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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, March 17, 2010

State will acquire about 300 acres at former base

Advertiser Staff

The state government is in line to get about 300 acres of federal land in Kalaeloa, the former Barbers Point Naval Air Station in West O'ahu.

The land, consisting of six parcels, will be conveyed to the Hawai'i Community Development Authority.

The agency's chairman, Scott Bradley, said on Monday that the parcels contain irreplaceable Hawaiian archaeological and cultural sites. He said most of the parcels will be designated as preservation and open space with minimal development.

The air station closed in 1999. Three years later, the authority assumed responsibility for planning the redevelopment of the 3,700 acres at Kalaeloa.

Special legislation authorizing the Navy to convey the land to the authority was signed in October by President Obama.