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Rail EIS Uses Faulty Figures (Charles Carole)
League Provides One-Stop Voter Information (Pearl Johnson)
Ka Iwi: Embattled Coastal Lands Conserved (Elizabeth Reilly)
Two Constitutional Amendments to Be on November Ballot (Jean Aoki)
Agriculture Group Meets Sept. 7 (Pearl Johnson)
Monson Award Nominations
How League Stepped Up (Pearl Johnson)
Kyo-ya Wins Variance (Pearl Johnson)
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Ka Iwi: Embattled Coastal Lands Conserved

Since 1981, O’ahu citizens have continually organized to defend the wild natural character and scenic splendor of the southeastern tip of O’ahu. The first threat was a resort hotel and golf course planned at Queen’s Beach. Then, in 1987, the threat was a residential development directly opposite Sandy Beach Park.

Now, 29 years later, the state formalized the protected status of 215 ocean-side acres, of the Ka ‘Iwi Scenic Shoreline State Park. On the morning of June 4, 2010, the State Land Use Commission voted 7-0 to reclassify the Ka Iwi Shoreline from urban to conservation, making future development only remotely possible. The change was requested by Abbey Seth Mayer of the state’s Office of Planning at the prompting of Senator Fred Hemmings in conjunction with the Ka Iwi Coalition and Livable Hawaii Kai Hui.

Longtime Coalition leader and spokesman Phil Estermann has since said the expected reclassification guarantees the integrity of the entire Koko Head-to-Makapu’u coast, and “reflects the will of the people and the spirit of aloha aina.” Estermann spent the last five years helping shape and mentor key members of the Ka Iwi Coalition who pledge to stay vigilant and ensure the mountainside of the Ka Iwi coast remains unspoiled (a.k.a. “No Cabins on Ka Iwi”) and in its wild natural state.  

In a press release dated June 4, 2010 the Governor noted “…the battle to preserve Ka Iwi for future generations is not over.  The mauka area is not designated conservation, and the potential development of this land remains of paramount concern to the community.” To that end we quote Phil Estermann, “If we lose the beauty of our coastline, you lose what it means to live Hawaii”

Elizabeth Reilly

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