THANK YOU to everyone who made the effort to come and speak at the public DPP hearing! The car-pool worked out great and it was easy for everyone to get there. For those who couldn’t make it, but who submitted written testimony for this hearing, thank you too!!
For those who could have made it, but didn’t bother or didn’t write testimony, well… maybe this wasn’t important to you. Some of us worked really hard to make it as easy as possible to participate, so again, thank you to those who helped and participated!!
Note: If you haven’t sent in a written testimony “yet” for this hearing, you have just 2 days to do so (until Feb 15th). Please do it now. This is all about numbers and persuasion. Every single person counts. The email address for Joyce at the DPP is on the Previous Post for the meeting Here.
So how did it go?
It went very well. The developer’s consultant (Keith K.) and one of the architects gave a presentation for about 40 minutes with projected slides on a screen and a couple of photo boards perched on 2 easels.
After that, the testimonies started and continued for about an hour and a half. Everyone made their point about the orientation extremely well. Some people talked about the parking also. There was applause after each testimony. Mark brought 2 home-made posters showing the view of both orientations from Launiu St. Again, All testimonies were clear and well delivered. Kudos to everyone!
There were 3 people from the DPP at the table in the front of the room who were holding the meeting. (The DPP Director was not there, he usually doesn’t show for these hearings I’m told). It was a small room, and we packed it full, with a few people standing. The Honolulu Advertiser was there, and we’re expecting to see a writeup in the paper tomorrow (Wednesday).
2 Labor unions were there (construction union, and Local 5). Ben of Local 5 gave another good testimony.
Only 1 testimony was given in “favor” of the orientation and the project. This person (from the Construction union) also said “The Guidelines are just guidelines”. Gee… Bet the people who spent months and years writing the guidelines for Waikiki’s urban development model would be a little behooved with that statement.
Lou Esterchik (VP of the Waikiki Neighborhood Board, and President of the Waikiki Area Residents Association) gave an excellent testimony. Thank you Lou! Bob Finley (Chair of the WNB) was there also, but didn’t speak. We really want to thank the WNB again for all their support. Their letters on the EA were very helpful too.
Ok, so what happened?
Ok, here’s where we stand. Our voices have been heard loud and clear. The DPP will make their decision on March 19th, 2013.
Yes, we have to wait another month, but hopefully the DPP will work with the Developer to come up with some kind of compromise. We just can’t see how they can ignore the strong arguments that were made. As pointed out in many testimonies today, if they ignore the mauka/makai orientation, which is one of the most key points of the guidelines, it would make a mockery of the WSDD Guidelines.
If they ignore this, then they would be sending the message loud and clear that the guidelines are not worth their salt.
We’ll just have to wait and see…
Thanks again to everyone! Feel free to comment below if you have anything to add.
If you wish to see a few of the testimonies given today, you can See them Here.