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<br /> <br />Wil Okabe <br /> <br />Managing Director <br /> <br /> <br />Harry Kim <br />Mayor <br /> <br />Barbara J. Kossow <br /> Deputy Managing Director <br /> <br />County of Hawai‘i <br />Office of the Mayor <br />25 Aupuni Street, Suite 2603  Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720  (808) 961-8211  Fax (808) 961-6553 <br />KONA: 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy., Bldg. C  Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i 96740 <br />(808) 323-4444  Fax (808) 323-4440 <br /> <br />NEWS RELEASE <br /> <br />April 3, 2017 <br /> <br />Open Space Commission Seeks Suggestions for Lands to be Permanently Preserved <br /> <br />Do you know of a special property in Hawai‘i County that should be permanently preserved? <br />The County of Hawai‘i Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources Preservation <br />Commission (PONC) is seeking suggestions from the public regarding lands that should be <br />preserved because of historic or cultural significance. <br /> <br />Properties might qualify for permanent preservation because they offer opportunities for outdoor <br />recreation and education, or involve public access to beaches or mountains. Such candidates for <br />permanent preservation could be forests, beaches, coastal areas, and places of natural beauty, or <br />involve the protection of natural resources and watershed lands or general benefits to the public. <br />Suggestion forms are due by June 30, 2017. <br /> <br />To obtain a form to suggest properties, click on <br />, or mail your <br />request for a form at County Property Management Division, 25 Aupuni Street, Suite 1101, Hilo, <br />HI 96720. <br /> <br />PONC funds are derived from 2% of Hawai‘i County’s annual real property tax revenues. <br /> <br />Past open space purchases total 4,428 acres, and include Kahua Olohu in Nā‘ālehu town, Kahuku <br />Coastal Property and Kāwā oceanfront parcels in Ka‘ū; Kaiholena, Pa‘o‘o and Hāwī Banyan <br />Trees property in North Kohala; Kīpapa Park, White Sands Mauka and ‘O‘oma in North Kona; <br />property near Waipi‘o Lookout in Hāmākua; and Pohoiki Bay in Puna. <br /> <br />The Commission meets every other month at the Hilo County Building or the West Hawai’i <br />Civic Center, and public testimony is welcome. For information on the property selection <br />process, go to: <br /> <br />For further information, please contact Hamana Ventura, County Property Management <br />Division, at (808) 961-8009 or visit the website at: <br /> <br />County of Hawai‘i is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer. <br />