Hawaii awards grant to support group's garden acquisition

Hawaii awards grant to support group's garden acquisition
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KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii has awarded a nonprofit group $750,000 to help fund the purchase of a garden that supports traditional Hawaiian land use and plants on the Big Island.

West Hawaii Today reports the board of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources approved the grant Friday for Friends of Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden.

The group formed after the Bishop Museum announced in 2016 that it would divest of the 13-acre garden. The property closed to the public shortly after that announcement.

Group president Maile Melrose says the grant through the Legacy Land Conservation Program still requires approval by the state Legislature.

The group expects the total cost to acquire the property to be $1.6 million. The group is raising the remaining amount.

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