HAWAII KAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Ka Iwi Coast Coalition hit a major milestone in an effort to raise funds Friday.
The group surpassed its $500,000 fundraising goal nine days before the deadline.
The money raised will go toward purchasing 182 acres mauka of the Ka Iwi shoreline to keep it free from development.
The other 3.5 million dollars needed will be covered by the state and city.
The Ka Iwi Coast is seven miles of scenic shoreline along the south of Oahu and stretches from Portlock all the way to Makapuu.
"So what this means now is that the community will have a stake here in the Ka Iwi Coast to care for it," said President of Livable Hawaii Kai Hui Elizabeth Reilly.
Nearly 75 percent of the donations were made from contributions less than $200.
The remaining funds will be used for cultural activities and to manage the grounds.