The Maui News - The state Board of Land and Natural Resources agreed last week to do an environmental review and an archaeological survey of lands before considering a proposed land exchange between the state and Haleakala Ranch involving the Haleakala Trail.
Contrary to the department's recommendation, the board did not authorize board Chairman William Aila to negotiate and enter into an agreement with the ranch, in principle, for the state to give up title to the 3.3-mile trail, also known as the Haleakala Bridle Trail, in exchange for the state receiving a perpetual easement for a new access route to its Kahikinui Forest Reserve and the Na Kula Natural Area Reserve.
The land board approved the studies of the proposed exchange as a preliminary step and will determine the proposal's merits after they're completed and public input is completed, a DLNR statement said.
Overview of the two trails proposed for access agreements, the Haleakalā Trail to the north, and the new access route to the reserves of leeward Haleakalā to the south.
Photo: Division of Forestry and Wildlife