It is important to preserve the culture and legacy of the parks and beaches that we cherish every day, which is why Councilmember Pine introduced Bill 9 CD 1 in an effort to establish a program within the Department of Parks & Recreation for the designation of sites of cultural value located in City public parks.
In an unanimous vote, Bill 9 CD 1 passed for adoption at the March 16 City Council Meeting.
On March 21, Mayor Kirk Caldwell accompanied by Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine signed Bill 9 into law at Pokai Bay Beach Park— drawing a crowd of Leeward residents who have passionately supported this initiative for decades.
Under the new law, any interested person will be able to recommend the designation of a cultural site to the parks department with a description of the cultural impact of the site on the city or surrounding communities. If approved, the department will install a marker informing the public of the designated cultural site. The person requesting the marker will be responsible for purchasing and maintaining the marker.