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Pupukea Paumalu Permanently Protected – Mahalo!

1,129-Acre Pupukea Paumalu Coastal Bluff Protected In Perpetuity

Diverse Partnership Saves Natural Backdrop to O’ahu’s Famed North Shore

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and the North Shore Community Land Trust (NSCLT) are pleased to announce the permanent protection of the 1,129 acre Pupukea Paumalu coastal bluff. The property is located along O’ahu’s famed North Shore and overlooks the world’s most famous surf breaks. The City of Honolulu and the State of Hawai’i will each own separate parcels for natural resource protection and public benefit.

The acquisition on June 27, 2007 comes after two decades of growing community support to protect the land. In the 1990s, Japan-based Obayashi Corporation secured the rights to develop a residential subdivision known as Lihi Lani on the property. The Lihi Lani project received entitlements for development of 315 lots, a sewage treatment plant, and other infrastructure. Community residents raised concerns regarding Obayashi’s project, and the proposed development was placed on hold. Unfavorable economic timing and corporate restructuring led Obayashi to place the property on the market in 2002, creating an opportunity for an unprecedented public-private partnership.

Knowing the property was for sale, the NSCLT approached TPL for its expertise in voluntary willing seller conservation real estate transactions. For several years, NSCLT and TPL negotiated with the landowner for the purchase of the property. Through the Surfrider Foundation Japan and Masuo Ueda, a meeting was arranged between representatives of Obayashi and NSCLT at Obayashi’s headquarters in Tokyo. NSCLT asked North Shore resident Jack Johnson to represent NSCLT at the meeting in Japan and to present a painting of the property by local artist Bill Braden. Johnson encouraged Obayashi to consider TPL’s purchase offer. Community persistence and relationship building paid off.

After almost 20 years of work by North Shore residents, NSCLT and TPL, and its State, County, and community partners, the purchase of the property has become a reality. Initially, the 1,104 acre mauka area will be placed in the State Parks Reserve. The land will be set-aside for a future State park. The State does not have immediate plans for improvements on the property. Rather, the State will be working with the community, TPL, and NSCLT on plans to provide safe public access and a plan for community based stewardship. The County will also be working with the community, TPL, and NSCLT on community-based plans for the makai 25-acre lot along Kamehameha highway.

An unprecedented coalition including TPL, the County, the State, the Federal government (through the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration), the US Army Garrison Hawai’i, local businesses, Obayashi, the surf industry and other private contributors, committed financial support making the public acquisition and permanent protection possible. Individuals from the North Shore community, including Jack and Kim Johnson, were key players in reaching the community goal. Other donors making contributions of more than $50,000 to the Campaign include the Quiksilver Foundation, the Freeman Foundation, the GIFT Foundation of Hawaii, and Sole International Corporation.

NSCLT wants to thank the innumerable Pupukea Paumalu community supporters, the landowner (Obayashi Corporation), TPL, Masuo Ueda of Surfrider Foundation Japan, Bill Braden, Jack and Kim Johnson, Grant and Etsuko Arnold, the State of Hawai’i (in particular the staff of DLNR and former BLNR Chairperson Peter Young), the City and County of Honolulu, NOAA, US Army Garrison Hawai’i and Colonel Howard Killian, US Senator Daniel Inouye, Governor Linda Lingle, Mayor Mufi Hannemann, State Senator Bobby Bunda, State Representative Michael Magaoay, Council member Donovan Dela Cruz, and the surf industry including Patagonia Hale’iwa, SIMA, and the Quiksilver Foundation.

“We want to thank Obayashi for working with TPL on this historic transaction. Although the project took longer than the average commercial sale, and a variety of complications arose requiring additional time to complete the transaction, Obayashi stuck with us, and worked with the community for a truly win-win outcome,” said Lea Hong, Hawaiian Islands Program Director for TPL (www.tpl.org).

“We are deeply grateful to Obayashi, TPL, our government officials, and the innumerable Pupukea Paumalu community supporters,” said Blake McElheny, President of NSCLT. “Community dreams can be achieved when we bring people together around shared values for the benefit of the public.”

NSCLT is also honored that the Quiksilver Foundation recently made the inaugural donation to the “Pupukea Paumalu Stewardship Fund.” This annual fund will assist with the permanent protection of the property and will support the coordination of community planning and stewardship activities so residents, visitors and surfers from around the world will be able to enjoy the property in perpetuity.

NSCLT has set up a special account for the Pupukea Paumalu Stewardship Fund and all of these tax-deductible donations are designated specifically for acquisition and protection costs for Pupukea Paumalu. Supporters can contact the NSCLT if they are interested in contributing to the Pupukea Paumalu Stewardship Fund and the effort to conserve the North Shore of O’ahu.

Donations to NSCLT and the Pupukea Paumalu Stewardship Fund can be sent to NSCLT at P.O. Box 1179, Hale’iwa, HI 96712 or can be made online by going to www.northshoreland.org. Also, you can request additional information or volunteer to get involved in the community planning process by emailing {encode=”info@NorthShoreLand.org” title=”info@NorthShoreLand.org”}.


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