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Rival idea competes with plan for hotel

Kamehameha Schools has proposed buying a 3.4-acre city parcel in Haleiwa for educational and park purposes that businessman D.G. "Andy" Anderson wants to develop for a boutique hotel.

The parcel is next to the schools’ Loko Ea Fishpond, where it conducts educational workshops on fishpond restoration.

Kamehameha Schools official Giorgio Caldarone said about a third of the parcel would provide access to the fishpond and include a parking area for buses and cars. He said the remaining 2 acres would be used for park purposes.

Caldarone said Kamehameha Schools has proposed giving the payment for the 3.4 acres to the Trust for Public Lands to develop the park with consultation from the community.

"There’ll be adequate money to develop it and maintain it for a while," he said. "I think it’s a win-win situation."

The schools’ proposal comes after Anderson’s plan received support from businesses who think a boutique hotel will help to generate more jobs and commerce in Haleiwa town.

But Anderson’s proposal has been criticized by some residents who want the parcel used for a park.

Peter Cole, who heads the Save Haleiwa Beach Park Coalition, said he still wants the city to hold onto the property for park use.

Cole said if the city sells the property, he’d prefer that it be sold to Kamehameha Schools.

"I think, all told, it was a good thing Bishop Estate (Kamehameha Schools) came forward to do this thing," he said.

Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle, who took office Oct. 22, will review the schools’ and Anderson’s proposals, said the mayor’s assistant, Jim Fulton.

"We feel it is important to hear from all interested parties before a decision is made," Fulton said.

The sale of the city land would require City Council approval.

The North Shore Neighborhood Board heard the Kamehameha Schools proposal Tuesday but has made no decision.

Anderson did not return a phone call from the Star- Advertiser for comment.

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