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Bishop Museum looks for 'better steward' for Waipio Valley

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HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Bishop Museum officials say they are looking to find a new owner for the museum's land in the Waipio Valley who understands the cultural and historic significance of the agricultural area.

West Hawaii Today and The Hawaii Tribune-Herald report the museum intends to sell its 547 acres in Waipio, which makes up more than 50 percent of the valley, as well as the Amy B.H. Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook. Museum CEO Blair Collis says the properties were valued together at $10 million a few years ago.

The land was gifted to the museum over a century ago, and was intended to be a land asset endowment. Collis says it's time to find a "better steward" for the property.

He says members of the community will be included throughout the search process.

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