Over 400 acres of mostly coastal Hana lands are on the market by HRP Hana LLC and other sellers.
Community members have formed an organization to help protect these lands: Ke Ao Hali‘i (protective blanket of clouds).
The purposes for which this corporation is organized are to protect and preserve the natural and cultural resources of the Hāna moku and the customary and traditional practices of Native Hawaiians of the region; to hold title to and own interests in real property or to hold easements; to preserve and manage the area’s natural, cultural, scenic, historic and marine resources for the benefit, education and enjoyment of our community and future generations.
Our initial goal is to protect the lands at Maka‘ala, Mokae and Haneo‘o areas.
Our long-term goal is to protect and have the community manage all of the lands on the market.
We are requesting support for the acquisition of these lands from the Maui County Open Space, Natural Resources, Cultural Resources and Scenic Views Preservation Special Fund as well as the state Legacy Lands Conservation Program.
In December 2018 the Legacy Lands Commission recommended funding of $2,225,625 to Ke Ao Hali’i for acquisition of parcel TMK# (2) 1-4-10-04 in Mokae.
Mayor Victorino’s proposed FY2020 budget for the County of Maui, submitted on March 25, 2019, includes a line item in the Open Space fund of $750,000 as a grant to Ke Ao Hali‘i as matching funds for the purchase of the Mokae parcel, as well as $1,500,000 toward the purchase of Maka‘alae lands. Mahalo to Mayor Victorino, and for the Maui County Council for supporting our efforts!
Please sign our petition to support County Open Space Funds for Maka’alae!
We are also actively seeking to raise operating funds from private donors and other sources, and tax-deductible donations can be made to Ke Ao Hali’i, a 501(c)(3) organization. In December we received a $5000 matching grant from an anonymous donor, so all donations will contribute toward this match. Please contribute via the PayPal Donate button or send a check to the address below. Mahalo!
This site will soon have more information about the organization, our efforts and how you can help!
PO Box 115, Hana HI 96713