“A Day on the Land” workday at Kahuku Point along the recently preserved shoreline surrounding Turtle Bay Resort
(News release issued by The Trust for Public Land)
Release Date: 8/20/2016
Photo credit: John Bilderback
HONOLULU, HI - August 20, 2016 - Over 120 volunteers joined The Trust for Public Land today on Oahu’s North Shore to partake in a communal land restoration effort. The participants— including donors, board members, and volunteers from a myriad of companies and organizations— helped steward the remarkable area by eradicating invasive species, planting native plants, and removing debris from the beach. Aptly named A Day on the Land, the venture emphasizes community connections to restoration of the extraordinary Kahuku Point. One of the last undeveloped wild shorelines on Oahu, this rugged, windswept coast—much loved by the community— is home to endangered monk seals and green sea turtles, and whales breach just off shore in the crystal-clear ocean. Island residents and tourists alike flock here get away from Oahu’s urban centers, to enjoy uncrowded beaches, surfing, fishing, and coastal hiking on the state’s most developed island.
Kahuku Point provided volunteers with the opportunity to learn about native plants and animals that thrive here, as well as the impact invasive species have on the area. Volunteers learned from and assisted the Point’s permanent stewards: The North Shore Community Land Trust.
The workday was sponsored and attended by volunteers from Hawaiian Electric, Morgan Stanley, Alaska Airlines, HMSA, Central Pacific Bank, Alexander & Baldwin, Alton Hunt Floyd & Ing, and more!
“Caring for the environment is such an integral part of what we do every day and it’s why we partner with organizations like The Trust for Public Land to advance initiatives that will preserve and protect Hawaii’s unique cultural sites and their wildlife inhabitants,” said Earlynne Maile, who leads the Hawaiian Electric team that is modernizing and improving the island’s electric grid. Maile, a Trust for Public Land board member, volunteered with other Hawaiian Electric employees from the Environmental and Education & Consumer Affairs departments, and their family members and friends. Company volunteers have participated in TPL “A Day on the Land” workdays since 2013.
“Central Pacific Bank is thrilled to play a role in preserving Kahuku Point. It's so important to maintain one of Oahu's only remaining undeveloped shorelines." said Catherine Ngo, Central Pacific Bank’s President and CEO.
“Kahuku Point is truly special place. The Trust for Public Land is so grateful to the State, City, and Army funding partners that contributed $45 million to conserve this area, to the landowner Turtle Bay Resort that agreed to work with us, and to the steadfast North Shore community members and organizations that supported protecting this coastline. We are pleased that the community’s vision of a wild and restored coastline is bearing fruit,” said Gregg Takara, The Trust for Public Land’s Advisory Board Chair and Senior Vice President of sponsoring company Morgan Stanley.
Until recently, the future of this rare coastline was endangered by development rights granted decades ago that withstood multiple legal challenges. Past entitlements included five new hotels, thousands of resort residences, and additional commercial centers. For years, development on this coast has been fervently opposed by all who love Oahu’s wild North Shore. A $45M conservation deal was completed by the State of Hawaii, The City and County of Honolulu, The U.S. Army, and The Trust for Public Land in October 2015, which keeps 628 coastal acres undeveloped and open for wildlife and public enjoyment in perpetuity. Proceeds from A Day on the Land will help support the conservation in perpetuity of similarly extraordinary landscapes.
Aohe hana nui ke alu ia— No task is too big when done together by all perfectly characterizes the effort of conservation and restoration completed by the 140 volunteers who dedicated their time to steward such a precious natural resource. For a list of community workdays or to make a donation, call (808) 524-8694, visit http://www.tpl.org/hawaii or contact Leslie Uptain at Leslie.Uptain@tpl.org
About The Trust for Public Land:
The Trust for Public Land conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come. We believe that every person should have the opportunity to connect with nature close to home. Our focus is on the connection of people and land, and how that connection is vital to culture, quality of life, economic well-being, history, and future generations. The Trust for Public Land is a nonprofit organization that has been working here since 1979, helping to conserve over 42,000 acres of land across the Hawaiian Islands. There is more work to be done. To learn how you can help, visit http://www.tpl.org/our-work/hawaii.