Luau to raise funds
to protect Maui shore

Star-Bulletin staff

The Maui Coastal Land Trust will hold its second "Buy Back the Beach" Benefit Luau on Feb. 1 to help it buy and manage 277 shoreline acres in Waihee.

The trust is in negotiations to buy the old Waihee Dairy site on Maui's northwestern shoreline and plans to establish an endowment to support ongoing community efforts to protect the area, which includes several heiaus, a number of burial sites and a dune system that is an important habitat for endangered birds and other species.

The nonprofit has tentative commitments of up to $4 million in grants from Maui County and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and hopes to raise another $2 million from private donations to acquire "this jewel," said Diane Lee, trust program associate.

The 5:30 p.m. luau at the Old Lahaina Luau will feature Liz "Kopa'a Tita" Morales, Keli'i Tau'a, Raiatea Helm, Na Makamaka, the Ladies of I Kona Mau Lima, the Old Lahaina Luau Dancers, and live and silent auctions.

Tickets are $65 each or $500 for a table of eight. For information, call the Maui Coastal Land Trust office at 244-5263.

Maui Coastal Land Trust

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