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Bishop Museum Plans Sale of Waipio Valley

January 11, 2016, 8:59 AM HST
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File image by James Grenz.

File image by James Grenz.

Two Big Island properties will soon go up for sale by one of the largest museums in the state.

Bishop Museum confirmed last week that its 537 acres of Waipio Valley will go up for sale, along with the 15-acre Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Kealakekua.

Bishop Museum President and Chief Executive Officer Blair Collins told Pacific Business News that the sale of the properties will allow the museum to focus and expand on its main Kapalama campus on Oahu.

Seventy percent of Waipio Valley is owned by the museum. The property is valued at about $10 million.

In 2014, a bill was introduced that would have allowed the State of Hawai’i to purchase the land. No action moved forward.

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Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, located in Kealakekua, was passed on to Bishop Museum in 1974.

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Neither property currently have a sale deadline.

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