Thank you to everyone who participated in sending in letters to the DPP, OEQC and K&K. Our voices are being heard – and published! This is important, so that we can spread the word and get as many people involved in helping to convince the city and developers to change the orientation of this planned tower.
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If you did not receive the Oct 21, 2012 Sunday paper, you can view the article online at the link below! This is an excellent article with images, quotes and facts.
If you have an online account with the Star Advertiser, you can read the entire article here. It is also posted on the bulletin board at the Four Paddle for a limited time.
The article was published on the Front page of the Sunday, Oct 21, 2012 “Money” section of the Star Advertiser.
The article voices the community’s protests of the developer’s proposed building orientation. Several comments taken from letters sent in to the DPP from various residents are also quoted, including a letter from the Waikiki Neighborhood Board to the DPP expressing disapproval of the proposed wall-type orientation.
For people who are not familiar with the issues raised by residents of Waikiki, the Waikiki Neighborhood Board and others, there are many concerns about this project to build 459 “condo-tel” units to be targeted to foreign investors. While most people are not objecting to whether to build or not build, it is the orientation of the building that adversely affects any “future development” incentives for an entire street behind the site, (Launiu St). It also sets a precedent for other developers to build additional towers with all ocean-facing units. This will be the largest wall in Waikiki with this orientation built in the last 30 years which significantly effects ocean and mountain views from both directions. The guidelines put in place in 1996 were to prevent more walls like this. If this is allowed, how can the city say “no” to future developers wanting to build walls vs. perpendicular towers.
There are many other adverse effects of a tower this large being built with this orientation in such a critical location and so close to Kalakaua and Kuhio. Traffic driving on Saratoga Rd, (which passes by the Hilton Hawaiian, Hale Koa and Trump Tower) will face a massive wall directly in front of them when approaching Kalakaua. There can hardly be a worse place to build a wall type structure. And it is the least energy efficient since every unit faces the afternoon sun most of the year. It is insensitive to the community and against Waikiki Special District Guidelines for preserving a sense of Hawaiiana, openness, and mauka-makai views.
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