Ka Iwi Coast
Mauka to Makai

Livable Hawaii Kai Hui
Summer Celebration

Ka Iwi Coast is Protected  

The Long and Winding Road
to Ka Iwi Coast’s Preservation

​ By Elizabeth Reilly, Livable Hawaii Kai Hui 

​The transcendent experience of making your way along the Ka Iwi coast will forever remain – thanks to the residents and visitors alike with persistence and aloha.
 
Preservation of Ka Iwi is a generational community vision spanning more than four decades in Hawaii. Finally in 2017, the community championed the preservation of the remaining mauka parcels of East Oahu’s Ka Iwi coastline – one of the most beautiful stretches of undeveloped land
in Hawaii.
 
The spirit of these lands helped create and maintain a synergy that enhanced our efforts to protect the wild and natural beauty of Ka Iwi, mauka to makai. After all, as the benefactors of those that came before us, there is a responsibility of being duty-bound to honor them and do our part. The journey was not smooth, but worth every moment.

Ka Iwi Coast Mauka Lands Map

Community Raises more than $600,000 to Purchase Ka Iwi Mauka Lands

It’s been more than a 40-year fight, but once again our community has come together to preserve the open space of the Ka Iwi Coast. More than $600,000 in donations have come in for the purchase and stewardship of 182 acres mauka (inland) of Awāwamalu, a beach known locally as Alan Davis beach. This outpouring from our ‘ohana has come in large and small amounts. With more than 75 percent of donors contributing under $200, it is clear that we can thank both the grassroots nature of our campaign and the righteousness of our cause for successes to date.
We extend a huge mahalo to the more than 2,000 donors who contributed money, time and expertise to sign wave, stuff envelopes, make banners and ask for donations. These funds will be supplemented by state and city funds to finalize the purchase of the land between the Hawai‘i Kai Golf Course and the Makapu‘u lookout, which has been threatened by private landowner development over the past decade.

Now the land will forever be protected with the ownership being held by Livable Hawai‘i Kai Hui - a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit community group dedicated to preserving the flavor of the Maunalua community.  This volunteer group is dedicated to keeping the Ka Iwi coast in its wild and natural state as the area’s previous champions also envisioned preserving community access and stewardship of these properties.

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Steering Toward the Future of Ka Iwi

With the land soon to be entrusted to the community for perpetual preservation, the Ka Iwi Coalition will begin the process of cataloging and evaluating these mauka lands. Cultural practitioners will come together to study how these lands were used by early Hawaiians. Archaeologists will be hired to study cultural artifacts. Botanists will evaluate and catalog native and invasive species.

Please leave us your email. Sign up to volunteer for a beach cleanup and consider joining one of Livable Hawaii Kai Hui’s other projects:  Pahua heiau, Keawawa wetland and the Hāwea heiau, or Aloha ‘Aina O Kamilonui nursery.

Ka Iwi Mauka Preservation Plan

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The map shows the location of the two parcels that the Livable Hawai‘i Kai Hui and The Trust for Public Land are trying to preserve with the help of the city, the state and the community. These 182 hilly acres are mauka of Kalaniana‘ole Highway between Hawai‘i Kai Golf Course and Makapu‘u. --
“If we lose the beauty of our coastline, we  lose what it means to live in Hawai‘i.”
                      Phil Estermann
                      Co-Founder, Save Sandy Beach