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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 3, 2005
Release No. M-1-06
MAYOR, COUNCIL CHAIRMAN ANNOUNCE $1 MILLION
CITY COMMITMENT TO PUPUKEA-PAUMALU ACQUISITION
Mayor Mufi Hannemann and City Council Chairman Donovan Dela Cruz today announced the City has committed $1 million to help the Trust for
The acquisition of the land from Obayashi Corp. will prevent development of the site, which lies between Paumalu Gulch and
“The City Council appropriated $1 million for the acquisition in 2004, and we are pleased to announce that we have encumbered those funds,” said Hannemann. “The Trust for
“This land is a spectacular backdrop for the surf meets that occur at Pipeline and other beaches makai of it, and the view from the heights is fabulous,” said Hannemann.
Dela Cruz said, “We all want to see this land protected.”
Obayashi once planned a luxury residential development of several hundred homes on the site, which overlooks
Community sentiment to find a way to permanently protect the area rather than see it developed prompted the Trust for
“We wanted to achieve a win-win situation for all parties, and now with the City’s strong support, we will move forward with a solid plan to do that,” he said.
U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye helped secure a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grant of $2 million for the conservation acquisition and the U.S. Army Environmental Center has committed up to $3 million in grant funding to help acquire and protect the Pupukea-Paumalu site.
Once the acquisition takes place, the mauka portion of the site will be turned over to the state as a park reserve. The City would get use of a small portion in the makai portion, for possible expansion of the
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Josh Stanbro, Trust for
Bill Brennan, 527-6928
Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767
|Tuesday, January 03, 2006|