Dear friends, please read below and submit testimony. Our friends at Friends of Kewalos have been fighting to preserve the Kawalo basin for a long time and they need our help.
Residential Highrises coming to Kaka ‘ako Makai.
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has introduced 2 bills (HB 2544 and SB 3122) that are asking to allow residential highrises on their land in KM. They got this land in April of 2012 from the State of Hawaii to satisfy a long standing debt. If these bills become law, we will have another Waikiki in making on this last public oceanfront land in Honolulu. All of our hard work we did in 2006 to work with the legislators who passed unanimously except for one vote, the law to Prohibit Residential development, would be for nothing. This law stands today, protecting this precious land for public use.
Friends of Kewalos encourages you to attend the public hearing to express your opposition to SB 3122 on Wednesday, February 12 @ 3:30 pm Room 224, State Capitol. If you cannot attend please send in written testimony to oppose SB 3122 @ mailto:HWNtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov?subject=Testimony%20in%20Opposition%20to%20SB%203122
Below find FOK’s testimony to use as a guide. Below that is the hearing notice. Go for it and make a difference
<Friends testimony >
Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs, Senator Maile S. L. Shimabukuro, Chair
February 12, 2014 @ 3:30 pm
Conference room 224, State Capitol
Testimony in opposition to SB 3122
Friends of Kewalos is a non-profit community group dedicated to Protect, Preserve, and Malama Kewalo Basin Park and the surrounding Kaka‘ako shoreline area to ensure continued ocean access and the ability to enjoy the area for future generations to come.
Public policy for the Kaka‘ako Makai lands was established in 2006 as a result of a huge People’s movement called “Save our Kaka‘ako”. People of all ages and walks of life marched to the Capitol with our red shirts and had numerous rallies which resulted in a near unanimous legislative passage of a law prohibiting residential development in Kaka‘ako Makai.
Our worst fear is if an exception is allowed to build residential then other landowners will ask for exceptions too and before you know it the law is void and we have another Waikiki in the making. It is too late for Waikiki, but not too late for Kaka‘ako.
In addition, with all the development coming to the Mauka area, it has become more imperative that we keep this land for public use.
We stand by this law, and we hope you do too, to keep this last public oceanfront land in Honolulu residential free for all the people to enjoy, now and for future generations.
Mahalo for this opportunity to testify and share our manao.
President, Friends of Kewalos
THE SENATETHE TWENTY-SEVENTH LEGISLATURE
REGULAR SESSION OF 2014
COMMITTEE ON HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS Senator Maile S.L. Shimabukuro, Chair Senator Clayton Hee, Vice Chair
COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS AND HOUSING Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair Senator Sam Slom, Vice Chair
AMENDED NOTICE OF HEARING
DATE: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 TIME: . 3:30 p.m. PLACE: Conference Room 224
415 South Beretania Street
A M E N D E D A G E N D A
Status & Testimony
RELATING TO HAWAII COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.
Requires OHA to conduct a public hearing on any plan or proposal for any residential development in Kakaako prior to submission of the plan or proposal to the HCDA.
Decision Making to follow, if time permits.
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Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz
Senator Maile S.L. Shimabukuro