State looks to improve offshore moorings in Keauhou Bay

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The state is holding a public meeting to discuss the possibility of replacing nine unpermitted offshore moorings in Keauhou Bay with 16 new permitted ones.

According to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources’ draft environmental assessment, a revised configuration would help keep the channel clear, accommodate more vessels, protect the bay’s marine species, and support recreational use by swimmers, kayakers, snorkelers, and more.

Read the draft environmental assessment for the Keauhou Bay Offshore Moorings project here.

A public informational meeting will take place Friday, April 15, 6-8 p.m., at Kealakehe High School cafeteria to discuss the assessment.

The project also proposes alternatives, which will be addressed at the meeting — no action or alternative layouts that involve 12 or nine new vessel moorings.

The public will be allowed to provide input and feedback.

Kealakehe High School is located at 74-5000 Puohulihuli Street in Kailua-Kona.

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