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Hawaii high schoolers face off to create the best revitalization plan for Honolulu

  • Video by Dennis Oda / doda@staradvertiser.com

    Students from Mr. Suzuki's AP Economics class at 'Iolani School in Honolulu are competing in an urban planning contest to see if they can provide the best revitalization plan for Honolulu.

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    ‘Iolani School students Stephen Higashi, left, Jeanette Lum, Emma Jiang, Caroline Edelheit and Skyler Sungin presented plans for a city site to professional planners on April 5. The students are in an economics class that challenges them to craft a redevelopment plan for fictitious blocks of land. Punahou and Kalani also are taking part.

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Students Chloe Evans, left, Gidean Devendra, Riccardo Tran, Maria Stevenson and Hannah Yonamine discuss their site plan. Groups of ‘Iolani students present their plans to four professionals masquerading as the city council: Tracy Camuso, associate senior planner with G70; Chris Hong of Chris Hong Design; Cathy Camp, director of planning and development, commercial real estate division at Kamehameha Schools; and Ralph Portmore of G70.

A real estate firm has proposed to redevelop several city-owned blocks in the urban core with homes, park space and businesses including Trader Joe’s, Maui Brewing Co., Apple, Nobu and Uniqlo. Read more

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