Clash over Hoopili Project intensifies

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The clash over Hoopili is intensifying as critics urge the state not to allow the massive new development on what is now prime farm land.

Both sides rallied outside during a hearing at the Land Use Commission on Thursday.

The Hoopili developer wants to build than 11-thousand homes in Kapolei with small community farms intended to replace the 'commercial agriculture' that's now in place.

But first the Land Use Commission would have to approve changing the land.

"There's a real contest between development and forming development and then taking AG land to do just that," said Cynthia Frith who opposes the Hoopili project.

"I just think really what Hoopili does is, like I said, gives people the opportunity to live a new kind of lifestyle in a community built around agriculture,' said Cameron Nekota Division Vice President of D.R. Horton-Schuler.

Hoopili's supporters say 7 thousand new jobs will be created, and they have the backing of three neighborhood boards.