Lapakahi State Park

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Lapakahi State Park, HI
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Big Island Visitors Bureau/Bob Coello

In March 2011, TPL protected 17 acres of privately-owned shoreline within the Lapakahi State Historical Park. Threatened with potential development, the inholding includes hundreds of extremely well-preserved pre-contact sites, including a fishing village, canoe landing areas, and residences of konohoki or ali'i (chiefs). The purchase also provides access to the adjacent Lapakahi Marine Life Conservation District, which serves as habitat for over 116 marine species. The $2.35 million purchase of the land was made possible by matching grants from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) Coastal Estuarine and Land Conservation (CELP) Program.

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