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Pupukea, an area above the bluffs, mauka of the North Shore on Oahu, overlooking Sunset Beach.

The Trust for Public Land is in the process of acquiring 1,129 acres land in Pupukea from Obayashi Corp. later this year and protect it from being developed. The trust is partnering with the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources' Parks Division in preserving the area.

Obayashi Corp. bought the land for $7 million in 1974 has put the property on the market recently after being unsuccessful in its development efforts.

In a Star-Bulletin article dated January 5, 2006, the following was reported:

The land, between Paumalu Gulch and Pupukea Heights, borders popular youth camps and forms a scenic backdrop to surf competitions, television shows and movies.

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.

Last month, North Shore musician Jack Johnson auctioned off a guitar and gave the proceeds to the trust. The auction also displayed several surfboards signed by top professional surfers and a painting by Robert Wyland that was also signed by the marine wildlife artist.

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