Recently, Hawaii News Now (KGMB) and other media reported on the orientation issue ahead of the DPP decision due March 19th.
Click to view Hawaii News Now coverage (or see video below) – aired on TV Sunday night, 3/17/2013 – reported by Mark Carpenter.
Louis Esterchik, Vice Chair of the Waikiki Neighborhood Board and Mark Harpenau, member of Waikiki Residents Association were interviewed.
Other articles published this week regarding the tower include the following:
Go ahead and add your comments and concerns to the posts on these sites.
- Honolulu Weekly: http://honoluluweekly.com/diary/2013/03/tombstone-tower/
- Civil Beat: http://www.civilbeat.com/voices/2013/03/11/18552-tombstone-tower/
- Hawaii Independent: http://hawaiiindependent.net/story/tombstone-tower
- Honolulu Star Advertiser: http://www.staradvertiser.com/s?action=login&f=y&id=198562051
Residents oppose tower orientation
On March 19, the city Department of Planning and Permitting is scheduled to make an important decision about whether to allow the 350-foot tower planned at 2121 Kuhio in Waikiki to be built with a wide, Diamond Head-Ewa orientation with only ocean-facing units, or to require a narrower mauka-makai design.
The planned tower is being called the “Tombstone” due to its design, since it blocks ocean views along an entire block behind it for both new and existing developments and opens the door for more walls in Waikiki.
The Waikiki Neighborhood Board, Hawaii’s Thousand Friends, the Waikiki Residents Association and others have presented testimony and letters against the orientation, pointing out that it ignores the Waikiki Special District Guidelines, which state that the long axis of all new high-rise structures should be designed in a mauka-makai orientation.
Will the DPP listen to the community?