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Maui residents called to help care for Lipoa Point

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) - State officials are calling on Maui community members to help them take care of hundreds of acres the state just bought from Maui Land & Pineapple Co.

Department of Land and Natural Resources Maui District land agent Daniel Ornellas says the state doesn't have staffing to send people out to Lipoa Point every day. He spoke to about 50 residents at a meeting in Lahaina Wednesday.

The Maui News reports officials are urging residents to call and report suspicious or illegal activity and to keep the beach free of trash.

Ornellas says the easy answer would be to close the gate, but the department doesn't want to do that.

The state spent nearly $20 million buying 280 acres of coastal land to protect the area from development.

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