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State buys Kailua hillside land in $1.2M deal

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 12:40 p.m. HST, Feb 13, 2013


The state has closed a $1.2 million deal with Kaneohe Ranch to buy more than 67 acres of hillside property in Kailua.

The deal announced today is part of an effort to preserve natural wetlands. The hillside includes gullies that drain rainwater into the marsh and ocean.

Kaneohe Ranch pledged to sell the land to the state in 2009 and officials have since worked on securing funds. Under the deal, the state will pay $450,000 and a federal program run by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will pay $720,000.

Chairman William Aila of the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources says the land is important for public education, recreation, endangered species restoration and watershed protection.







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allie wrote:
nice donation
on February 13,2013 | 11:34AM
Do_you_know_SHATA wrote:
Wow. I'm glad that the State has all this cash to pay for a piece of land when our teachers are still working without a contract. Sure hope they are not dipping in our Hurricane Relief funds again. Oh, wait, they already did...
on February 13,2013 | 12:05PM
simple wrote:
I hope they open it up for the public
on February 13,2013 | 12:42PM
mynah wrote:
Mahalo
on February 13,2013 | 01:33PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Sheesh. For $2.2 million they could have bought 1,440 acres in Waikane Valley.
on February 13,2013 | 02:38PM
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