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Development in Kakaako booms as nature neglected

By Ira Zunin

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 05, 2014

~~<p>From my office at Ward and King, the frenzy of activity in Kakaako is unmistakable. This week, I could see nine working cranes outside my window on the sixth floor of the Honolulu Club Building. Several patients commented on their eerie experience sitting in gridlock traffic with one of these mechanical monsters resting high overhead. &quot;There was no way out&quot; one person commented. &quot;It triggered a panic attack.&quot;</p>
<p>It seems there is no end to ambitions for more high-rises built with capital organized from some of Hawaii's largest stakeholders. The Kobayashi Group and Alexander &amp; Baldwin are in the game. Kamehameha Schools has extensive plans for fee-simple moderate and luxury condos as well as workforce rental units. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is on the move with its 31 acres, part of a settlement with the state regarding ceded lands originally valued at $200 million.</p>
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From my office at Ward and King, the frenzy of activity in Kakaako is unmistakable. This week, I could see nine working cranes outside my window on the sixth floor of the Honolulu Club Building. Several patients commented on their eerie experience sitting in gridlock traffic with one of these mechanical monsters resting high overhead. "There was no way out" one person commented. "It triggered a panic attack."

It seems there is no end to ambitions for more high-rises built with capital organized from some of Hawaii's largest stakeholders. The Kobayashi Group and Alexander & Baldwin are in the game. Kamehameha Schools has extensive plans for fee-simple moderate and luxury condos as well as workforce rental units. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is on the move with its 31 acres, part of a settlement with the state regarding ceded lands originally valued at $200 million. Login for more...



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