By Pacific Business News (Honolulu)

Kamehameha Schoolsâ¿¿ plan for 26,000 acres its trust owns along the North Shore of Oahu has been awarded a 2011 National Planning Excellence Award for Innovation in Sustaining Places from the American Planning Association.

⿿North Shore Plan: From Paalaa to Kapaeloa⿝ is among this year⿿s award winners. Kamehameha representatives will be presented with the award at the American Planning Association⿿s National Planning Conference in April, according to a statement from the association.

Kamehameha Schoolsâ¿¿ plan covers the trustâ¿¿s agricultural, residential, commercial and conservation lands on the North Shore of Oahu. Conservation would total 15,000 acres, residential and commercial land along Kamehameha Highway would account for 2,000 acres and 9,000 acres would be used as agricultural lands; of the agricultural lands, 2,500 acres are currently used for diversified agriculture, according to a spokeswoman from Kamehameha Schools.

Kamehameha Schools collaborated with Group 70 International and North Shore constituencies to develop the North Shore Plan during an 18-month span beginning in 2007. The plan includes seven catalyst projects, including agriculture water system improvements, restoring the Loko Ea fishpond, and developing alternative energy such as solar and wind. Most of the projects are currently being implemented, with a tentative timeframe for completion of 2012, according to the spokeswoman from Kamehameha Schools.

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