- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii’s largest private landowner is asking the state Land Use Commission to designate nearly 10,000 acres on Oahu as important agricultural lands.

Kamehameha Schools said Monday the land includes 421 acres in Punaluu and more than 9,100 acres on the North Shore. It also identified surrounding lands for processing facilities and farmer’s markets.

The designation will help protect the land from urbanization and promote its use for farming.

Kamehameha Schools is a private charitable educational trust endowed by the late Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop’s will.

Bishop, who died in 1884, was the last direct descendant of King Kamehameha I.

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