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Boating community protests wedding chapels in Ala Wai Boat Harbor

Sheri Seybold Sheri Seybold
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By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

ALA WAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Wedding bells could soon be ringing at the Ala Wai Boat Harbor, and some harbor residents don't like the sound of it.

On Tuesday evening, they protested plans for wedding chapels in mariner territory.

Plans call for two wedding chapels, one at the boat yard repair site where the old Ala Wai building stands, and the other one over at the fuel dock.

"I can't see how it would possibly be feasible to be sanding the bottom of boats with chemicals that is in a paint that's highly toxic, while you're having restaurants and a wedding chapel going on," said Sheri Seybold, a harbor resident.

The project is called Waikiki Landing. Developer Honeybee USA plans to build a two-story building at the fuel dock and a three or four-story building at the boat yard, located right across from the Hawaii Prince Hotel.

Both buildings will have shops and restaurants surrounding the chapels.

"That's going to create a lot of extra parking demands and an incredible amount of people that are just going to be in these areas where there was once a boat yard and a fuel dock," said Gene Seybold, a harbor resident, who says there's already limited parking and competition between surfers, boaters, and other harbor users for parking spots.

That's just among the concerns harbor residents expressed at the Waikiki Neighborhood Board meeting. The fear is that harbor facilities like a laundromat will be taken away from them.

But Honeybee's lawyer, Keith Kiuchi told boaters to tell them what kind of shops and services they want, and Honeybee will try to accommodate the boating community.

Waikiki Landing is part of the Department of Land and Natural Resources plan to bring in revenue, and help make up for its budget shortfall.

"They're complaining about the fact that oh we don't have any money we need revenue and yet they leave slips empty where, they're wasting revenue," said Seybold.

Kiuchi says the state will rake in about $660,000 per year on Honeybee's project.

 

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