This is important! We’ve had 2 hearings with the City Council. We need everyone’s help now on the Diamond Head / Eva orientation issue of this planned 350-foot massive wall.
It all rests with the DPP now (Dept of Planning and Permitting). And this is the first (maybe only) hearing with the DPP to voice our concerns about the orientation of this building.
Hearing Details: Public Hearing Notice – Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013
Please spread the word, and try to get as many people as you can to attend. Take off from work, change your appointments, whatever it takes.
The hearing is scheduled for:
Date: 9:00 AM Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Place: Mission Memorial Conference Room – 550 S. King Street.
(This is the red-brick building next to the Honolulu Hale).
Parking and Location Map (Click the Map image below):
Send written testimony to the DPP.
The DPP email address and fax number is on our Write To? page Here and below:
Joyce Shoji 768-8032
Email testimony to: firstname.lastname@example.org
or Fax to: (808) 768-6743
See some Examples of Testimony given Here.
Make sure the Subject says: Testimony on 2121 Kuhio Tower for Public Hearing: Feb 12, 2013.
It’s critical that we all attend. And each of us should prepare a brief written testimony (just a few paragraphs is all that’s needed) ahead of time. It is best to send in your testimony prior to the hearing. We suggest doing so by Feb 1st.
Bring 2 copies of your written testimony to the hearing. Just in case you need to give one to the staff, if they haven’t received it.
Come early (by 8:30 AM) so you have time to register for oral testimony. You only have 3 minutes for oral testimony. So usually about 3 to 5 paragraphs is all you will have time for.
It’s easiest to read your testimony, rather than ad-lib it. Express courtesy and thankfulness in your testimony. Try to be factual and be prepared to back up any facts.
Send your testimony ahead of time. So start writing it now. Attendance at the hearing is not necessary to submit testimony. But each of us really should be there. Numbers have influence. We all know that.
Again, Everyone should submit testimony and attend. That is what this meeting is for.
This is our most important chance to be heard. It will most likely be covered by the News media too.
Remember, we should focus on the orientation of the building. We are not fighting against a building being built, only that it is built with the right design for the best future of Waikiki.
This will be the first wall built in Waikiki in the last 30 years that is this close to the ocean, with such a large, negative impact on residences and future development behind it, and at a location that is not already blocked by other buildings immediately in front of it. It sets a very bad precedent for future development projects in Waikiki. – Besides the fact that it is against Waikiki Special District Guidelines, and that the Waikiki Neighborhood Board is against the orientation of this planned building.
If you haven’t seen the latest images from the developer, showing the alternative “V-shaped” building, please do so. We want to push for the V-shaped design. The developer still intends to build the Wall, even though the V-shaped building has so much more going for it.
View the Latest Images Here.
The V-shaped building is by far more attractive, appealing and less obstructive. We do not want the huge ugly “Wall“, which some people are now nick-naming the “Tombstone“. This wall will be an eye sore for years to come. And more importantly, it sets a precedent for many more walls to come.
We have also posted the following pages for your reference. You can get some ideas and input for your testimony from these letters.
See the Latest Letters Sent by the Community.
See Examples of Testimony given Here.
Again, everyone, this is Sooooo important. Please start writing your testimony now. It should be brief and able to be read out loud within 2 minutes.
Stay tuned also, as we will most likely be hosting another meeting on the Rec Deck at Four Paddle.
Again, please spread the word, and get as many people as you can to attend.
Mahalo and Aloha.