Onward with Kakaako plan - Hawaii Edi...

Onward with Kakaako plan - Hawaii Editorials

There are 14 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Sep 13, 2009, titled Onward with Kakaako plan - Hawaii Editorials. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Plans by Alexander & Baldwin for redevelopment of the Kakaako oceanside were scrapped three years ago because of public opposition.

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enufalready

Wailuku, HI

#1 Sep 13, 2009
The irony of these plans is that they are presented as if they represent the only alternatives. Given the overdevelopment of Ala Moana to Waikiki, with the noise, pollution, outrageous traffic and commodification of "nature" into a kind of urban, Disneyfied fraud, why not halt the development and turn these two areas into parkland? KSBE can well afford that and, if it wanted to act as a visionary leader, can easily afford to purchase the other site and block the development of additional walls of steel and glass along the oceanfront. The destruction of the viewplanes and the permanent installation of yet more shopping areas, parking lots, condos and such will further seal Hololulu's fate as a wrecked city with little natural beauty available but for the ocean views enjoyed by the few rich who will be able to afford to purchase.
Just a GI

Slinger, WI

#2 Sep 13, 2009
It would be a huge mistake to turn Kakaako into a field of hi-rises simply because there are already a few 400' monsters in the area. The city has just one opportunity to limit the vertical scale of development to people-friendly levels. Aren't there any city planners who can remember Waikiki in the 50's? Can anyone stand on the grounds of Ft Derussy, look at the eyesore that is the Trump condo, and proclaim it is an improvement? Now imagine the same view from Ala Moana Park. Don't let it happen!
john w bienko

Ottawa, Canada

#3 Sep 13, 2009
Kakaako is a jewel. Exposed to tsunami and earthquake destruction. High rise development would destroy the area forever. Land Developers should concentrate on properties sloping upward to the mountains, protecting the ocean view plane for all the citizens. Aloha oe
Overdeveloped

Saint George, UT

#4 Sep 13, 2009
The vision for Kaka'ako is to become like Hong Kong, Singapore or Shanghai. Super intense and dense development. It will be very to pretty to look at from a sailboat at night - all those twinkling little lights. But it will not be Hawaii.
quebert

Bowling Green, KY

#5 Sep 13, 2009
Same old in HNL, you fight it, it loses, they wait and bring it back til they get what they, no matter the costs to the people living there. Another reason not to support the islands.
CWD

Waianae, HI

#6 Sep 13, 2009
These proposed developments are part of, but not the entire, response to those of us who object to taking ag land out of production in West & Central O`ahu & along the North Shore and growing housing & urbam development in the alternative.

The big question here continues to be who will buy these residential units and do we have the necessary infrastructure - including water and other utilities - to support this kind of massive growth?

What continues to bother me more than anything else is the unwillingness of elected officials, administrators, developers, and the the concerned public to look at the entire picture of what we want O`ahu - and the state for that matter - to become in the aggregate and not just one development at a time.

Assume for the nonce that every single pending development on O`ahu - Turtle Bay, La`ie, Hawai`i Kai, Kaka`ako, Ewa Plan, Central O`ahu, transit-oriented development along the train route, redevelopment in Iwilei, Kalihi & Mapunapuna, and DHHL's plans for Waimanalo - were all approved?

As it stands right now, the only thing keeping this from happening is the economy; however, two years from now, all of the backers for each of these developments will be banging on the door of various state & county agencies & boards seeking approval.

If this concerns you, then speak up now and ask that we all look at what the cumulative impacts are going to be and do so together.
Pat

Hanalei, HI

#7 Sep 13, 2009
It is disappointing to read that Kamehameha Schools does not take the lead in preserving the Aina, but instead has joined in the profit greed that is destroying Oahu and Hawai'i.
Attendant

Kihei, HI

#8 Sep 13, 2009
quebert wrote:
Same old in HNL, you fight it, it loses, they wait and bring it back til they get what they, no matter the costs to the people living there. Another reason not to support the islands.
I think you meant ...you pay people off until you get what you want. Then the media gets involved because they realize where their bread is buttered. Lucky we live Hawaii.

The development sounds "So Hawaiian". I'm sure it's exactly what the Princess had in mind!
alice

Los Altos, CA

#9 Sep 13, 2009
john w bienko wrote:
Kakaako is a jewel. Exposed to tsunami and earthquake destruction. High rise development would destroy the area forever. Land Developers should concentrate on properties sloping upward to the mountains, protecting the ocean view plane for all the citizens. Aloha oe
well said
quebert

Bowling Green, KY

#10 Sep 13, 2009
When I wrote the research paper on Kakaako for the Hawaiian Historical Society back during the protests, I found over 300 studies going back some 40 years at a cost to taxpayers of millions of dollars, yet nothing had ever been done, frankly, the money people continued to block developing the area until they got their way. Now they want to go ahead with the very kinds of development that HNL has niether the money, infrastructure nor need for. What happened to the agreed open extension of the beach front areas, the park, the fishponds, the cultural areas? Yeah, same old Hawaii, more like same old criminals, why haven't A&B and the rest ever been brought under legal scrutiny for how they acquired their holdings in the first place? Just what went on back in 1899? Why no reparations to either the Chinatown Asian nor the Native Hawaiian communities? If they tried to build up Kakaako, burn it down.
Wall of waikiki

Kaneohe, HI

#11 Sep 13, 2009
The wall of waikiki moves east/ewa? Little manhattan is expanding? Enough already.
Ahh-So-Deska

Honolulu, HI

#12 Sep 14, 2009
it wasn't scrapped because a small group of surfers showed up. It was scrapped because Calvin Say said he was against it, and was going to trash any piece of legislation that A&B wanted and vice versa. And A&B, with a shipping duopoly, ag lands, and lands for development CAVED in. Wisely
Ahh-So-Deska

Honolulu, HI

#13 Sep 14, 2009
alice wrote:
<quoted text>well said
I disagree. It's ugly. Plain. No one wanted to live there in early times. Too hot, too arid. Now it's worse. Needs people. They should have done the waterfront development.
Ruff Ridahs

Honolulu, HI

#14 Sep 14, 2009
Overdeveloped wrote:
The vision for Kaka'ako is to become like Hong Kong, Singapore or Shanghai. Super intense and dense development. It will be very to pretty to look at from a sailboat at night - all those twinkling little lights. But it will not be Hawaii.
We want the same old stagnant Hawaii with no new jobs and modern housing. We still prefer to keep the old existing infrastructures that are crumbling.

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