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Plan for Hawaii Kai shopping center draws vocal opposition

By Andrew Gomes

LAST UPDATED: 10:11 p.m. HST, Mar 21, 2013

Kamehameha Schools and Foodland Super Market say they have lots of community support to develop a new shopping center in Hawaii Kai, but many people turned out at a meeting tonight to say they don’t like the plan envisioned for preservation-zoned land at the entry of the community.

More than 200 people filled the Kamilo­iki Elementary School cafeteria and loudly denounced the idea for the project that Kame­ha­meha Schools floated last year.

Roger Wall, Foodland’s vice chairman, said the company, which opened the first supermarket in Hawaii Kai in 1963, said residents want a replacement for that store that closed in 2011 because of difficult lease negotiations with Koko Marina Center. But the audience at the meeting overwhelmingly said the open 4.5-acre parcel isn’t the place to do it.

The meeting was organized by state Rep. Gene Ward (R, Kalama Valley-Queen’s Gate-Hawaii Kai), who said he wanted clarity on community sentiments about the plan.

Kamehameha Schools said it intends to meet further with community members and that if the project moves forward, it would be years away.

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OPGLAW wrote:
No foodland, we don't want you to pave over the nice green lawn and build your stupid store. There's a safeway and a costco literally around the corner on Keahole... 1/2 mile or less away. It's zoned preservation for a reason... because we want it preserved !!!!!
on March 21,2013 | 10:12PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
A nice green lawn? You mean browned grass, another coconut tree that's died this week, and unsightly bushes as a backdrop to block the view of the marina. At least a small mall will mean the area is (1) cared for, and (2) put to better use. If the land was actually taken care of, and if Walgreens was not so pathetic, then perhaps no need for a new mall. Otherwise, a new mall is an improvement over the current sad state there.
on March 22,2013 | 12:18AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
A shopping center in competition with Koko Marina? Hmmmm ....
on March 21,2013 | 10:15PM
aomohoa wrote:
The only real competition in Hawaii Kai is Costco and that's all you need.
on March 21,2013 | 10:22PM
itsok wrote:
Stop building to make money Bishop Estate; it's not like you need the money.
on March 22,2013 | 12:07AM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Vocal minority. Typical.
on March 22,2013 | 12:21AM
64hoo wrote:
200 people showed up at the meeting that don't want the store, the other thousands want it there, sorry 200 people not enough of you to stop the building.
on March 22,2013 | 01:04AM
shshimizu wrote:
The other thousands didn't bother to show up and support the mall. Don't think they really care or is from the community affected by the massive chaos it will develop.
on March 22,2013 | 01:38AM
shshimizu wrote:
Can you imagine how much worse the traffic congestion will get? Put a couple more entrances/exits to another strip mall and you'll get total chaos. Why don't they put a stand alone store in that empty shopping center in Kalama Valley? There is plenty of space for a stand alone store and plenty of parking. The rest of the empty store front will fill quickly with an anchor store like Foodland.
on March 22,2013 | 01:36AM
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