2014

A Major Break Through...

 

Friday April 18, 2014

An historic agreement to conserve Kawela Bay, Kahuku Point and approximately 80 percent of the Turtle Bay Resort lands was announced yesterday by Governor Neil Abercrombie, Senator Clayton Hee, Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Council Chair Ernie Martin,  Attorney General David Loui, Turtle Bay Resort's Drew Stotesbury, Trust for Public Land's Lea Hong, and North Shore Community Land Trust's Doug Cole. Attached is the revised development plan from today's article in the Honolulu Star Advertiser. You can watch the replay of yesterday's press conference online at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/govabercrombie

This is a major break through in efforts to reduce the scale of resort expansion and the related environmental and traffic impacts from the 1986 plan to develop new 3500 resort units.  We applaud the resort management team, state and city government officials and the land trust representatives for their successful negotiations that will preserve miles of precious coastline for public benefit and enjoyment, in perpetuity.

The investment to conserve these lands is $48.5 million.  The state's portion will be $40 million, the city will contribute $5 million and the Trust for Public Land will bring in $3.5 million.  Final budget and legislative negotiations are in progress for the 2014 State Legislative Session, which concludes on May 1, 2014.  Please contact your state representative and senator - today - to let them know you support this conservation plan.  You can find contact information for your legislators here: http://capitol.hawaii.gov/findleg.aspx

A rally in support and celebration of this important agreement will be held at the Turtle Bay Resort entrance along Kamehameha Hwy tomorrow, Saturday, April 19th, beginning at 1 pm.  This will be an energetic and fun event, so please join us if you can. This agreement is essential to progress in conserving the Turtle Bay makai lands. 

Keep the North Shore Country and its co plaintiff, Sierra Club, Hawaii Chapter, were not involved in these negotiations and our lawsuit is not directly affected by this agreement.  The focus of our lawsuit is on the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. We will continue to evaluate options as more details become available.  In the meantime, we are very encouraged by yesterday's announcement. 

Our April 5th fundraiser, "An Evening at Waimea," was a huge success.  Everyone had fun, the  entertainment and food were great, all tables sold out (over 275 attended), every auction item sold and KNSC received many donations, large and small.  We replenished the funds spent to initiate our legal challenge.  Tax deductible contributions are always welcome at www.KeeptheNorthShoreCountry.org

Your enthusiasm and support have been instrumental in the progress in Keeping the North Shore Country.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turtle Bay Fights Back!

 

Friday April 18, 2014

An historic agreement to conserve Kawela Bay, Kahuku Point and approximately 80 percent of the Turtle Bay Resort lands was announced yesterday by Governor Neil Abercrombie, Senator Clayton Hee, Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Council Chair Ernie Martin,  Attorney General David Loui, Turtle Bay Resort's Drew Stotesbury, Trust for Public Land's Lea Hong, and North Shore Community Land Trust's Doug Cole. Attached is the revised development plan from today's article in the Honolulu Star Advertiser : http://www.ustream.tv/channel/govabercrombie

This is a major break through in efforts to reduce the scale of resort expansion and the related environmental and traffic impacts from the 1986 plan to develop new 3500 resort units.  We applaud the resort management team, state and city government officials and the land trust representatives for their successful negotiations that will preserve miles of precious coastline for public benefit and enjoyment, in perpetuity.