For the last four years the Ahihi Kinau Natural Area Reserve has been closed to snorkeling on the island of Maui. As of July 31, 2012 - the 2000+ acre land and ocean reserve is slated to reopen. The area is popular for its archaeological remnants, hiking, and of course, its snorkeling. The re-opening however will mark a shift in how the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) handles the reserve - they are limiting accessing this time around; to ensure the reserve doesn't experience the type of damage it did in the past due to high levels of visitation (mostly due to exposure in popular guidebooks and websites). The area is home to many endangered and rare Hawaiian species, hence the focus on protecting the reserve.
Join us in celebrating the reopening of the reserve, and as always remember... E Malama Pono (to take good care).