On June 30, 2006 the Office of Hawaiian Affairs became the legal owner of Waimea Valley, after months of negotiations and hard work. Title transferred to Hi‘ipaka LLC in 2007 as part of an organizational design to facilitate the functionality of the non-profit entity.
On Dec. 7, 2005, the Honolulu City Council considered a settlement offer which would have subdivided the valley. Faced with large protests from the community and many organizations, including OHA, the council rejected the settlement, and renewed negotiations over the fate of the valley began. On Jan. 5, 2006, the OHA Board of Trustees authorized the purchase of Waimea Valley, in cooperation with the City and County of Honolulu, the U.S. Army, Trust for Public Land, and the State Department of Land and Natural Resources.
OHA Administrator Clyde W. Nāmu‘o stated that, “We are very grateful to all of our partners in this transaction who have worked so hard to protect this sacred place.
We acknowledge the contributions of the City Council and the Mayor; the Legislature, Governor and DLNR Chair Peter Young; the Trust for Public Land and the U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii in making this happen.
“The bottom line is that the ahupua`a that is this valley is going to remain intact,” said OHA Chairperson Haunani Apoliona. “OHA will ensure that Native Hawaiians will have a direct benefit and relationship with Waimea Valley. OHA will also ensure that the people of Oahu, the State of Hawaii, the nation and the world grow in respect for, are renewed by, care for and support, learn from and celebrate this land of our ancestors, Waimea Valley.”
Hi“ipaka’s holding title to Waimea Valley ensures protection and preservation of cultural and natural resources for Native Hawaiians, the entire Hawaii community and the world.