Crafting Our Own Destiny: How to Bring Improvements to the Wai`anae Coast Using Vacant Parcels

Many Wai`anae Coast residents have excellent ideas for how we can improve our quality of life.  Adding things like sports fields, parks, racetracks, skateparks, BMX tracks, farms, canoe hale, community centers, teacher housing, coconut groves, small businesses, youth & media centers, etc. have been among the suggestions.  Recently, legendary waterman Brian Keaulana showed Maile a video of a “wave garden” in Europe which creates surfable waves on dry land!

To help us find areas where we can possibly make these dreams a reality, Charlene Unoki of DLNR provided Maile’s office with a list of vacant state lands.  Later, Maile’s aide, Geanine McIntosh, took on the arduous task of cross checking hundreds of tax map key numbers to extract the lands from the original list which are located on the Wai`anae Coast (Kalaeloa to Kaena Point).

This list of vacant state land on our Coast is available to the public, and is posted on Maile’s blog,  If you have an idea to improve our community, you should review the list.  Maile can try to assist by arranging a meeting with the appropriate DLNR department staff to hopefully sell your idea.

“The state may be open to reasonable proposals which enhance vacant land areas,” Maile stated.  “We know best how to craft our community’s destiny.  We should put our heads together to come up with ways to turn vacant areas into the things many of us long for,” Maile said.

Click on the following link to view the list of vacant state land on the Wai`anae Coast: vacant state owned lands district 21