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Maui County acquires undeveloped shoreline property in Wailuku

May 10, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Associated Press - Maui County is taking ownership of one of the last undeveloped shoreline parcels of a once famous and vast network of wetlands and fishponds between the mouths of Waiehu and 'Iao Streams.

The Trust for Public Land said a public-private partnership made the nearly $1 million purchase of 64 acres along Kaehu Bay possible.

The property is home to numerous Hawaiian cultural sites, including agricultural terraces, former fishponds, shrines and burials.

The trust said in a statement Wednesday the coastal wetlands are potential future habitat for endangered Hawaiian waterbirds such as the aeo (Hawaiian stilt).

Last year the Maui County Council had authorized paying up to $1.7 million for the land. But the trust advised the county to delay buying after the property was put in foreclosure.



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