Aloha Hāna and Hāna Supporters,
We are all going through a very difficult time with the coronavirus epidemic which is affecting everyone in the world. This concern is the focus and most important issue that matters. So this is a difficult time to announce and celebrate, however we would like to share some good news.
Ke Ao Hāli‘i is pleased to announce that on 31 March 2020, the land purchase transaction between Hana Ranch Partners LLC and Ke Ao Hāli‘i was completed and recorded at the Bureau of Conveyance. Ke Ao Hāli‘i along with the Hāna community are now the stewards of 27 acres of Mokae/ Kaholaiki land (TMK 2-1-4-010-004).
Mahalo nui Ke Akua for making the way. Without Ke Akua, we could never have accomplished this task. Mahalo nui to our kūpuna for giving us the oversight so what we do is pono for the ‘āina and for each other. Mahalo nui Hāna and all our supporters for your aloha and kokua in achieving our initial goal for this ‘āina to prevent development by securing fee simple title. The property is now forever restricted by a conservation easement, held by Hawaiian Islands Land Trust and the County of Maui, which prohibits subdivision and development in perpetuity.
Mahalo to Hana Ranch Partners for their commitment to seeing this land dedicated to conservation. Mahalo nui to the Maui County Open Space Fund, including Mayor Victorino, Councilmember Sinenci and all of the Maui County Council Members; mahalo to the Hawai‘i State Legacy Land Conservation Program, with the support of Senator English and Representative DeCoite; and mahalo to the generous donors within the Hāna Community, all for the financial support that made this acquisition possible.
We had planned to meet directly with the community in March and April so we could inform you about Ke Ao Hāli‘i, what we were doing, and to get your mana‘o on our Management Plan. We will do this community outreach after the epidemic is conquered and our lives return somewhat back to normal with a better understanding of what we have learned. May Ke Akua bless us all.
Mahalo nui and Malama pono, Ke Ao Hāli’i