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Kakaako Development Opposition Meets with Governor

Members of Save Our Kakaako gather outside the State Capitol on Wednesday. Members of Save Our Kakaako gather outside the State Capitol on Wednesday.

(KHNL) Members of the group "Save our Kaka'ako" walked out of the governor's office with dissatisfaction on Wednesday.

"I guess half and half. I'm not pleased, because she told us she won't stop it. But she did give us avenues where we can stop it," said Ron Iwami of Save our Kaka'ako.

Iwami says the group wanted to persuade Governor Lingle to stop the waterfront development project.

"She said she cannot really stop it, but HCDA can because they're the authority on the development."

Right now, the state run Hawaii Community Development Authority is in charge of the project.

Alexander and Baldwin Properties was awarded the contract.

A&B scaled back its plans by cutting the amount of condo towers planned for the area. But those who oppose the development say it's not enough.

"If we allow the sale of public land, if we allow the towers to be built, its going to set a precedence to that whole Kaka'ako peninsula to become another Waikiki."

The group gave the governor a list of requests. Lingle was not available for comment.

"I told the Governor, in her address, you said protect the things that make hawaii special, this is one of them here. And looking at the big picture, not just Kaka'ako, the entire state of Hawaii, enough already of development."

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