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Save fertile soil at Ho'opili site - Hawaii Editorials

There are 18 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Aug 25, 2009, titled Save fertile soil at Ho'opili site - Hawaii Editorials. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Ho'opili will be built on "prime" agricultural land, classified as A and B soils by the University of Hawaii Land Study.

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Ocean View, HI

#1 Aug 25, 2009
It will be interesting to see how this farm or build decision is decided. Money in the hand now and live from mainland ship deliveries forever? Or grow food locally and keep a little bit of "Island Style" to show the grandkids. It's either one or the other, you can't have both.

It's worth pointing out that developers never give up. They'll be back year after year with different slick presentations, different field trips and other grease for politicians. One little mistake by farmers and people who care about local food production and the excavators will be transporting all that prime topsoil to the dump.
Island Boi

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#2 Aug 25, 2009
Sad to say the union bosses totally control all aspects of the Nei, lining their pockets with bribe money and sweetheart deals from mainland developers. Hence Hoop a Hula will soon be just another cookie cutter housing area on our prime agricultural soil. Horton-Schuler only sees dollars in their pockets, no concern at all for our long term quality of life. Treeless yards, shade tree less narrow streets, energy wasting homes, all their standard of construction to take our dollars back to Texas. Why is this tolerated in the Nei? When will we wise up and tell H-S to take a hike? Sad to say never. We are proud of our third world status and will do anything to protect it. Just another day in the Nei.

San Diego, CA

#3 Aug 25, 2009
it's quite odd that we live in a place that is suppose to have so many liberal democrats that supposedly stand for protecting our land and the public

but when it comes to the issues that really matter, there is not one to be found --- because they are all co-op'd and sell out

then we are left with a few lonely voices on the fringe like a Dudley or a Carroll Cox to stand up for us

Ewa Beach, HI

#4 Aug 25, 2009
Build it and the rail will follow. Or built the rail and the development will follow.

Scrap them both and rasie cucumbers, lettuce, tomato's and daikon.

This not about is about money for a few..and and a lifetime of mortgage payments for others.
B Real

Honolulu, HI

#5 Aug 25, 2009
Thank you Mr. Dudley!

Are you reading, Mr. Jones? Are you reading, Ms. Timson? Do either of you care?
Hawaii 96782

Honolulu, HI

#6 Aug 25, 2009
Who is gonna ride the train to nowhere if Hoopili isn't built? A station is planned for exactly that spot. Cucumbers, lettuce, tomatos and daikon don't ride the rail. C'mon Ewa, stand up and protest or your traffic woes will only get worse.

Aiea, HI

#7 Aug 25, 2009
Who are the members of the Land Use Commission? Absolutely Ho'opili must be preserved as agricultural and encouraged as such.

Kailua, HI

#8 Aug 25, 2009
A very well-written article. It's sad that we allow our islands to be sold out to the highest bidder. Mainland developers dictate their concrete visions for us while we meekly comply. Nothing will change until more people vote. How many of your friends vote? And here's the Sierra Club in all this? Wasting taxpayers' time and money protesting the Superferry and fish farming? And the equally useless Outdoor Circle, opposing Weiner Mobiles?

Hilo, HI

#9 Aug 25, 2009
After attending a meeting a few weeks ago about a segment of H-Power's expansion which coincidentally was held less than a week after a rather intense discussion with a representative of the developer about the Horton Schuler project in Kailua, it is clear that decisions are being made about growth on this island which are simply staggering to contemplate.

One of the studies uses in the H-Power expansion application shows that O`ahu will grow by over 50%- or to an estimated 1.4 MILLION people by 2030 and that our garbage - after reducing, re-csing, recycling & reclaiming - will grow by 35%.

This huge population increase will NOT come from an increase in the birthrate nor will it come from immigration from other parts of the world outside of North America. Instead, it will come primarily from people retiring here from the United States and Canada or who will be buying second homes to use for investments & vacation rentals. The next largest group will be people moving to Hawai`i to work in either the current or the emerging economy.

One about 10%- 15% of the new housing to be built will be for current residents and for their children as they become adults. The rest of us who are still renting or sharing property with family members will ne shurt out.

What's wrong with this picture, folks?

Kimo Funke

Honolulu, HI

#10 Aug 25, 2009
What do we even care for? the land is being used to grow papayas. Papayas!!! i have four trees in my back yard and have more papaya then I could ever want. Threes pretty much take care of themselves. If the land is soooo important and valuable, why is it being used to grow a unnecessary fruit that costs 69 cents a pound at the store.

Besides that, why is it that the Hoopili project site is the only one discussed as a threat to Ag land? What about the UH West Oahu site next to it that is so large it makes Hoopili look like a tiny lot. Or the other State lands that are being developed for housing as well.

Since: Sep 07


#11 Aug 25, 2009
I agree! Save our farm and pastureland! Once it is gone, it is gone forever! Stop the development in Ewa and Laie!
Kimo Funke

Honolulu, HI

#12 Aug 25, 2009
Also, we all know that with high property values and rent, and no where else to build houses and a growing population, that part of the island where the building will take place. The central and east are already full. North? Now that all the wealthy mainlanders have bought "their" land, they will protest any future development.

Where else are houses going to go? It is only a matter of time.
No can eat house is right

Honolulu, HI

#13 Aug 26, 2009
These problem with Hawaii government today is no one has the wisdom or guts to stand up against rich developers.

In 50 or a 100 years' time, Hawaii will have lost all its open space and sense of place.

In our neck of the woods, we have Turtle Bay Resort which wants to build 5 more new hotels and Hawaii Reserves which wants to build a new community in Malaekahana, Kahuku.

Mesa, AZ

#14 Sep 1, 2009
Is the author Kioni Dudley part-Hawaiian?

Honolulu, HI

#15 Sep 1, 2009
It's funny how developers view the world. They see everything as concrete, and rented out. They are bever satisfied yet, they live on vast estates in the countryside. I think we should go for more green, and use developers as fertilizer.

“What are we paying for NOW??”

Since: Aug 09

Honolulu, HI

#16 Sep 1, 2009
When is enough going to be enough? Pave over the whole island,#@*&%!! the ag land, make their millions and move on to develop somewhere else. Developers are only out to make money for themselves and the people in their back pockets, and could care less about the long term effects or problems they create down the road. And that rail to nowhere is just another excuse to tie into this project. It's time to step up and get these guys outta here before we have to import 100% of our produce from the mainland, and have no more "local" grown forever.
J Elizabeth


#17 Sep 1, 2009
Save our Soil!!!!!!!!
zero in get a grip

Kailua Kona, HI

#18 Sep 2, 2009
Save our soul. Selling Agriculture lands to develop more homes for foreigners who care lest
about our local way of living. We need to encourage farmers, pigs, cows, chickens, ducks
vegetables, plants who uses Mother Earth to produce food for your families. Homes are build
too close to each other, if no food is avalible
then we should begin to eat each other.
Water depends on the weather and the weather depends how we use our resources to keep alive.
Money! IMPORTANCE FOOD! Past Present Future

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