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Twenty-five years ago, protests helped stop geothermal drilling in a pristine Big Island rainforest. Now this sacred land is being restored to descendants of Hawai`i's native people.

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The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and the National Park Service announced today that the fragile and culturally rich lands of Ki'ilae surrounding the popular Pu'uhonua o H?naunau National Historical Park (also known as the "City of Refuge") have been permanently protected for public enjoyment. In the face of certain development, TPL stepped in to purchase and hold the property nearly five years ago, allowing the National Park Service the time required to obtain the necessary funding.

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The Trust for Public Land today announced that Lea Ok Soon Hong is to become director of The Trust for Public Land's Hawaiian Islands Program.

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The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) announced today that it has purchased the 25,856-acre Wao Kele o Puna forest on Hawai'i Island. The Trust For Public Land negotiated the deal for the property and purchased it from the Estate of James Campbell, and then conveyed the culturally and naturally important lands to OHA. Many partners came together to make this public purchase possible.

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The Trust for Public Land (TPL), the State of Hawai'i, and the County of Hawai'i announced today a successful end to the long community effort to save the 225-acre Honu'apo Fishpond , which has been transferred into permanent public ownership. TPL stepped in to purchase and hold the property in December of last year in order to keep it off of the private market and allow the State and County the time required to get funding approved.

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Gov. Linda Lingle, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), and the Trust For Public Land (TPL) unveiled today one of the largest conservation purchases ever facilitated by the State of Hawai'i. The agreement will protect 25,856 acres - more than 40 square miles - of Native Hawaiian rainforest known as Wao Kele o Puna that is strategically located near Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.

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The Trust for Public Land and Maui County today announced the permanent public protection of M?'olea Point, an extraordinary historic site and 70-acre coastal property between H?na and K?pahulu

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The Trust For Public Land (TPL) today praised Hawai'i's congressional delegation for securing $4.6 million in federal funding for an important addition to Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park on the Big Island of Hawai'i. The funding will be used to protect and expand the Park by acquiring the ancient Ki'ilae Fishing Village land, a historically rich 238-acre parcel adjacent to the Park that had been slated for development of residential homes.

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Guided by the leadership of U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has granted $2 million in federal funds from the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program toward the effort to purchase and protect the 1,129-acre P?p?kea-Paumal? property on O?ahu?s North Shore.

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TPL announced today that its national board had given authority to borrow the full amount of funding needed to purchase M?'olea Point and remove the property for now from the private market. The decision came only days before a purchase agreement expired between TPL and the current landowner, Hanahuli Associates.