Sen. Roz Baker today applauded the administration’s release of $19.5 million specified by the Legislature for the acquisition of Lipoa Point at Honolua in West Maui. The land will be preserved as conservation land in perpetuity.
During the 2013 session at the behest of Sen. Baker and Rep. Angus McKelvey, lawmakers passed a bill (HB 1424, Act 241, SLH2013) for the acquisition of lands at Honolua Bay with the intent of protecting it from future development. In January 2014, $500, 000 was released to support activities supporting the land acquisition including title search, property appraisal and boundary surveys.
“Release of these funds means that the State is moving forward with purchasing acreage at Lipoa Point,” said Baker. “Rep. McKelvey and I fought to get the Legislature to include $20 million in its budget to fund this acquisition. These are pristine lands threatened by development. As stewards of the aina, we had to make every effort to protect our natural resources for future generations.”
“Mahalo to the Governor for recognizing the importance of the timely acquisition of this precious resource to be preserved as conservation land in perpetuity,” added Baker. “And congratulations to all who advocated and stood with us to protect Lipoa Point.”
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