HONOLULU – Save our Kaka`ako Coalition and citizens at-large will join forces to rally against a bill that would grant the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) an exemption to state law allowing residential high-rises in Kaka`ako Makai and raising the height limit to 400 feet for condos the state agency seeks to build. The public rally will be held at the State Capitol on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to urge legislators to vote against SB 3122 SD2 HD2.
The Coalition believes an open-ended exception to state law banning residential development, for a special interest, would create a dangerous precedent, weakening the law and paving the way for luxury condominiums in Kaka`ako Makai. Mauka of Ala Moana Boulevard, thirty residential developments for 30,000 new residents are being built in Kaka`ako making the case to keep waterfront lands for public use even more imperative.
Friends of Kewalos President, Ron Iwami says, “We are asking the legislature to stand by the law banning residential development in Kaka`ako Makai. The People fought for this law and it was enacted in 2006 to keep this last public oceanfront land for all the People of Hawaii to enjoy for future generations to come. With all due respect for OHA we are fighting on the principle of keeping the land residential free for all. Once you build private residences, the land becomes private and only the residents will be able to enjoy it.”
The rally is organized by the Save Our Kaka`ako Coalition. Coalition groups are: Friends of Kewalos, Save Our Surf, Da Hui, Hawaii State Bodysurfing Association, Surfrider Foundation, CPAC, Kaka‘ako United, Kaka`ako Small Business Association, Life of the Land, Na Kupuna Moku O Keawe, Na Kupuna Moku O Kakuhihewa and Hawaii Thousand Friends. The Coalition was formed in 2005 to stop the sale of public land to build residential high rises in Kaka`ako Makai.