By Rick Blangiardi
What lands should we protect? That's a question looming before us in countless scenarios, most recently with controversies over TMT, Kawela Bay and proposed developments on prime agricultural lands. Multiple views make the decisions difficult.
But in the case of the Ka Iwi Coast, that breathtaking stretch on Kalaniana'ole Highway from Sandy Beach to Makapu'u, it's a no brainer.
For the last 40 years, thousands of community citizens, the city and the state have worked together to keep this treasured landscape free from development.
Now, we, as a community can protect these lands forever. The last two parcels, 182 acres on the mauka side between the Hawai'i Kai Golf Course and Makapu'u are for sale for $4 million. The city has dedicated $2.5 million and the state, $1 million.
The purchase agreement with the Ka Iwi Coalition and Trust for Public Land states that the remainder, $500,000, must be raised from the community. The deadline is August 30.
Whether you fish, bodysurf, hike or just love the scenery as you make the drive, we urge you to make a commitment to save and steward this land today. Please join the 'ohana to Save Ka Iwi Coast and give your kokua now at kaiwicoast.com