State acquires thousands of acres in Central Oahu for wildlife, recreation

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The state is now the new owner of nearly 2,900 acres of land in Central Oahu.

The Helemano Wilderness Recreation Area was previously owned by Dole Food Company.

It’s located at the foothills of the Koolau mountains.

The state plans to improve the area for native species by controlling invasive plants and predators, while reforesting other areas with native species and edible forest plantings.

Officials also plan to create recreational areas for the public.

“We’re going to be exploring opportunity for ADA-accessible camping areas, picnic grounds, forest product, gathering sites, hunting and diversified recreation,” said DLNR chair Suzanne Case.

The state bought the land for $15,163,800, which was funded by federal, state, and private partners.

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