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Sparks fly at meeting on Kakaako shoreline developments

The Kaka'ako Area The Kaka'ako Area
Curtis Crabbe Curtis Crabbe
Anthony Ching Anthony Ching
Ron Iwasa Ron Iwasa

By Holly Juscen – bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - First came the sparks, citizens outraged about plans to develop on the Kakaako shoreline area. They were blasting the consultants as they unveiled possible blueprints, some citizens are upset that some of the consultants the state hired are from the mainland.

"I think they would be a bit more sensitive to the local community, instead of spending thousand of dollars looking into to Pikes Place in Seattle, Vancouver and San Francisco," said Curtis Crabbe, a concerned citizen.

Then came the calm, a Hawaiian blessing brought everyone involved back to the focus at hand, working together to come up with the best development plan for last available shoreline open space in Honolulu.

"We are clear on the mandate that we have to build a public gathering place, sans housing, so despite a lot of controversy inside and people saying no housing no housing, it was never discussed," said Anthony Ching of the Hawaii Community Development Authority.

Part of the master plan already includes building a beachfront promenade with shops and restaurants, where the John Dominis restaurant currently is, and a parking lot that would have 1,100 spaces.

"We don't want developments to block our access, we want our free parking which is there now , so all those things come into place and we want access to the ocean," said Ron Iwasa, of the Friends of the Kewalos.

Four years ago hundreds of people rallied against the development of condos on the Kakaako Makai Area. Since then, legislation was passed that prohibits residential structures from being built, but business developments are allowed.

There will be one more community workshop in about two months where the pubic will be allowed to voice their opinion once again, then the final Kakaako Makai Master Development Plan will be complete by the fall.

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