KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii >> The owner of Paul Mitchell Systems, one of the world’s largest makers of hair and salon products, is donating a pristine coastal property worth millions of dollars to The Nature Conservancy.
Angus Mitchell, son of the late hairdressing icon Paul Mitchell, says his father considered the seven-acre parcel on the Big Island’s North Kona Coast his Eden.
Paul Mitchell acquired the land at Kiholo Bay in the 1980s while battling cancer but died before building a home there.
The $6.5 million property contains freshwater spring-fed pools connected to the bay, which is rich with marine life including green sea turtles. It also hosts threatened migratory shore birds.
The Nature Conservancy’s Hawaii executive director Suzanne Case says the organization will work with nonprofits and the state to develop a stewardship plan.