The proposal to designate Kīpahulu moku as a CBSFA was one of the priority actions identified in Kipahulu Ohana’s Mālama I Ke Kai community action plan developed in 2012, through a series of site visits and meetings with input from fishermen, practitioners, scientists, teachers, resource managers, partner agencies, and other community members.
Hawaiʻi’s Community Based Subsistence Fishing Area (CBSFA) designation formally recognizes local communities as valued partners in protecting natural resources, and reaffirms and protects traditional and customary practices for subsistence and culture. We chose to pursue a CBSFA because it is the only fisheries management area designation in Hawaii that emphasizes traditional practices and Hawaiian lifestyle.
For several years, Kipahulu has been conducting outreach activities to gather input and grow support for CBSFA designation, including community meetings, individual and family interviews and talk-story sessions, educational tables at local festivals and other events, articles in the papers, and other outreach efforts.
In October 2019, Kipahulu Ohana submitted our official Kipahulu Moku CBSFA Proposal and Management Plan (PDF) to the Division of Aquatic Resources.
The purpose of this video is to help our community and stakeholders become familiar with the code of conduct and proposed rules.