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Senate panels OK OHA plan to develop Kakaako parcels

By Andrew Gomes

LAST UPDATED: 7:33 p.m. HST, Feb 12, 2014

The state Office of Hawaiian Affairs won support from two Senate committees Wednesday to develop condominiums on land in Kakaako makai of Ala Moana Boulevard despite deeply divided testimony on a bill that would reverse a 2006 law prohibiting residential use in the area.

The bill that passed, however, would restrict condo development to three inland parcels out of nine mostly waterfront parcels that the state gave to OHA two years ago to settle disputed claims over unpaid ceded-land revenue.

Committees on Hawaiian Affairs and Economic Development, Government Operations and Housing voted unanimously to pass the amended version of Senate Bill 3122.

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