State Closer To Buying Turtle Bay

Senator Clayton Hee
Senator Clayton Hee

HONOLULU (KHNL)--The future of the Turtle Bay Resort and it's undeveloped land is moving toward preservation rather than development. State lawmakers took a step closer to acquiring the resort and surrounding land. And opponents to the resort's planned development demand action from the State Land Use Commission.

Governor Lingle is making the preservation of this pristine North Shore coastline a priority.

And lawmakers gave her a huge nod of approval today.

The Turtle Bay bill is moving forward and they expect a final vote tomorrow "The bill gives the Governor the legal authority by any and all means to move forward to acquire the Turtle Bay Resort property," explains Senator Clayton Hee.

But how will they pay for it? They'll eventually sell the resort to fund the land acquisition. Already a state negotiator is talking with potential buyers.

"That would come in the way of open space for families to enjoy and future generations to enjoy forever and ever," adds Hee. Keep the country country. Also those opposed to further development appeared before the land use commission.

"Kuilima Development Corporation 23 years ago asked for reclassification 230 acres from Agriculture to Urban in order to expand the resort," explains Reverend Bob Nakata.

The land use commission approved an expansion plan back in 1986 but now opponents say Kuilima has not lived up to it's conditions and the re-zoning should be withdrawn..

Land use commissioners will hold a hearing in June.