The House cliffhanger vote on the last day of the legislative session was met with applause.
It was an end to a decades-long fight to keep country, country.
"I think we have to celebrate today's victory and again, it's not just for the residents of the North Shore. It's for everyone who comes to visit our slice of paradise," said Mark Cunningham.
Saving Turtle Bay came by way of an out-of- the box financing deal.
The state will restructure debt at the convention center to free up 40-million dollars in bonds.
That money will go to Turtle Bay to guarantee most of the undeveloped property will stay undeveloped.
But the last minute deal and criticism about the process came from some lawmakers who were clearly troubled.
“We spent more time talking about the ukulele as a state instrument than we did on this process. We asked to see the details on a 40 million dollar purchase and we have not seen that yet," said Rep. James Tokioka.
House lawmakers failed to act on another Senate bill aimed at keeping other North Shore lands in agriculture.
A land swap deal with a considerably smaller price tag to begin the appraisal process with Dole Foods failed to move.
"Really, there was no need for the money. I talked Dole’s Mr. Ching, and he wondered why there was money involved. A lot of this could be handled by discussion and you come up with a plan. Really, there was no real plan," said House Speaker Joe Souki.
Senate President Donna Kim who said she asked the House to advance the measure was disappointed.
"Certainly I am not happy that took place. We would have rather had some discussions about why there were concerns about that measure."
Two North Shore deals---one advanced, one left behind this session.