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George Atta

Honolulu's planning director is at the helm during a watershed era of development around Oahu

By Vicki Viotti

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 26, 2013

~~<p>George Atta was born in Okinawa 63 years ago after his mother and her parents moved there from their Maui home. But after her marriage and with their 5-year-old son in tow, the family moved back to Hawaii. Besides his years earning his master's degree at Harvard University, Hawaii is where his personal and professional roots were planted.</p>
<p>Right out of college, the city's chief planner worked for what was then called the state Department of Planning and Economic Development. His first projects included developing the initial draft rules for the Aloha Tower Development Corp., which has since been dismantled, and the environmental assessment for portables on the Kapiolani Community College, which are still there.</p>
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George Atta was born in Okinawa 63 years ago after his mother and her parents moved there from their Maui home. But after her marriage and with their 5-year-old son in tow, the family moved back to Hawaii. Besides his years earning his master's degree at Harvard University, Hawaii is where his personal and professional roots were planted.

Right out of college, the city's chief planner worked for what was then called the state Department of Planning and Economic Development. His first projects included developing the initial draft rules for the Aloha Tower Development Corp., which has since been dismantled, and the environmental assessment for portables on the Kapiolani Community College, which are still there. Login for more...



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