by David Corrigan & Stephanie Salazar
KAIHOLENA, Hawaii: North Kohala’s public land acquisition efforts continue.
At last week’s County Council Finance committee meeting, lawmakers gave a positive recommendation to a resolution authorizing the mayor to enter into an agreement with the state of Hawaii, the Board of Land and Natural Resources, the Legacy Land Conservation Commission, and accept funds for buying the 76.61 acres at Kaiholena.
The county approved the plan to acquire the land area in 2008. The county was approved for a Legacy Land Conservation Commission grant, an amount that totals $1,650,000….
Recently, a large community celebration was held here along this scenic stretch of coast… where land parcels in Kaiholena, Pao’o, and Lapakahi – were recently purchased for preservation, protecting public access to this beautiful natural area.
Property manager for Hawaii County, Ken Van Bergen, says he hopoes to soon see the rest of Kaiholena purchased.