Protect Mahaulepu Forever
Malama Mahaulepu is working for the eventual, long-term protection of 2700 acres of Mahaulepu. The nearly three thousand-acre ahupuaa, or watershed, of Mahaulepu is classified conservation (1100 acres) and agricultural (1600 acres). Although the coastal area is most beloved and critical, preservation of the whole area would continue to allow continuation of agriculture, wetland restoration, buffer coastal resources and build upon the legacy of Kipu Kai. Kipu Kai is the adjacent watershed that is deeded to become a state preserve.
We also hope to preserve about 300 acres of important coastal land between Mahaulepu and the Poipu Bay Golf course. This area contains the Makauwahi sinkhole, Kapunakea pond and the Waiopili heiau.
Government has acknowledged Maha’ulepu merits preservation.
The 2000 General Plan called for a “collaborative planning effort with options including some development in exchange for a park and/or preservation areas; or purchase of the land for a Statepark”
In 2001 the County Council and the State House and Senate passed resolutions calling for “collaborative efforts to explore options for preservation.”
In 2008, the National Park Service conducted a Reconaissance Survey at the request of Senator Daniel K. Inouye. While considered preliminary, it deemed Maha’ulepu nationally significant and suitable for protection because of its natural and cultural resources (Nationa Park Service, US Dept of the Interior, February 2008).