Petition Supporting Pohoiki Boat Ramp

Petition Supporting Pohoiki Boat Ramp

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Leah Gouker started this petition to State of Hawaii DLNR/DOBOR

We are asking you to support the Puna lawaiʻa (fishers) and 300+ ʻohana in their need of a boat ramp at Pohoiki 

1.      This is a statement that is being put forth by organized groups:  Puna ‘ohana, fishermen, Hawaiian practitioners, locals of the area, businesses and organizations.  We require the state officials to include, communicate and act upon our mana‘o into any decision making on the issue of replacing Puna’s only boat ramp.

 

2.      We reject any and all proposals of development at Ka‘akepa and other wahi pana (sacred/storied places) along the Puna coastline without consultation from this collective.  This is a culturally and historically significant site, a wahi pana, and a source of subsistence for our people.  Development would desecrate and destroy our resources, and we refuse to allow that to happen. 

 

3.      The boat ramp construction should be for a small and limited fishing boat ramp with adequate infrastructure, as exists at Pohoiki.  This helps in keeping the pollution and boat traffic at a minimum. This will reduce habitat loss and increased pressure on reefs and marine species along our coastline.  The large-scale development that is being suggested in the surveys is not in the best interest of our community and natural ecosystems which we depend on for gathering and where we are preserving our resources for the generations of Puna ‘ohana into perpetuity.

 

4.      DLNR/DOBAR needs to use the feasibility study money allocated in 2019 to research sites at Pohoiki, to improve with adequate infrastructure the existing ramp and the construction of a new ramp on the adjacent lava flow. 

 

5.      We demand that the engineering consultants along with the legislative bodies and community representatives attend our community meetings specifically in regards to Pohoiki boat ramp, infrastructure and design. 

 

6.      Local fishermen of lower Puna who have lost their livelihood need to have an immediate temporary solution(s).   Federal, State, and County eruption recovery funds should be allocated to meet these needs NOW. 

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