KEWALO BASIN, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii Community Development Authority is set to select Wednesday one of two proposals for development of the adjacent lands surrounding the Kewalo Small Boat Harbor off of Ala Moana Boulevard near Ward Avenue.
The HCDA, a state agency that manages the surrounding harbor land and overall Kakaako development, will take final public testimony on the two competing "best and final" proposals at its 9 a.m. meeting Wednesday at the HCDA meeting room, 547 Queen Street, second floor.
HCDA spokeswoman Lindsey Doi said via email that the board will deliberate after all the public testimony is heard. They are expecting a large turnout.
Howard Hughes Corporation of Texas -- which now has the management lease on the harbor and is already spending $15 million in harbor improvements and owns the new 60-acre Ward Village development across the street -- is proposing to spend about $6 million to bring the whole area together with the creation of an urban fishing village, waterfront promenade, commercial retail shops and new facilities for the harbor master and city lifeguards.
Friends of Kewalos is supporting the Howard Hughes plan which they believe is more low key and fitting for the commercial fishing area, and say it can be completed relatively quickly.
The second proposal by Kakaako Waterfront Partners, a group of Japanese investors, is larger in scope and in upwards of $40 million. The plan includes restaurants, cafes, a farmers market, and a multi-use facility that could be used for weddings and other forms of live entertainment. It will also include a sunset lounge, lei stand, community garden, water feature and parking structure.
To attend the HCDA meeting:
547 Queen Street, 2nd Floor
Review agenda: http://dbedt.hawaii.gov/hcda/files/2015/11/2015-1202-KAKAAKO-AGENDA.pdf