Ka Iwi Coast opened to the public for the second time in 40 years
Non profit Livable Hawaii Kai Hui and other groups worked together to buy the 182 acre land.
A community group dedicated 40 years to save parts of East Honolulu from development. It owns part of it now and invited the public to hike up the coastline. KITV4 tagged along on the hike and talked with new and old advocates who say preserving is the only way for future generations to enjoy the aina.
"The story of this land is so amazing and so impressive. If we didn't maintain the connection between people and the land. Those stories would be lost. Those stories are part of what makes us who we are," Marti Townsend, Sierra Club of Hawaii, said.
Previous development proposals for the coastline included a golf school and vacation cabins. Many say they are against it since the beginning.
"This preservation really started from the Save Sandy Beach Movement in the 80s and over the years as generations go, it's important for the next generation to step up," Kendrick Chang, Livable Hawaii Kai Hui, said.
Non profit Livable Hawaii Kai Hui and other groups worked together to buy the 182 acre land. The city and state also pitched in money to make the $4 million purchase in 2015.
"It's very important for all of these partners to work together to keep this area wild and natural for future generations," Phil Estermann, Sandy Beach Initiative Coalition, said.
"I'm proud of what the community has done and what the community has is a gem for preservation of the land in Hawaii Kai," Rep. Gene Ward said.
Part of the conservation agreement is to open up the property to the public a certain amount each year. There's a lot of tall brush throughout the 1.5 mile hike so volunteers have to spend weeks clearing the path for hikers to trek on. But conservation groups say there's more work to do like replanting native plants along the trail and maintaining it.
"Our goal is to really make sure people have a relationship with their neighborhood natural environment," Townsend said.
There's another public hike on Monday.
Moderate hikes: departing at 6:30 am, 7:30 am, 8:30 am
Advanced hikes: departing at 7:00 am, 8:00 am.
Email Raeanne.Cobb-Adams@tpl.org to reserve a spot.