Conservation Deal Will Protect 468 Acres of North Shore

Apr 5, 2016

Credit Sean Davey

468 acres of North Shore land across the street from the Turtle Bay resort will be forever preserved from development.

State officials and landowners of the resort announced an “agricultural conversion easement” to permanently reserve the land for agricultural uses.  The deal prohibits future subdivision, changes in zoning, and residential or resort development.  Twelve farmers are currently working the land by growing fruits, vegetables, and taro.

The easement was purchased through a national non-profit land conservation organization called “The Trust for Public Land”.  Lea Hong is the director of the Trust for Public Land Hawai‘i.

Part of the agreement will set aside a two-mile area for the City and County of Honolulu to install a bike path along Kamehameha highway.