North Shore Community Land Trust

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North Shore Community Land Trust, (NSCLT) seeks to acquire and protect North Shore land with open space value.

Campaign for Pupukea-Paumalu

According the NSCLT website, its current campaign is to acquire for the public the "Pupukea-Paumalu" area:

"Pupukea-Paumalu" is a significant natural area on the North Shore that is highly visible from Kamehameha Highway, North Shore beaches, and from the coastal waters it overlooks. The property drew attention 15 years ago when plans for 500 homes on the area were announced. Fortunately, those plans were never realized. Once the community learned the property had been placed for sale the North Shore Community Land Trust (NSCLT) worked to raise over $7M to acquire and protect the property.

NSCLT is now in the process of raising an additional $1 million to finalize the purchase and to permanently protect the area. NSCLT and project partner the Trust for Public Land (TPL) launched the "Campaign for Pupukea-Paumalu" recently in order to raise the final $1 million necessary to permanently protect the 1,129 acre bluff property for the public.

The Pupukea-Paumalu property is for sale for by the Obayashi Corporation of Japan. This presents a once in a life-time opportunity to safeguard and strengthen Oahu's heritage, visitor economy, and quality of life.

In a Honolulu Star-Bulletin article dated January 6, 2006 and entitled, City adds $1M to Pupukea preservation, the following was reported:

The city is giving $1 million to help a nonprofit trust acquire and protect the Pupukea Paumalu forest bluff on Oahu's North Shore.


Josh Stanbro, Hawaii project manager for the Trust for Public Land (TPL), said his organization will partner with the city Department of Parks and Recreation and the Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources' Parks Division to preserve the area.


Plans call for a large upper portion of the property to be turned over to the state for hiking, outdoor education and native plant restoration, as well as agriculture and forestry activities. The smaller lower portion, which comes down to the North Shore's main road, would go to the city as a possible expansion of Sunset Beach Community Park.

The Trust for Public Land and the North Shore Community Land Trust have already raised more than $800,000 in private donations and $7 million from federal, state, county and private sources.

Board of Directors

  • Blake McElheny, President
  • Roberts Leinau, Vice President
  • Chip Hartman, Treasurer
  • "Aunty" Ka'ula Chun
  • Adam Borrello
  • Larry McElheny
  • Denise Antolini
  • Tom Lenchanko

External Links

  • North Shore Community Land Trust
  • Da Silva, Alexandre. Auction aids effort to preserve forest Honolulu Star-Bulletin, December 10, 2005.
  • City adds $1M to Pupukea preservation -- A private buyer will work with the city and state on public uses Honolulu Star-Bulletin, January 5, 2006.
  • Aguiar, Eloise. Persistence, patience pay off for preserving North Shore land Honolulu Advertiser, November 28, 2006.
  • Leone, Diana. Trust will buy North Shore land -- The 1,100-acre Pupukea-Paumalu bluff-top property offers a bird's-eye view of North Shore surf spots Honolulu Star-Bulletin, January 16, 2007.
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