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OHA pledges not to build condos on Kewalo Basin waterfront

By Andrew Gomes

LAST UPDATED: 01:02 p.m. HST, Feb 06, 2014

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs pledged today not to develop housing on roughly a third of its land in Kakaako -- five lots fronting Kewalo Basin -- if the Legislature approves such use on OHA land in the area.  

Peter Apo, an OHA trustee who chairs a group evaluating development of the agency's land in the area known as Kakaako Makai, said no residential development would occur on the five parcels totaling about 13 acres from the former Fisherman's Wharf Restaurant to the edge of Kakaako Waterfront Park next to the Point Panic bodysurfing site.

On this stretch of land, Apo said OHA supports a community vision for a public waterfront promenade. Some commercial development also would be possible under existing development rules.

OHA is looking at residential development on three other parcels -- two fronting Ala Moana Boulevard and one fronting the ocean just beyond the Ewa edge of the waterfront park, Apo said.

OHA has not decided what to do with its single-biggest Kakaako Makai parcel, a 7-acre lot shaped like a grand piano and known as the piano lot. This parcel was the site of a former plan by local developer Alexander & Baldwin Inc. to build three condominium towers in response to a request for proposals sought by the Hawaii Community Development Authority, a state agency that previously owned the land.

OHA received 31 acres in Kakaako Makai in 2012 to settle disputed claims with the state over unpaid ceded-land revenue.

A bill that would allow residential development on OHA's Kakaako land, House Bill 2554, is scheduled for an initial hearing Saturday at 9 a.m. by two House committees. A companion bill, Senate Bill 3122, is scheduled for its first hearing Wednesday at 1:15 p.m. by two Senate committees.

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islandsun wrote:
Good news for the aina. Condos should stay mauka of Ala Moana Blvd.
on February 6,2014 | 11:34AM
bsbsbs wrote:
The headline is deceiving - a typical SA trick. What about the part that says,

"OHA is looking at residential development on three other parcels -- two fronting Ala Moana Boulevard and one fronting the ocean . . ."

on February 6,2014 | 12:40PM
Paco3185 wrote:
They need to re-print the map with the condo parcels marked in red, the "commercial" property in blue, and open space in green. Then all can see what their plans are. I like their plans but you are right Mr. Apo speaks with forked tongue and the SA's press release repeater reporters just repeat . . .
on February 6,2014 | 12:51PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
OHA stills wants to build on the makai lands . Those two "other" parcels are in Kaka'ako makai.

NO! To any residential development in Kaka'ako makai.

on February 6,2014 | 04:17PM
Mythman wrote:
This is not enough - the trustees must apologize for being our version of Japan's Beethoven.
on February 6,2014 | 12:07PM
Denominator wrote:
So what they wan to building hotels?
on February 6,2014 | 12:30PM
mcc wrote:
Very assumptive that the area will be rezoned.
on February 6,2014 | 12:31PM
Bully wrote:
What about the Casino's nobody said anything about not building casinos on that property.
on February 6,2014 | 12:41PM
false wrote:
Great idea.
on February 6,2014 | 04:17PM
kiragirl wrote:
What about the other two thirds?
on February 6,2014 | 03:54PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
OHA is prohibited form building residential developments on all land in Kaka'ako makai. Peter Apo showed up on TV and said he "guaranteed" OHA plans would include residential development.

Tell your representatives that we want Kaka'ako makai to be free of residential development. OHA can make plenty of money from other, permitted commercial development. OHA agreed to that deal; don't let GREED ruin the public lands!

on February 6,2014 | 04:20PM
Cricket_Amos wrote:
Mind boggling. The state government, the representative of all the people, gives away public lands to a special interest group.
on April 5,2014 | 07:05AM
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