Waipio Valley residents try to secure land's future

Waipio Valley residents try to secure land's future

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A group of Waipio Valley residents is working with the valley's primary landowners to ensure farmers are protected as new stewardship plans are drawn up for the land on Oahu.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that the Waipio Valley Stakeholders Alliance has been in discussions with the Bishop Museum since the museum announced in January it would sell 547 acres. The land includes a majority of Waipio's taro farms.

Museum CEO Blair Collis says ensuring the valley stays connected to its history remains a priority for the museum as it looks to sell the property. But he says the location is not suitable for carrying out agricultural stewardship.

The alliance has also worked with state lawmakers to create a joint resolution that will ensure residents stay involved throughout the process.

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