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For Immediate Release:
February 16, 2001
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|Dowling donation of property will create Hawaiian cultural preserve|
Maui Community College to coordinate preservation, education programs
The University of Hawai`i has received a donation of real estate on the island of Maui from UH Regent Everett Dowling's development company, Palau`ea Investors LLC.
The company recently received approval to develop a residential subdivision mauka of the southern Maui shoreline at Palau`ea Beach. The plan includes a donation to the university of more than 20 acres adjacent to the subdivision to be established as a Hawaiian cultural preserve.
University of Hawai`i President Kenneth P. Mortimer announced the gift at this morning's meeting of the UH Board of Regents.
"As it is proposed now," President Mortimer said, "this area is to be protected and maintained as a significant archeological and educational resource for the university. It will be jointly managed by the UH Manoa Center for Hawaiian Studies and Department of Anthropology and Maui Community College."
Archeologists and scholars identify the Palau`ea site as being perhaps the single most significant site in south Maui. Since the early 1970s experts have known about archeological sites there consisting of 269 features dating back some 250 to 500 years. Virtually all of the identified features are located within the preserve site.
The university will take the initial steps of establishing an advisory board to include members of the community and native Hawaiian organizations. A cultural resources management plan will be developed, and educational programs will follow.
Maui Community College will take the lead among UH programs in stewardship of the property. MCC Provost Clyde Sakamoto notes, "The proposed project at Palau`ea will provide a rich learning opportunity, a gateway into our past with an acknowledged historical legacy dating back hundreds of years. It has broad community support, and we look at this as a significant asset not only for the university, but also for Maui County and the state."
"We are grateful to Regent Dowling," president Mortimer added, "for this exceptional measure of support and this wonderful opportunity to preserve the area for generations to come."
As envisioned in its final state, the preserve will include cultural, historical, educational and interpretive facilities, native Hawaiian botanical gardens, and other features that will make it a true community and university resource. A provision in the gift sets aside funds to construct three buildings at the site - a caretaker's cottage, a garage and a research building. The gift is valued at $2 million, based on the appraised value of the land and the estimated cost of building construction.
Palau`ea Investors LLC is a partnership between Steve Goodfellow and Everett Dowling, President of the Dowling Company, Inc.