On April 6, 2017 the Ka Iwi Coast Mauka Lands – a culturally important and spectacular scenic coastline located in east O‘ahu that had been threatened with development for decades – was preserved in perpetuity in its natural state by the City and County of Honolulu in conjunction with the Trust for Public Land that provided the majority of the funds needed in cooperation with Ka Iwi Coalition and Livable Hawai‘i Kai Hui. This ended a 40-year-long struggle to protect this beloved landscape.
Alohahawaiionipaa.org (‘ahop.org’) as well as its supporters stepped up when the Trust for Public Land in 2015 called for the final financial support from grassroots individuals and local groups for the purchase and protection of the land. The Trust for Public Land therefore invited ‘ahop.org’ to be part of the August 5 and 6, 2018 celebration hike. The Sierra Club asked for hiking leader volunteers and two ahop.org’s Board members, also Sierra Club members, therefore acted as hiking leaders for one of the early morning hikes. It was a rewarding experience.