David Y.Ige | DLNR Press Release: Hawaii’s Last Fishing Village Is Now a Community Subsistence Fishing Area


DLNR Press Release: Hawaii’s Last Fishing Village Is Now a Community Subsistence Fishing Area

Published on August 3, 2022 in Latest news from the department, Press room

(MILOLI’I, KONA, HAWAI’I ISLAND) – With the stroke of a pen, as dozens of community members looked on, Governor David Ige on Tuesday signed bylaws to make the shoreline bordering this remote village the second community subsistence fishery. Zone (CBFSA) in the state.

Long in the making and sustained by the perseverance of residents, the Miloli’i CBSFA will protect and conserve fish populations and their habitats, combining traditional Hawaiian fishing practices with modern conservation approaches.

Law 271, enacted by the state legislature in 1994, led to the designation of 18 miles of coastal waters along the rugged coastline on either side of the small community as the first permanent CBSFA designated by law. Years of work by dedicated members of the community, with support from biologists and staff from DLNR’s Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) and research and non-governmental organizations, have led to the development of a set of administrative rules designed to ensure abundant stocks of priority species. and high quality fishing now and in the future.

Laila Kaupu, a fifth-generation Miloli’i fisherwoman, was one of the main instigators of the CBSFA initiative and led the community group Kalanihale, which was instrumental in shaping the rules.

After a boat trip and snorkeling with Governor Ige and First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige, Kaupu breathed a happy sigh. “That’s my feeling and I have a feeling our kupunas feel the same. Just a lot of relief knowing that the community has come together in their efforts, with the support of state and federal agencies. We can be that shining light that the Governor mentioned for other coastal communities.

In remarks ahead of promulgating the bylaws, Governor Ige said, “We need young people to continue this work and encourage other communities to establish community subsistence fishing areas for the benefit and future of the community. whole state. Miloli’i is a shining example of how we can all work together for the benefit of our marine resources, our keiki and our kupuna.

DLNR President Suzanne Case added: “It has indeed been a long road for Miloli’i, but you all have persevered. We join you today in celebrating this tremendous achievement and remind everyone that work has just begun in implementing these rules to manage Miloli’i resources. Here, and across the state, we face immense challenges from climate change, overfishing, and other ecosystem stressors. This is a giant step in the right direction, and we are grateful to these dedicated partners, steeped in tradition, in the effort to co-manage coastal resources.

In 2015, also under the Ige administration, the Hāʻena CBSFA was established in Kauaʻi. In 2016, the Kaʻūpūlehu “Try Wait” community-led Marine Rules on the island of Hawaii were adopted. These communities, along with Miloliʻi, have inspired communities across the state to propose rules with the DAR to support Hawaii’s marine resources.

Governor Ige commented: “It is beautiful to be in the ocean and to be able to see the coral colonies. It’s a spectacular day.

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(All images/videos courtesy of DLNR)

HD video – Presentation of the Miloli’i CBSFA:


HD Video – Miloli’i CBSFA Rules Signing (August 2, 2022):


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Photographs – Miloli’i CBSFA Rules Signing (August 2, 2022):


Media Contact:

Dan Denison

Senior Communications Manager

Hawaii Department of Lands and Natural Resources

[email protected]



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