Below is a link to the EA report. And further below are the 2 addresses to mail your responses to.
To jump right into the EA report, and get a quick start, read pages 52 thru 56 (page numbers are at the bottom of each page). This is the DPP’s 2nd (latest) reply to the Developers regarding the EA. At our meeting at Four Paddle (many thanks by the way, to all the people who came and who are actively contributing their time), we talked about lots of things in this report that we felt were weak and misleading to the community, and many things that were left out. We do not wish to post them here, but you can contact Mark (808) 782-5054 to learn more.
Click the link below, and wait for this 500+ page report to load into your browser. (maybe a couple of minutes).
Most of it is graphics and drawings, so it is not really that difficult to read. If you spend a little time going through it, you’ll get the idea of how it’s layed out. Again, start at page 52 – 56, and then you can jump to other areas to read more details.
One of the issues several of us have expressed is that this PDF file is non-searchable, and seems to be purposefully scanned as page images only, making it much more difficult for the public to use. It would have made it easier to search and navigate if they had made the text pages, as text, rather than images of pages.
It’s best to use the table of contents to find areas of interest. Make notes as you read, as to which sections and item numbers you wish to respond to.
Below are other useful documents that provide guidelines for Waikiki and our Urban areas.
These documents can be referenced also in your letters, since the new tower contradicts many of these guidelines in terms of Hawaiiana sense of place, etc.
Remember, the developers are making this seem like everything about this project is just fine and good for the neighborhood and Waikiki, which we all know it’s not with its hugely obstructive parallel orientation. So it’s up to us to pick this apart and point out the issues with traffic capacities, sewer capacities, detriment to the Hawaiiana sense of place, neighborhood, future redevelopments on the mauka-side, etc.
And pay attention to the sections on views, and adjacent buildings. Remember our objective is a narrower, perpendicular building, not a massive wall that blocks sky and sunlight from mauka and makai, and ocean views which drastically affect property values in the community and future redevelopment incentives.
Please write your comments ASAP, and mail them to BOTH of the addresses below, – no later than Aug 20th, Monday (they are due in by Aug 22nd):
Kusao & Kurahashi Inc.
2752 Woodlawn Drive, Suite 5-202
Honolulu, HI 96822
Office of Environmental Quality Control – State of Hawaii
State Office Tower, Room 702
235 South Beretania St.
Honolulu, HI 96813
If you have any questions, please call Mark at (808) 782-5054.