Date: 01/19/2012 Print This Post

Late Hairstyling Icon Paul Mitchell’s Son, Angus Mitchell, Donates His $6.5 Million Hawaiiain Treasure To The Nature Conservancy


Angus Mitchell, son of the late hairdressing and Awapuhi hair care product icon Paul Mitchell was certainly in the spirit of giving this holiday season. The current Co-Owner & Artistic Director of Paul Mitchell Systems and owner of the Angus Mitchell Salon, Beverly Hills offered a generous donation of his historic Hawaiian coastal property at Kīholo Bay, valued at $6.5 million, to The Nature Conservancy.

The transfer of ownership was commemorated with small private ceremony on December 27, 2011.

The idyllic seven-acre parcel, located on the North Kona Coast of the Island of Hawaii, is home to historic fishponds and dozens of green sea turtles and was once part of the landholdings of King Kamehameha I. Angus’s father Paul Mitchell acquired the land in late 1980s while battling cancer. He passed away in 1989.

“Today’s dedication is really based on (my father) Paul’s love for the island,” says Angus. “Kīholo Bay is such a very special place. It’s one of the last pieces of land that has not been built upon and is something that I wanted to truly conserve, and have it be seen as the kings that had once roamed this land had left it.”

“I couldn’t be more grateful than to share this land with people to enjoy it for many years to come,” he adds.

Paying homage to the land’s Hawaiian ancestors, the cultural ceremony was performed by Dr. Sam Ohu Gon III, Senior Scientist and Cultural Advisor of The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii, and “Uncle” Earl Regidor, Resort Cultural Ambassador of the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.

Following the exchange of the deed wrapped in a Hawaiian ti leaf bundle, the selected attendees formed a po`ai (circle) and joined hands during the pule (prayer) as a symbol of solidarity of thought.

This was the second donation by Angus of Hawaii lands once owned by his father– in 1999, he donated a significant cultural site, also located on the Big Island of Hawai‘i, to the Edith K. Kanaka’ole Foundation.

The Kīholo Bay parcel abuts Kiholo State Park and a few small private landholdings and is a culturally important site to native Hawaiians. Kīholo Bay is located along one of the most beautiful and remote stretches of coastline on the Big Island of Hawai‘I, which was once coveted by Hawaiian chiefs for its productive nearshore reefs and offshore fisheries, its fishponds and anchialine pools.

Now 41, the younger Mitchell has followed his father’s success into the hair care industry. He is the Owner of Angus Mitchell Salons and Co-Owner of John Paul Mitchell Systems & Schools, a multi-million dollar enterprise that trains future stylists and markets professional hair care products. He is married to Michelle Mitchell, Director of Business Development of the Angus Mitchell Companies.