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East Side activists get set to launch a mad-dash fundraising appeal on behalf of the complete and permanent protection of Oahu’s spectacular southeast coast.

Right now, it’s all hands on deck as Oahu begins a two-month race to crowdsource $500,000. That’s the amount of kokua necessary to complete the protection of the island’s Ka Iwi coast, one of the most accessible and spectacular stretches of wild coastline in the Hawaiian archipelago.

The money will nail down the purchase of 182 acres of hilly scrub in two parcels just mauka of Kalanianaole Highway, between the Hawaii Kai Golf Course and the Makapuu lookout — the last chunks of privately held and potentially developable land in the otherwise protected landscape. The deadline for sealing the deal with the landowners is a little more than two months away: Aug. 30, 2015.

The state and city already chipped in. So did the Trust for Public Land, the nonprofit facilitating the deal with an arsenal of tools too arcane to describe here.

Representatives from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, the Trust for Public Land, the Sierra Club and the Livable Hawaii Kai Hui tour Queen’s Rise, the easternmost of two Ka Iwi mauka parcels for sale, last September.

Courtesy of Greg Knudsen

Leading the campaign is an organization called Livable Hawaii Kai Hui. Dedicated to upholding the integrity of the East Honolulu Sustainable Communities Plan, the all-volunteer group, under the leadership of Elizabeth Reilly, Allen Tataishi, Gary Weller and Ann Marie Kirk, has an impressive track record: Among other things, it protected Hawaii Kai’s