Oprah to Buy Seven Hawaii Lots

Monday, April 29th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

HANA, Hawaii (AP) _ Oprah Winfrey and her former personal trainer are buying seven shoreline lots to build several homes, including one on a 102-acre lot for the talk-show celebrity, Winfrey's spokesman said.

Winfrey and trainer Bob Greene will put conservation first and keep site development low key, said Bill Newsom, the trust administrator for one of the principal owners, the Gordon P. Getty Family Trust.

Several archaeological sites exist on the Lehoula property, including a cinder cone called ``Ka Iwi O Pele,'' or the bones of the volcano goddess Pele. Lehoula is also the site of the first Hawaiian fishpond.

Winfrey's spokesman, Gideon Kaufman said there will be no building on the cinder cone. Winfrey and Greene ``want to be good neighbors.''

State Sen. J. Kalani English, whose family home is near the Hamoa Bay lots, was curious about how the new owners will view the community.

``We're very pleased that someone of her caliber and sensitivity to people has made a commitment to build a residence in Hamoa village,'' he said. ``We'd like to invite her to meet with the community. We'll have a whole bunch of local food. Will she eat opihi? Will she eat raw fish? We'll try her out.''