State and City Strike Deal on Kailua Marsh

Peter Young
Peter Young

KAILUA (KHNL) - The state, and the city and county of Honolulu have come to an agreement on managing the Kawainui marsh in Kailua. Ownership will be transferred from the city to the state along with the levee and flood control wall.

Funds for inspection and maintenance of the marsh and levee are also included in the transfer. That funding is expected to total half a million dollars during the first year, and $420,000 in the second.

"We were committed to make this work and it wasn't a matter of if this was going to happen, it was a matter of when it was going to happen. And I'm happy that we've come to a very agreeable solution to what had been a long standing conflict between the city and the state" said Peter Young of the Department of Land and Natural Rersources.

US senator Daniel Inouye is expected to seek another four million dollars in federal funds for the management of the marsh.