West Oahu community to give input on rail transit

Scott Ishikawa
Scott Ishikawa
Morley Margolis
Morley Margolis

By Duane Shimogawa bio | email

KAPOLEI (KHNL)- Rail transit picks up speed towards its ground-breaking and construction at the end of this year.

People in West Oahu get their turn to decide what the rail stations there should look like.

"What we want to try to do is capture the community's personality and character and have that reflect the station itself," City and County of Honolulu Rail Transit spokesperson Scott Ishikawa said.

There will be three rail stations in West Oahu. One near the Department of Hawaiian Homelands development, another by the UH West Oahu campus and one near the Ho'opili development. The first of three community workshops is set for this Tuesday night at Kapolei High School.

The Waipahu community gave its input on what its rail station should look like. Now, it's the people of Kapolei's turn to decide the fate of theirs.

"Waipahu has a rich plantation history and I think they're going to try and reflect that in their station, Kapolei, being a new community, they may go with something different, they may go on a Hawaiian background for that particular area," Ishikawa said.

He says it's important for people to attend these workshops.

"I think government has been criticized many times for not getting resident's input, I think this is a good way to do it," he said.

Some people in Kapolei feel the rail stations should look like the new buildings in town, while others don't have an opinion just yet.

"I really don't care what it looks like, as long as it's effective and appropriate for the setting that it's in and suits my needs," Makakilo resident Morley Margolis said.

Those who attend the workshops will be broken down into groups, to get ideas on the table. The second meeting will show a rough design.

"Like the Honolulu Advertiser, the courthouse and the government offices, they're all brand new buildings so it should be compatible or consistent with those, the architecture of those buildings," Kapolei resident Nita Peters said.

The final design will be unveiled at the third workshop. The workshop on Tuesday is free. You can RSVP by calling 566-2299 or e-mailing info@honolulutransit.org.