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General Management Plan and Environmental Assessment 2018

The General Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (GMP/EA) provides guidance for resource management, visitor use and access, and an operational shift from co-management with the State of Hawai'i to primary management by the National Park Service.

This revised GMP/EA contains content from the previously developed Kalaupapa NHP Draft General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (GMP/EIS) released in April 2015. A substantive change from the draft GMP/EIS is the removal of specific guidance for the Kalaupapa Settlement historic buildings. The EIS was terminated due to the removal of guidance for the Kalaupapa Settlement historic buildings and lack of significant impacts that could result from the alternatives.

The GMP/EA examines two alternatives, Alternative 1: no action (A-1) and Alternative 2: NPS preferred (A-2), which were included in the prior draft GMP/EIS and have been modified to address public comments received. Two other alternatives from the draft GMP/EIS which were considered but dismissed from further consideration are documented.

A-1 assumes that programming, facilities, staffing, and funding would generally continue at their current levels to protect the values of Kalaupapa NHP. Cooperative agreements with agencies and organizations and the lease agreement with Department of Hawaiian Home Lands would continue. Alternative 1 provides limited guidance after the DOH departs Kalaupapa.

A-2, the NPS preferred alternative, emphasizes stewardship of Kalaupapa's lands and resources in collaboration with the park's many partners. Kalaupapa's diverse resources would be managed from uka to kai (mountain to sea) to protect and maintain their character and historical significance. Through hands-on stewardship activities, service and volunteer work groups would have meaningful learning experiences, while contributing to the long-term preservation of Kalaupapa's resources. Visitation by the general public would be supported and integrated into park management. Visitor regulations would change, including by allowing children to visit Kalaupapa with adult supervision and removing the 100 person per day visitor cap while continuing to limit the number of visitors per day through new mechanisms.

Please refer to Appendix G to read public comments and NPS responses on the 2015 draft GMP/EIS.

This document integrates the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Section 106 analysis.
Comment Period: Closed        11/15/2018 - 03/07/2019
Document Content:
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