Jun 19, 2012
By Jim Mendoza
HALEIWA (HawaiiNewsNow) – Three and a-half acres of oceanfront land on Oahu’s North Shore could be heading to the highest bidder, and the bidding would start at $300,000. The property is on the mauka side of Kamehameha Highway opposite Haleiwa Beach Park.
Some feel auctioning the Haleiwa Regional Park vacant parcels reclaims wasted space.
“If we can get this parcel sold to something that is really meaningful for the community, I think this would be the best thing,” Haleiwa business owner Susan Matsushima said.
But others argue that the land is already utilized.
“It’s used by a wide variety of people, families and children that are doing work in the Hawaiian fishpond. It’s used by the North Shore canoe club, paddlers who park here to go access the ocean, and just families who need a place to safely park and get into the beach,” said Blake McElheny of Save Haleiwa Beach Park Coalition.
The idea to sell started with the city’s budget and finance department. It was sent to City Council Chairman Ernie Martin. He agrees it’s time to unload the property.
“There are no plans now or in the immediate future to ever develop that parcel,” he said.
Martin introduced a resolution that limits bidding to the two abutting property owners, and stipulates the buyer develop a portion of the parcels as a park…
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