The link below provides the latest draft of the WSD Design Guidelines:
The Waikiki Improvement Association (Rick Egged = President), have been revising these Waikiki Special District Design Guidelines, which we should all pay attention to. We understand this will go to the DPP for approval next.
On page 15, under the heading Waikiki Skyline. The following text in particular addresses high-rise building orientation:
When feasible the long axis of all new high-rise structures should be oriented in a mauka-makai direction to minimize obstruction of mauka views and maximize natural ventilation. For similar reasons, building forms which produce narrow towers are preferred.
The key word here is “feasible”, which can be loosely interpreted. Exactly “how” it was not “feasible” for PACREP to change their orientation of Ritz Carlton Tower 1, is an answer the DPP has not provided.
“Views” are also addressed on page 17, relating to “View Corridors”. In the PDF document, try searching for the word “views”, to see where views are mentioned.
We should all pay attention to the revision process of the WSD Design Guidelines, since these will be used to justify or argue for future developments.
You can contact Rick Egged of the Waikiki Improvement Association to find out what the next steps are, at:
phone: 808-923-0775, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org