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State House approves deal to preserve Turtle Bay land

By Cathy Bussewitz / Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 01:41 p.m. HST, May 01, 2014


Hawaii lawmakers approved a historic land-preservation deal Thursday on the final day of the 2014 legislative session.

House members voted to approve $40 million in bonds to pay for the deal brokered in part by Gov. Neil Abercrombie. The proposal, already approved by the Senate, would preserve about 660 acres of land at Turtle Bay Resort indefinitely. 

"This vote marks the culmination of years of effort to secure the future of the North Shore," Abercrombie said in a statement. "The result will keep the country, country. It will protect pristine coastlines from development. It will provide open space and access for everyone."

Lawmakers in the House had been concerned because the deal was announced late in the session, so the proposal did not get a public hearing. But most House members Thursday were resigned that the preservation deal was important enough to approve despite the hasty nature of the lawmaking.

"The work that we do is not something simply for purists," said Rep. Della au Bellati, adding that members of the North Shore community participated in the meetings to craft the deal. "We have done our due diligence. We have listened to the community."

Rep. Richard Lee Fale says there needs to be better communication between the Legislature and the governor.

But others said the deal is an opportunity that must be seized.

"This is not just about saving it for the North Shore community," said Democratic Rep. Jo Jordan. "The people in the concrete jungle want to get out to our open spaces." 






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Mythman wrote:
Law suit.
on May 1,2014 | 01:14PM
pcman wrote:
This is scandalous. Who is to pay for this nonsense? The State could have just as well rezoned the land as conservation or park and not have to pay a cent. Where is the money going to? Abercrombie and friends on the legislature, no doubt.
on May 1,2014 | 05:25PM
boshio wrote:
Nothing more than a legal bribe to "preserve" land. The developers are the winners and are laughing all the way to the bank, and the people again are the losers. We will all pay for an easement to the ocean. Wonder what bribe Abercrombie gave to the house members, and wonder where will they steal the money from other pots to pay for this.
on May 1,2014 | 01:52PM
hanalei395 wrote:
This real name for this area is Kuilima. But now, it's called "Turtle Bay". Stupid name.
on May 1,2014 | 01:56PM
DanLBoom wrote:
Heard of Camp Three? or how we used to say "Camp tree".
on May 1,2014 | 07:09PM
Graham wrote:
40M in bonds in addition to the 1B plus bonds issued since 2012...who will pay when the bonds are redeemed???
on May 1,2014 | 03:15PM
medigogo wrote:
It seems the state budget is quite "fluid" as they said. When they need the money, they'll always be able to be creative in finding it somewhere. Sen. Ige is the expert.
on May 1,2014 | 04:20PM
postmanx wrote:
Yes!, Kawela Bay is saved. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard on this!
on May 1,2014 | 05:31PM
DanLBoom wrote:
Everybody Wins!! Now Can We please Build that public park at Kawela Bay?? .......as originally proposed..or was it just a proposal?? Come on Now Sen.Clayton Hee,lets do this. Imua
on May 1,2014 | 07:12PM
bumby2day wrote:
GOV. NEIL ABERCROMBIE HAS NO MONEY FOR THE HOMELESS ? BUT CAN FIND MONEY FOR THIS LAND, NOT ONE CENTS FOR THE HOMELESS GOT LOTS OF MONEY FOR EVERYTHING HE WANTS. I FORGOT, MY BACK HOMELESS PEOPLE DON'T VOTE.
on May 1,2014 | 07:29PM
postmanx wrote:
Homeless people don't vote, but they should...Things would change fast for them if they did vote.
on May 1,2014 | 08:45PM
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