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25 Years Later: Sandy Beach Initiative

Activists sparked a historic land-use vote that helped preserve the Ka Iwi coast; today, they lament loss of the voters’ tool of last resort

By Save Sandy Beach Initiative Coalition Leaders

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Nov 10, 2013

~~<p><span style="font-size: 12px;">This past Friday, Nov. 8, marked the 25th anniversary of the historic &quot;Save Sandy Beach Initiative&quot; vote in 1988, when Oahu residents took a stand to defend the wild nature of the Ka Iwi coast and said &quot;no&quot; to a city-approved, luxury subdivision that would have stretched more than a mile along the mauka side of Kalanianaole Highway from Sandy Beach Park to the 11th hole of the Hawaii Kai Golf Course.</span></p>
<p>It all started when the Ho- nolulu City Council ignored massive public opposition -- as well as laws protecting scenic resources -- and approved the project's final permits. In a last-ditch grassroots campaign, hundreds of volunteers got organized, and the public finally voted overwhelmingly, 2-to-1, to stop the development and protect the land.</p>
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This past Friday, Nov. 8, marked the 25th anniversary of the historic "Save Sandy Beach Initiative" vote in 1988, when Oahu residents took a stand to defend the wild nature of the Ka Iwi coast and said "no" to a city-approved, luxury subdivision that would have stretched more than a mile along the mauka side of Kalanianaole Highway from Sandy Beach Park to the 11th hole of the Hawaii Kai Golf Course.

It all started when the Ho- nolulu City Council ignored massive public opposition -- as well as laws protecting scenic resources -- and approved the project's final permits. In a last-ditch grassroots campaign, hundreds of volunteers got organized, and the public finally voted overwhelmingly, 2-to-1, to stop the development and protect the land. Login for more...



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