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Go carefully on Blaisdell redo


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 24, 2013

~~<p>The conceptual plan for redeveloping the Neal S. Blaisdell Center, just unveiled by the Hawaii Community Development Authority, is like many of the Kakaako blueprints the state agency oversees. It's filled with both the promise of added value to a key urban property and the peril of a poor outcome, one that could be with Honolulu for a long time.</p>
<p>But this particular complex should be especially important to Honolulu residents because it houses two gathering places for countless concerts, sports events and other spectacles. They are landmarks for many kamaaina. In particular, the domed arena has a retro, 1960s-era charm &mdash; it's where Elvis Presley gave his historic satellite-broadcast concert, after all. And while it needs significant improvement, officials ought to think twice, and twice again, before letting it go.</p>
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The conceptual plan for redeveloping the Neal S. Blaisdell Center, just unveiled by the Hawaii Community Development Authority, is like many of the Kakaako blueprints the state agency oversees. It's filled with both the promise of added value to a key urban property and the peril of a poor outcome, one that could be with Honolulu for a long time.

But this particular complex should be especially important to Honolulu residents because it houses two gathering places for countless concerts, sports events and other spectacles. They are landmarks for many kamaaina. In particular, the domed arena has a retro, 1960s-era charm — it's where Elvis Presley gave his historic satellite-broadcast concert, after all. And while it needs significant improvement, officials ought to think twice, and twice again, before letting it go. Login for more...



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