striving to secure vehicular access to the shoreline in perpetuity.
Thanks to a generous private donation, the Association now has matching funds to pursue a rural agriculture development grant through the USDA. This grant would help Makahanaloa to secure equipment for maintenance of the shoreline and to reopen community spaces.
The Makahanaloa Fishing Association has hosted a few student groups along the shoreline, including the United Nations Youth Assembly. These groups hear stories of the place, learn about the challenges the community is facing and help to Aloha ʻĀina!