INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI: Ala Moana Park Plan | Program


ALA MOANA REGIONAL PARK ON
OʻAHU’S SOUTH SHORE IS POPULAR DESTINATION FOR LOCAL
RESIDENTS. ACTIVITIES INCLUDE SURFING,
SWIMMING, PADDLEBOARDING, TENNIS, WALKING, PICNICKING OR
JUST RELAXING. THE CITY HAS A MASTER PLAN TO
REVITALIZE THE PARK BUT NOT EVERYONE AGREES WITH THE PLAN
OR THAT THE PARK NEEDS REVITALIZING THE FIRST PLACE. TONIGHT’S LIVE BROADCAST AND LIVESTREAM OF INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI START NOW.
¶¶ [INTRO MUSIC] ALOHA AND WELCOME TO INSIGHTS
ON PBS HAWAIʻI…I’M LARA YAMADA.
FOR DECADES ALA MOANA BEACH PARK HAS BEEN THE GO-TO PARK
IN HONOLULU FOR EVERYTHING FROM A QUICK RUN OR SWIM TO
SURFING TO A MORE LEISURELY FAMILY PICNIC.
THE 100-PLUS ACRE PARK WAS DEDICATED IN 1934 AND IS
SHOWING ITS AGE. THE CITY HAS DEVISED A MASTER
PLAN TO…QUOTE–”RESTORE, REVITALIZE, ENHANCE AND
IMPROVE THE PARK,” UNQUOTE, AND WOULD LIKE TO MOVE
FORWARD. CRITICS ARE SAYING NOT SO FAST
AND WOULD LIKE MORE DISCUSSION. 2
THAT’S WHAT WE’RE DOING TONIGHT WITH A REPRESENTIVE
FROM THE CITY, SKEPTICS OF THE PLAN AND A PROPONENT OF A
PRIVATELY-FUNDED PLAYGROUND THAT’S BEEN ADDED TO THE MIX.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR PARTICIPATION IN TONIGHT’S
SHOW. YOU CAN EMAIL, CALL OR TWEET YOUR QUESTIONS. AND
YOU’LL FIND A LIVE STREAM OF THIS PROGRAM AT PBSHAWAII.ORG
AND THE PBS HAWAIʻI FACEBOOK PAGE.
NOW, TO OUR GUESTS. ROBERT KRONING IS THE DIRECTOR
OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION FOR THE CITY
AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU. TIFFANY VARA IS THE EXECUTIVE
DIRECTOR OF PA’ANI KAKOU, A NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION
ADVOCATING FOR A ONE ACRE PLAYGROUND INSIDE THE PARK.
SALVATORE LANZILOTTI IS A PHOTOGRAPHER. HE RETIRED AFTER
30 YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI’I
AND UNDER THREE MAYORS WITH THE CITY AND COUNTY OF
HONOLULU. HE RECENTLY WROTE AN OP-ED PIECE ABOUT THE PROPOSED
PLAYGROUND IN ALA MOANA PARK THAT WAS PUBLISHED IN THE
HONOLULU STAR ADVERTISER. AND EUGENE LEE HAS BEEN A
MEMBER OF MALAMA MOANA SINCE ITS INCEPTION… AN
ORGANIZATION THAT WAS FORMED FOUR AND A HALF YEARS AGO TO
VOICE COMMUNITY CONCERNS ABOUT THE PLAN.
THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. I’VE ONE DISCUSSION I’VE BEEN
LOOKING FORWARD TO. YOU HEAR SO MUCH, BITS AND
PIECES, MYSELF, HAVEN’T HEARD THE MORE EVENT PLANS.
LET’S GET EVERYBODY UP TO SPEED A LITTLE BIT. 3
WE’LL START WITH YOU, ROBERT. GIVE US AN OVERVIEW OF RIGHT
NOW, WHAT IS THE CITY HAS PLANNED FOR THE PARK.
>>WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW, IS IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
STATEMENT PHASE. DEVELOPED A MASTER PLAN AND SO
WE’RE ANALYZING THE IMPACTS OF ALL THE DIFFERENT COMPONENTS
OF THAT PLAN. QUITE A FEW ELEMENTS TO IT.
ACTUALLY, SOME OF THE MASTER PLAN ELEMENTS THAT DON’T
REQUIRE THE ENVIRONMENTAL, BECAUSE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL
LAWS AND THE MAINTENANCE POSTURE OF IT, WE’RE ALREADY
STARTING. WE’VE IRRIGATED BOTH THE MAIN
PART OF THE PARK AND MAGIC ISLAND, SO THE GRASS WILL BE
GREENER. WE PUT IN A VOLLEYBALL COURT.
PLANNED A LOT OF TREES. THE OTHER PARTS THAT WE WERE
WORKING ON THAT REQUIRE THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT ARE
THINGS SUCH AS FIXING THE BRIDGES, CROSS THE CANAL.
FIXING THE CANAL ITSELF. ENLARGING ONE OF THE BRIDGES,
MAKE IT A WIDER ACCESS POINT AT PIIKOI, WORKING ON MCCOY
PAVILION, GOING TO DO A LOT OF RENOVATION TO THAT.
WE’RE LOOKING AT ADDING SAND TO THE BEACH, BECAUSE IT’S
VERY ROCKY BEACH. ONE OF THE COMPLAINTS WE OFTEN
GET IS NOT ENOUGH PARKING AT THE PARK.
SO WE’RE INCREASING THE NUMBER OF STALLS.
LOOKING AT PUTTING A DOG PARK IN ONE OF THE UNDERUTILIZED
PARTS OF THE PARK. AND ONE THAT YOU’VE ALREADY
IMMENSED, A PLAYGROUND. LOOKING AT PUTTING A 4
PLAYGROUND IN THE PARK.>>Lara: GET A LITTLE BIT
MORE INTO THAT. OVERALL, WHAT IS THE
PERSPECTIVE RIGHT NOW CITY AS TO WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN AND
WHY? WE JUST TALKED ABOUT IT BEING
JUST SIMPLY 1934, HOW MANY YEARS AGO THAT WAS.
SO IS THE OVERALL THRUST OF WHAT THE CITY IS DOING TO JUST
SORT OF UPGRADE AND UP KEEP EVERYTHING OVERALL, IN
ADDITION TO A COUPLE OF NEW ASPECTS TO THE PLAN?
IS THAT THE PRIMARY FOCUS?>>CERTAINLY.
WE WITH LOOK AT THE PARK AND WE KNOW IT’S ONE OF THE MOST
USED PARKS IN THE WHOLE ISLAND.
AND ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS PARKS.
IT WAS IN DISREPAIR. AND IT HAD BEEN NEGLECTED FOR
MANY YEARS. SO ONE OF THE, MAIN EFFORTS IS
TO TRULY POLISH IT UP. GET IT LOOKING A LOT NICER AND
DO SOME OF THE BASIC ELEMENTS OF IT.
THROUGHOUT TIME, ALWAYS BEEN INITIATIVES, INCLUSIVE, ADDING
FEW THINGS THAT WOULD MAKE IT MORE OF PEOPLE’S PARK.
IMPROVE IT, THAT’S WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT WHEN WE TALK
ABOUT THINGS LIKE THE PLAYGROUND, INCLUSIVE
PLAYGROUND, DOG PARK. THINGS THAT ARE IDEAS THAT WE
THINK WOULD HELP ACTIVATE THE PARK MORE AND MAKE IT EVEN
MORE INCLUSIVE. NIGHT WANT TO GET EVERYBODY IN
JUST A MINUTE. ONE MORE LITTLE QUESTION ABOUT
THAT. SO ALSO PART OF THE THRUST 5
THAT SOME OF IT IS CONSIDERED NOT SAFE AT THIS POINT IN
TIME? THERE’S DEFINITELY BEEN SOME
CONCERNS ABOUT THAT. SOME OF THE PLANS THAT YOU’RE
INCLUDING TO ADDRESS THAT IN PARTICULAR?
>>I’M THE DIRECTOR OF DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION, DEALING MAIN
WITH THE CONSTRUCTION ASPECTS OF IT.
WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT IS SOMETHING THAT WE ARE SOMEWHAT
CONCERNED ABOUT. THOSE RUNNINGBACK TAKEN CARE
OF BY THE DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION.
>>Lara: WHAT AREAS ARE WE TALKING ABOUT PARTICULAR
CONCERN?>>I DON’T KNOW SPECIFICALLY.
I DON’T THINK THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF ISSUES.
BUT WE HAVE ADDED PARK RANGERS TO THE PARK.
SO THERE’S MORE PATROLS OF PARK RANGERS THAT GO THROUGH
THERE. I APOLOGIZE.
I’M NOT THE EXPERT IN THIS AREA.
WE HAVE TO TALK TO THE PARKS AND RECREATION FOLKS THEIR THE
SPECIFICS HOW THEY’RE BEING USED.
LET’S TALK ABOUT KIND OF SPLASH NEW ELEMENT HERE, HAS
BEEN ADDED. PLAYGROUND.
LET’S TURN TO YOU ON THAT ALL PART OF PANI KAKO.
EXPLAIN TO PEOPLE, NOT FAMILIAR WITH IT, HAVEN’T BEEN
LISTENING TO THIS CONVERSATION IN RECENT MONTHS AND YEARS.
WHAT ARE WE TALK BEING HERE? WHAT IS THE PROJECT.
>>ONE ACRE INCLUSIVE PLAYGROUND. 6
INCLUSIVE DESIGNED WITH NEED OF ALL CHILDREN IN MIND.
ONE IN SEVEN CHILDREN HAVE A DISABILITY OR DIFFERENCE IN
ABILITY TO MAKE IT DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE TO ACCESS PLAY
IN A PLAYGROUND. ON OAHU, THAT EQUATES TO AT
LEAST 22,000 CHILDREN. WITHOUT A PLAYGROUND TO PLAY
IN.>>Lara: WHAT ARE SOME OF THE
ELEMENTS DESIGN ELEMENTS? SHARE THAT WITH US.
>>NUMBER WAS VARIOUS TYPES OF SWINGS.
BOTH INDIVIDUAL AND SEVERAL CHILDREN CAN BE ON TOGETHER OR
CONCERN WITH MOBILITY ISSUES CAN ENJOY.
TWO SPECIAL ELEMENTS I THINK THAT HAVE BEEN A BIT
MISMISCOMMUNICATED. ZIP CRUISE.
>>Lara: WE HAVE READ OF THAT.
>>BEEN CALLED ZIPLINE EVEN BY US.
BEEN CALLED ZIPLINE.>>Mahealani: TONIGHT I WOULD
LIKE TO USE THE CORRECT NAME, ZIP CRUISE.
IMPORTANT DIFFERENCES BETWEEN IT AND A ZIPLINE.
YOU’RE NOT STARTING OUT HIGHER ELEVATION AND GOING TO A
LOWER. YOU’RE NOT GAINING A LOT OF
SPEED. THE CHILDREN WON’T BE HIGH OFF
THE GROWN. BASICALLY ABOUT AS HIGH OFF
THE GROUND AS THEY WOULD BE ON A SWING.
ABOUT THE LENGTH OF A TENNIS COURT.
77 FEET. FROM ONE END TO THE OTHER.
AND ONE OF THE MORE INCLUSIVE ELEMENTS OF THAT PLAY GROUND. 7
THE ADAPTIVE SWING IMPORTANT IN PROVIDING TWO SPECIAL
THINGS THAT AREN’T AVAILABLE TO KIDS.
FOR ONE, MOBILITY ISSUES, THAT MAY BE THE FIRST TIME THEY
EXPERIENCE WEIGHTLESSNESS. NOT ONLY ENJOYABLE, BUT
IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENTAL SENSATION FOR THE BODY.
AND THE SECOND IS THE ABILITY FOR ALL CHILDREN TO COMPETE.
I CAN TELL YOU THAT MY FOUR SONS WOULD HAVE LOVED TO HELP
GET THEIR SISTER IN ADAPTED CHAIR LIKE THAT.
HOP ON THE OTHER TWO ZIP CRUISES AND SAY, READY, SET,
GO. EVEN PLAYING FIELD.
>>Lara: LET’S TALK ABOUT THE COST OF THIS.
HOW IS THIS GOING TO WORK OUT? IT OBVIOUSLY, WOULD ADD
SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF COST.>>WELL, ALL OF THE DESIGN AND
CONSTRUCTION BEING FUNDED BY DONATIONS FROM THE COMMUNITY.
AND BY VOLUNTEER EFFORTS. THAT COST WILL NOT BE ADDED TO
THE CITY. THIS IS THROUGH A
PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN OUR NOT FOR PROFIT,
WHICH WITH FOUNDED TO BRING INCLUSIVE PLAY TO HAWAI’I, AND
THE CITY.>>Lara: SO WHAT IS THEN THE
PLAN? IF THIS WERE INCLUDED IN A
PLAN, WERE APPROVED, IT HAPPENED, THEN WHAT IS THIS
WHAT ABOUT THE MAINTENANCE? WHAT ABOUT THE POTENTIAL
LIABILITY?>>SURE.
GREAT QUESTION. WE SPENT A LONG TIME
CONSIDERING. WE HAD TO ANSWER IMPORTANT 8
QUESTIONS FOR YOU ARE OURSELVES.
IS IT POSSIBLE? CAN WE RAISE THE MONEY?
SECOND, CAN WE MAKE SURE IT’S SAFE DAY AND NIGHT CAN IT BE
SUSTAINABLE OVER THE LONGTERM? MAINTENANCE IS A PART OF THAT.
SO AS WE GIFT IT TO THE CITY, HAD ONGOING DISCUSSIONS ABOUT
THAT. FROM IT’S NOT FOR PROFIT SIDE,
WHAT I CAN SAY IS WE ARE GOING TO HAVE WARRANTIES ON THE
EQUIPMENT. AS WE TURN IT OVER TO THE
CITY. AND THEN MAINTAINED JUST LIKE
ANY OTHER CITY PARK. ONE MORE IMPORTANT ASPECTS
THIS THE PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP.
AFTER WE GIFT IT BECOME TO THE CITY, NOT FOR PROFIT WILL
MAINTAIN THE RIGHT BUT NOT THE RESPONSIBILITY TO MAINTAIN IT.
THAT IS THE CITY’S IN CASE THERE’S INCIDENT OF VANDALISM,
AND WE HAVE TAPE AROUND AN ALMOST WE WANT TOO SEE FIXED
QUICKLY. MAYBE THAT DOESN’T FIT INTO
THE CITY BUDGET AT THAT TIME, WE WOULD BE ABLE TO ASSIST
WITH THAT.>>Lara: WHAT IS EVERYBODY’S
RESPONSES AND YOUR THOUGHTS?>>CITY IS FULLY SUPPORT
EVERYONE OF IT. WE THINK IT’S GREAT THAT WE’LL
HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY. LIKE SAID IN THE ORIGINAL
MASTER PLAN, ALWAYS INTENDED IT BEING A PLAYGROUND IN THAT
PARK. WE THINK IT’S IMPORTANT ASPECT
OF THAT PARK. IT IS A REGIONAL PARK.
SO WHEN THIS OPPORTUNITY CAME, WE JUMPED AT IT. 9
THERE WILL ALSO BE FACILITY THERE THAT WE EXPECT TO PUT A
CONCESSION IN. HELP FUND SOME OF THE
MAINTENANCE AND SO FORTH. AND PLACE FOR HPD AND THE PARK
RANGERS TO BE HOUSED.>>Lara: YOUR OPED FOCUSED ON
THIS. YES.
I COME FROM VERY DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW.
I LIKE TO START FROM THE INSIDE OUT. I THINK THIS
PROJECT IS FROM THE OUTSIDE IN.
KIND OF GRAFITTI’D ON. ALA MOANA BEACH PARK, BEACH
PARK. IT’S ON AN ISLAND SURROUNDED
BY BEAUTIFUL AQUAMARINE WATER. I AGREE.
WE NEED FACILITIES FOR DISABLED, OR DISABLED KEIKI.
I WAS THE EEO OFFICER IN 1992 AND CHALLENGED WITH A FIRST
IMPLEMENTING OF THE ADA. AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY ACT.
I UNDERSTAND AND I UNDERSTAND IT FROM A PERSONAL POINT OF
VIEW. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT TAKEN
CARE OF AS A BEACH PARK, SURF THE — FOR EXAMPLE, ACCESS
SURF IN WHITE PLAINS BEACH. THEY BRING, ONCE A MONTH, KIDS
THEY MAKE THEM FLOAT. WEIGHTLESSNESS.
HELP THEM ON SURF BOARDS. HELP THEM SWIM.
SO THERE ARE WAYS. YOU GET ONLINE.
LOOK AT MELBOURNE. VICTORIA, MELBOURNE,
AUSTRALIA. THEY ADVERTISE THAT THEIR
BEACHS ARE ACCESSIBLE AND INCLUSIVE.
SO THE QUESTION ISN’T WHETHER WE SHOULD OR NOT HAVE THESE 10
22,000 KIDS BE ABLE TO USE ALA MOANA BEACH PARK.
THE QUESTION IS HOW. SO LET’S USE IT AS WHAT IT
REALLY IS. TO RESOURCE THAT IT IS.
IT IS A BEACH PARK. LET’S THEN FIGURE OUT.
I REMEMBER WHEN I STARTED OUT, WE’VE HAD THE FIRST, MAST AND
BIG WHEELCHAIRS WITH THE BIG WHEELS AND TRIED THOSE OUT.
PRIMITIVE. BACK 1992.
HERE WE ARE IN 2019. LET’S BRING THAT UP TO DATE.
LET’S GIVE THESE KIDS THE — NOT JUST THE KIDS, KUPUNA,
VETERANS, ANYONE, GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET INTO
THE WATER. LET’S DO THAT.
THEN YOU HAVE THE OTHER STUFF. ZIP CRUISE AND ALL OF THAT
STUFF, AMENITY FOR THE APARTMENT BUILDINGS ACROSS THE
WAY. AND MAYOR CALDWELL TO HAVE
WAIKIKI PEOPLE TO COME OVER AND USE THE PARK.
WE DON’T NEED, THIS IS REALLY SOMETHING THAT OUGHT TO BE —
I’M NOT GOING TO SAY I DON’T LIKE IT. NOT A GOOD IDEA.
BUT WE DON’T NEED A SPLASH PAD IN A BEACH PARK.
BECAUSE WHEN THAT THING BREAKS, AND YOU CAN’T GET THE
MONEY BECAUSE YOU DON’T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY, THAT THING WILL
LOOK LIKE THE ROCK GARDENS THAT WE HAVE.
BEAUTIFUL LAVA ROCK FOUNTAINS THAT WE HAD NOW JUST URBAN
BLIGHT DOWN IN WAIKIKI. CHINATOWN.
IF YOU WANT TO HAVE THAT KIND OF STUFF, IT BELONGS IN OUR
COMMUNITY PARK. AND HE’S SAYING THAT THIS IS 11
SOMETHING THEY WANT. NO.
SHOW ME THE DPR, PUBLIC, PARKS & RECREATION, SHOW ME THE
MASTER PLAN. SHOW ME WHERE THEY STUDIED
ACROSS THE COMMUNITY PARKS ON THE ISLAND.
REGIONAL PARKS, BEACH PARKS AND DPR SHOW ME WHERE DPR
SAID, OUT OF ALL THE NEEDS ON THE ISLAND, IN OUR PARKS, THE
MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TO PUT ZIPLINES AND SPLASH PADS IN
ALA MOANA.>>Lara: I WANT TO GIVE
EVERYBODY A CHANCE. HOLD YOUR THOUGHTS FOR A
MINUTE I WANT TO MAKE SURE EUGENE GETS A CHANCE TO JUMP
IN HERE. THEN WE’LL OPEN IT UP.
COMES BACK TO MY INVOLVEMENT IS THAT THE PEOPLE WEREN’T
BEING HEARD. YOU TAKE THE FIRST SLIDE FROM
WEBSITE IN TERMS OF THE PEOPLE’S PARK, GUIDELINES,
GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR THIS MASTER PLAN, EFFORTS TO
IMPROVE THE PARK, CENTER ON MAINTAINING LOCAL VALUES, ALSO
SPEAK COMMUNITY-BASED PROCESS, THAT IS TRANSPARENT INCLUSIVE.
I THINK SOME OF THESE THINGS ALTHOUGH WE — GOES BEYOND
THAT. EIS IN HAWAI’I, 2000,
LEGISLATORS SAY, NOT ONLY ENVIRONMENTAL, BUT SOCIAL,
ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL EFFECTS OF A PLAN.
I THINK WE’VE BEEN HERING VERY EMOTIONAL AT TIMES, THOSE
HAVEN’T BEEN ADDRESSED. IN EVEN THE SECOND EIS.
SO OUR CONTENTION IS THAT THEN COMES IN ALL OF A SUDDEN,
ALBEIT A PLAYGROUND IS GREAT. I WAS INVOLVED IN THE MAGIC 12
BRIDGE IN PALOLO TOO. IT’S A VERY INCLUSIVE, BUT IT
TOOK COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT. IT TOOK COMMUNICATION AND
COMPROMISE. WORKING TOGETHER.
BOTH IN TERMS OF ENVIRONMENTAL, BUT ALSO IN
TERMS OF WHAT FEATURES COULD BE INCLUSIVE IN A WONDERFUL
PARK. SO WITH THAT, THAT’S WHERE IT
COMES THROUGH. I MEAN, MASTER PLANS AND
MEETINGS ADMINISTRATION HAD BEFORE AND SURE, THE PARK WAS,
THE PLAYGROUND WAS 9TH ON THE LIST IN TERMS OF AREAS THAT
THE CONSENSUS WAS THAT WE NEED SOMETHING THERE.
NOW, ASSURED THAT’S PLAY GROUND IS NEEDED.
QUESTION COMES UP, IS IT NEEDED THERE?
WHAT TYPE OF PLAYGROUND? WHAT WOULD BE THE FEATURES IN
THE PLAYGROUND?>>IF YOU WOULD ALLOW ME TO
CORRECT SOME OF THE THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN SAID HERE.
FIRST OF ALL, YOU KEEP CALLING ALA MOANA A BEACH PARK.
IT IS NOT A BEACH PARK. IT IS A REGIONAL PARK.
>>REGIONAL BEACH PARK. REGIONAL PARK.
>>THAT IS WHY — THERE’S NO BEACH THERE?
>>THERE’S A BEACH AT THE REGIONAL PARK.
SO IT IS A REGIONAL PARK.>>Lara: WHY IS THAT
DISTINCTION IMPORTANT?>>IT’S NOT THAT IMPORTANT,
BUT HE’S USING IT TO SAY PLAY GROUNDS DON’T SHOULDN’T BE AT
BEACH PARKS. FIRST OF ALL, THIS ISN’T A
BEACH PARK. IT’S A REGIONAL PARK. 13
100 ACRES ALSO. THIS THING ONLY TAKES UP AN
ACRE. SO WE DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY
ANYBODY WOULD THINK IT’S NOT APPROPRIATE FOR THIS TYPE OF A
PARK. IT’S VERY MUCH APPROPRIATE FOR
THE PARK. SECONDLY, REALLY, YOUR
ACCUSATIONS ABOUT BUILDING THIS FOR THE PARK PLACE
PEOPLE, THAT IS UNSUBSTANTIATED AND JUST FLAT
OUT WRONG.>>YOU DON’T KNOW IT’S WRONG.
YOU CAN’T TELL ME IT’S WRONG. YOU CAN TELL ME YOU THINK IT’S
WRONG.>>OKAY.
I THINK IT’S WRONG. THE REASON IT’S NOT THAT
IMPORTANT TO SAY IT IS A REGIONAL PARK, IT CERTAINLY
FITS A REGIONAL PARK ENVIRONMENT, WE DO HAVE
PLAYGROUNDS AT BEACH PARKS. 11 OF THEM.
AROUND THE ISLAND. SO THEY’RE ALL OVER THE PLACE.
WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT DPR DOING ANALYSIS, THEY HAVE PLANS.
THEY HAVE A VISION FOR THE ISLAND ON HOW IT SHOULD BE.
THERE IS JUST NO LEGITIMATE REASON WHY ALA MOANA REGIONAL
PARK SHOULD NOT HAVE A PLAYGROUND THERE.
>>Lara: I WANT TO GIVE TIFFANY A CHANCE.
>>I WOULD LIKE TO JUST ADD TO ROBERT’S RESPONSE TO SOME OF
YOUR POINTS. IN CALLING IT A BEACH PARK AND
SAYING PLAYGROUND NOT BELONG HERE, WE NEED TO CONSIDER
OTHER NONBEACH AMENITIES THERE.
TENNIS COURTS, AND THE LAWN BOWLING. 14
>>TENNIS COURTS.>>RIGHT.
TENNIS COURTS. NONBEACH AMENITY THAT MANY
PEOPLE ENJOY. IT’S A GREAT THING FOR PEOPLE
TO BE OUTSIDE AND ENGAGING WITH EACH OTHER IN HEALTHY
PURSUITS EXACTLY WHAT WE’RE GOING TO CREATE FOR THESE
CHILDREN ON A FOOTPRINT SMALLER THAN JUST OF THE
TENNIS COURTS. SPLASH PAD CALLED WATER PARK
WITH SLIDES AND POOLS, IT WILL HAVE NEITHER OF THOSE.
SIZE OF IT FROM ONE SIDE TO THE OTHER IS ABOUT 53 FEET.
IT’S 25 FEET LESS THAN ONE OF THOSE TENNIS SPORTS THAT YOU
ENJOY. IT’S ABOUT 10% OF THE AREA OF
THE LAWN BOWLING. IT COULD FIT RIGHT IN THE
CORNER OF THAT OTHER NONBEACH AMENITY IN ALA MOANA BEACH
PARK.>>MY CONCERN, MY MAJOR
CONCERN, WITH THIS WHOLE IDEA IS SIMPLY THAT THE REASON WHY
I SAY, NOT CAN’T HAVE A PLAYGROUND, THAT THE ISSUE IS
NOT THAT THERE A PLAYGROUND, NOT A PLAYGROUND, THE ISSUE IS
THAT THERE ARE MCNAUGHTON AND KOBAYASHI PLANNED 15 BUILDINGS
TO COME UP IN THIS AREA. HUGHES ANOTHER 14 TO 16
BUILDINGS. BETWEEN KAKAAKO AREA.
WE NEED MORE PARK LAND. WE DON’T NEED LESS.
WE DON’T NEED THESE PEOPLE COMING ACROSS INTO THE
PEOPLE’S PARK. AND TAKING LAND, BECAUSE IT’S
OPEN. IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE OPEN.
>>THESE PEOPLE?>>SOUNDS LIKE YOU’RE BEING 15
VERY EXCLUSIVE.>>I’M NOT BEING EXCLUSIVE AT
ALL. WHERE WE NEED MORE PARK LAND,
NOT LESS PARK LAND. THE KAKAAKO PLAN 2,017 SAYS
THAT WE’RE GOING FROM 2010, 10,000 SOME PEOPLE, 600, TO
40,000 PEOPLE. IN OTHER WORDS, 45, 46,000.
35,000 MORE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO MOVE INTO THIS AREA.
NOW, WHAT DO WE NEED? WE NEED MORE PARK SPACE, NOT
LESS. IF WE TAKE THE SAME PARK SPACE
AND WE PUT THESE FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES ON THEM, THEN
WE PUT 35,000 MORE PEOPLE IN THIS AREA, WHAT DO WE HAVE IN
WE DON’T HAVE THE SAME PARK SPACE.
WE HAVE FEWER PARK SPACES. SO THE KAKAAKO PLAN HAS A
KEIKI ZONE IN IT. AND.
>>Lara: THIS IS PART OF YOUR OPED.
>>I’M GOING TO ADD TO IT. IF WE DO THINGS LIKE PROPERTY
TAX INCREMENTS, COMMUNITY FACILITY DISTRICTS, BUSINESS
IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS, IF WE GET THESE BUSINESS PEOPLE TO
LONGTERM HAVE TO PAY UP, AND ADD, JUST LIKE NEW YORK AND
SAN FRANCISCO AND OTHER PLACES, WE COULD TAKE
EVERYTHING FROM WARD AVENUE, TO KEAWE STREET THAT BORDERS
ON ALA MOANA, MAKAI SIDE, AND TAKE THAT WHICH IS IN FRONT OF
THE UNIVERSITY, MEDICAL AND THE CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY, WE
COULD MAKE THAT ALL PARK.>>THEN YOU DRIVE DOWN FROM
THE BRIDGE, WHEN YOU COME OVER MCCULLY, YOU WOULD HAVE PARK
LAND ALL THE WAY DOWN.>>Lara: LET ME DIRECT THIS 16
JUST A LITTLE BIT HERE. WITH NEED TO GET SOME OF THE
VIEWER QUESTIONS.>>MORE PARK LAND WE HAVE
FEWER PARK LAND.>>Lara: FROM THOMAS IN
WAIKIKI. REMEMBER SAYS, STRING THESE
TOGETHER. RELATED.
WHAT IS THE THIS PARK’S ESTIMATED MAINTENANCE COST?
TOM IN WAIKIKI. ALSO, WHO IS GOING TO MAINTAIN
THE ZIP CRUISE, FIVE, TEN YEARS FROM NOW?
FROM GARY. KIND OF RELATED.
HELEN, SECOND EIS, PLAYGROUND RESEMBLED THEME PARK AND SHE
PERSONALLY OBJECTS THAT SOMETHING THAT NEEDS SUCH
SUPERVISION OR MAINTENANCE. SEEMS LIKE COMMERCIAL
ENTERPRISE. PUBLIC GREATLY FEARS IN HER
MIND. PEOPLE ARE STILL CONCERNED
ABOUT WHO IS GOING TO REALLY BE, AS WE GET DOWN THE ROAD,
WHO IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO MAINTAIN THIS?
HAVE THE FUNDS. SUSTAINABLE?
THINK THE TWO OF YOU.>>OKAY.
SO IN THE BEGINNING WE WILL OBVIOUSLY PARTNER.
WE ARE GOING TO ORDER FROM THE MANUFACTURER THE PIECES AND
PARTS OF SMALLER ONES THAT TEND TO WEAR OUT SOONEST.
AND HAVE THAT IN A STOCK. I SPOKE EARLIER ABOUT THE
WARRANTIES. AT LEAST TEN YEARS.
THEN WE’LL GO FROM THERE. THIS IS A CITY PARK.
IT IS GOING TO REQUIRE MAINTENANCE. 17
AND I GUESS PART OF THE DISCUSSION SHOULD BE, WE’LL
BUILD THIS AT NO COST. WE’RE GOING TO PARTNER IN SOME
WAYS ON CONTINUED MAINTENANCE. WHAT IS THE VALUE OF ALL
CHILDREN BEING ABLE TO PLAY TOGETHER AND WHY MUST IT BE
ZERO FOREVER? I DON’T AGREE WITH THAT.
NUMBER ONE. AND NUMBER 2, RESPONDING THE
TO THE OTHER VIEW YOUR QUESTION ABOUT THE AMUSEMENT
PARK OR THEME PARK. THAT’S A RESPONSE WITH A FALSE
NARRATIVE PROMOTED OFTEN IN THE PRESS OVER THE PAST
SEVERAL MONTHS. WHAT WE’RE BUILDING IS A
PLAYGROUND THAT WILL CONTAIN PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT, FOUND IN
THOUSANDS OF PLAYGROUNDS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY.
>>WHY NOT PUT THAT SAME EQUIPMENT, WHY NOT HAVE
DEPARTMENT OF PARKS DO A MASTER PLAN OF ALL OUR
COMMUNITY PARKS ALL OVER THE ISLAND AND HAVE THEM COST OUT
OVER FIVE YEARS, TEN YEARS, WHY NOT — YOU’RE SAYING
EITHER KIDS PLAY TOGETHER OR NOT.
I’M SUGGESTING THAT WE FIND WAYS FOR THOSE, THAT
EQUIPMENT, THAT INCLUSIVE EQUIPMENT TO BE ALL OVER THE
ISLAND. SO THAT PEOPLE CAN COME OUT OF
THEIR HOMES AFTER DINNER WITH FAMILIES THE COMMUNITIES.
>>WE’RE IN COMPLETE AGREEMENT ON THAT.
>>Lara: ALL PARKS SHOULD BE UNDER THE SAME SYSTEM ACROSS
THE ISLAND SO EVERYONE HAS THE OPPORTUNITY.
>>WITH ARE IN ALL IN COMPLETE AGREEMENT. 18
>>Lara: EUGENE NEEDS A CHANCE TO JUMP IN HERE.
IMPORTANT PART OF THE COMMUNITY THAT YOU REPRESENT.
>>THE THING IS, I MEAN, WE AGREE WITH ALL OF THIS IN TERM
WAS CONVERSATION. SOME OF IT HAS BEEN WHAT HAS
BEEN, I MEAN, TAKE IT FROM THE MOVIES.
WHAT ARE THE OPTICS? OPTICS THROUGH THE PRESS, AS
WELL AS WHAT HAS BEEN PRESENTED, EVEN FROM THE CITY,
IS THAT WHAT IS IT ACTUALLY? WE HAVE NO DEFINITIVE IDEA
WHAT THE PARK IS GOING TO ENTAIL.
GREAT IN TERMS OF INCLUSIVE THIS TERMS OF USING UNIVERSAL
DESIGN AND ALL OF THESE TYPE OF TECHNIQUES THAT NEED TO BE
INVOLVED, SAFETY, IN TERMS MAINTENANCE.
LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, ADMINISTRATION HAS PAID
ATTENTION TO THE PARK. PARKS HAVE BEEN ABYSMAL.
PLAYGROUNDS, PLAY EQUIPMENT, AND I CAN’T RECALL WHICH
COMMUNITY, BUT THE COMMUNITIES THEMSELVES HAD TO GO OUT AND
FAMILIES, WENT AND REFURBISHED THE PLAYGROUNDS.
IS THIS THE TYPE OF THING THAT WE’RE LOOKING AT?
I MEAN, APPRECIATE THE IN TERMS OF INTRODUCTION, IN
TERMS OF OFFER TO BUILD IT, BUT IT’S REALLY THE
MAINTENANCE.>>GREAT.
COMMITTEE HELPS OUT. IT SHOULD.
IF WE’RE RELYING ON THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE CARE OF
EVERY SINGLE THING, WE’RE IN TROUBLE.
WE NEED COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT.>>I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SPEAK 19
ABOUT HOW WE’RE ALL REALLY MOVING TOWARDS THE SAME GOAL.
SPECIFICALLY ABOUT HOW PAANIKAKO IS WORKING TOWARDS
THAT TWO VERY SPECIFIC WAYS. ONE IS THROUGH PUBLIC/PRIVATE
PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY TO RAISE FUNDS IN THE COMMUNITY,
BUILD THEM AND THEN GIFT THEM IT THE CITY.
ONE ROUTE. WE’RE ALREADY EARLY
EXPLORATION, SECOND PROJECT. OUT IN WEST OR CENTRAL OAHU.
WE AGREE. NEEDS TO BE EVERYWHERE.
THE OTHER WAY IS THROUGH ADVOCACY.
TO THE CITY. OFFERING OUR ON-SITE GUIDANCE
AND THE OPINION THAT EVERY PLAYGROUND THEY REFURBISH,
RENOVATE, ENLARGE AND REBUILD NEEDS TO BE INCLUSIVE.
STATEWIDE, IN CONVERSATIONS WITH MOMS ON NEIGHBOR ISLANDS.
>>Lara: QUESTIONS WE’RE GETTING FROM VIEWERS.
>>ISN’T SO MUCH ABOUT FUNDING FOR THE PARK ITSELF.
IT’S THE MAINTENANCE AND LIABILITY THAT COULD
POTENTIALLY COME AFTER.>>IF I MAY, THAT IS WHAT DOES
NOT WORK WITH YOUR PLANMENT BECAUSE IT’S A VOLUNTARY PLAN.
SO WE CANNOT DEPEND THAT THIS ORGANIZATION IS FOR 30 YEARS,
OR WHATEVER AS LONG AS IT’S GOING TO TAKE, TO KEEP THIS
MAINTENANCE UP. WHEREAS, WHEN YOU HAVE, ALONG
ALA MOANA, WHEN YOU HAVE ALL OF THESE LANDOWNERS,
DEVELOPERS, BUILDERS, THEY’RE THE ONES WHO ARE GOING TO GAIN
FROM MORE PARK LAND. EXPLAIN THAT.
>>OTHER CITIES USE MECHANISMS FINANCE, TAX INCREMENTS, 20
THERE’S –>>YOU HAVE TO STOP GIVING
INCORRECT INFORMATION.>>I AM NOT GIVING INCORRECT
INFORMATION.>>LONGTERM BASIS, LONGTERM
BASIS, YOU HAVE TO HAVE MECHANISMS SET UP WHERE THE
MONEY IS GOING TO COME FROM BUSINESS DISTRICTS, FINANCES,
SO THAT –>>Lara: SPECIFIC RESPONSES
TO THAT.>>AS I LONGTERM.
DOESN’T DEPEND ON NONPROFIT EXISTING OR NOT.
>>THAT’S WHY WE’RE DOING A PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP,
NOT STAND ALONE.>>WHAT IS YOUR
RESPONSIBILITY? IF YOU DECIDE — IF YOU MOVE,
GO ON, WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY?
>>SAY THEY FALL APART. YOU’RE RIGHT.
GOVERNMENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTAINING.
YOU NEED TO HOLD YOUR GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBLE.
BUSINESS ACROSS THE STREET ARE MAKING OUT BECAUSE THEY’VE
GOT –>>CAN’T KEEP DOING THAT IF HE
KEEPS SAYING THAT IT’S INCORRECT.
>>LET THEM RESPOND.>>PEOPLE’S PARK FOR
EVERYBODY. WE DO THOSE THINGS.
DEVELOPER PROVIDE FUNDING FOR PARKS.
>>THE PARK DEDICATION. GOES INTO A SPECIAL FUND.
SO YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT ALL OF THIS, WE SHOULD BE HAVING THEM
BUILD PARKS ALL OVER THE PLACE.
THAT SYSTEM THAT’S ALREADY SET UP. 21
IT HAPPENS.>>PARK BEING BUILT BY
SOMEBODY. WHY IS IT GOING INTO ALA
MOANA? THIS IS A PARK WE ALREADY
HAVE. YES, CITY’S RESPONSIBILITY AND
WE CAN USE CAPITOL MONEY TO IMPROVE IT.
ALSO. BIG PICTURE.
WHOLE ISLAND.>>YOU WANTED TO RESPOND.
BACK ALL THE WAY UP EARLIER IN THE CONVERSATION TALKING ABOUT
THESE PEOPLE AND DEVELOPERS. BECAUSE I GUESS I’M THESE
PEOPLE. I’M THE ONE SORT OF LEADING
THIS EFFORT. I JUST WANT TO BE CLEAR THAT
I’M NOT DEVELOPER. I’M NOT —
>>YOUR PARTNER IS.>>YES.
ALANA IS PART OF A GENERATION OF MOMS.
MAY I FINISH PLEASE? I’VE GIVEN YOU THE COURTESY.
GENERATIONS LONG HAWAI’I FAMILY BUILT UP BUSINESS FROM
GROUND UP AND THEY’RE OFTEN PERCEIVED AS BUILDING ONLY
LUXURY. I WOULD TELL YOU RIGHT NOW,
THE ONLY PROJECT THEY’RE ACTIVELY WORKING ON IS A 200
UNIT AFFORDABLE RENTAL COMPLEX, THREE BLOCKS FROM
PARK LANE. THOSE ARE CHILDREN WE’RE
HOPING TO WALK THEM TO THE PLAYGROUND AS WELL.
>>SHE BRINGS US, I KNOW A LOT ABOUT ENOF INCLUES I HAVE TI.
MOM OF A SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD. I DON’T KNOW PROCESS OF THE
CITY. TAKES TEAMWORK. 22
VARIOUS SKILLS SET. SHE BRINGS THAT.
WORKING MOM, TWO YOUNG CHILDREN, TIME IS PRECIOUS.
GIVE SO MUCH OF IT TO THIS PROJECT.
BE VILLIFYED IN THE PRESS.>>WOULD YOU BE AGAINST
PUTTING THIS PLAN INTO THE KEIKI ZONE AT KAKAAKO?
>>WE HAVE EXPLORED OPTION. IT WAS RAISED AND REALLY COMES
DOWN TO ONE WORD. THAT IS SAFETY.
KAKAAKO AS WE’VE SEEN, EVEN IN THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS,
ABOUT THE DOG ATTACK. MOM HAD TO HOLD THE TODDLER
OVERHEAD. MOM TAKING SEVERAL CHILDREN TO
A PLAYGROUND COULDN’T DO THAT. MOM OF A LARGER CHILD COULDN’T
DO THAT.>>WHAT IS THE SAFETY ISSUE?
>>UNPREDICTABILITY AND UNSAFENESS OF THAT AREA
DEMONSTRATED HOUSELESS ISSUE. RECURRENT AND REPETITIVE
HOUSELESS. DID HAVE YOU A CHANCE TO READ
THE ARTICLE IN YESTERDAY’S PAPER?
>>IN OTHER WORDS, SAFE AND CITY HAS TO DEAL WITH —
FINALLY COME TO GRIPS WITH THE FACT THAT WE HAVE HOMELESS
HOUSELESS PEOPLE AND THEY NEED TO SOLVE THAT PROBLEM.
IS THAT RIGHT?>>THAT IS TRUE.
REALLY STARTING — FIVE YOU QUESTIONS.
SPECIFIC — WE CAN GET BACK TO THIS.
THERE’S SOME SPECIFICS ABOUT PARTICULAR PARTS OF THE
REDEVELOPMENT. ONE, ABOUT THE HAVING DOGS IN
THE PARK. PEOPLE DON’T — NECESSARILY 23
AGREE WITH THAT. AND ALSO, FIXING SOME OF THE
OTHER AREAS IN THE PARK BEFORE YOU ENTER INTO, SAY, ADDING A
PLAYGROUND, FOR EXAMPLE, HAVING FIXING RESTROOM.
SHOULD WE BE DOING THINGS LIKE THAT FIRST?
ALSO KEEPING MORE GREEN SPACE IN THE AREA FROM THE FREQUENT
USER OF A PARK FOR 30 YEARS. HE SAYS, FROM KALIHI.
SO I THINK THAT IS PART OF THE HESITATION I THINK WITH SOME
OF THE PEOPLE IN HOW THEY VIEW WHAT SHOULD OR SHOULDN’T
HAPPEN THERE. ARE THERE CERTAIN AREAS THAT
SHOULD BE REVITALIZED FIRST BEFORE WE ENTER INTO SOMETHING
ELSE?>>I DON’T SEE WHY WE CAN’T DO
BOTH AT THE SAME TIME. COMFORT STATIONS, THEY ARE ONE
OF THEM IS FINISHED. UNDER IS UNDER RENOVATION
RIGHT NOW. THOSE ARE BEING DONE.
FIXED A LOT OF THE WALKWAYS. SHOWER HAS BEEN FIXED.
ONE OF THE AREAS. CONCESSION STAND.
THERE A LOT OF MAINTENANCE GOING ON.
I MENTIONED IRRIGATION AND TREE PLANTING.
QUESTION FROM JOE. IS IT NOT A PART OF THE
CONTRACT FOR NEW CONDOS THAT THE ALA MOANA MALL THAT THERE
WOULD BE UPGRADES TO THE PARK? IS THAT NOT PART OF IT OR IS
THIS.>>DOESN’T NECESSARILY HAVE TO
BE THIS PARK. THAT’S WHAT WE WERE TALKING
ABOUT. DEVELOPERS ARE REQUIRED TO
PROVIDE BASICALLY PARK DEDICATION FUNDS. 24
IT GOES INTO A PARK DEDICATION SPECIAL FUND.
THAT DPR THEN MANAGES WHAT TO WITH THOSE FUNDS IN TERMS OF
HOW IT’S GOING TO BE USED IN PARKS.
SOMETIMES, DEVELOPER ACTUALLY CREATES A PARK.
SO THAT IS DONE QUITE OFTEN. SUCH AS OUT ANY THINK ONE OF
MORE RECENT ONES WAS HASEKO PARK, I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS
CALLED RIGHT NOW. HASEKO DEDICATED HUGE PARK IN
EWA REGION. SAME THING IN THE KAKAAKO
AREA. CREATING PARKS.
SO INSTEAD OF JUST GIVING MONEY, SOMETIMES THEY ACTUALLY
CREATE THE PARK. THEN DEDICATE IT OVER TO THE
CITY.>>Lara: AS FAR AS WHAT THE
FOCUS FOR SOME OF THE REDEVELOPMENT, IMAGERY OF SOME
OF THE PROPOSALS TO WIDENING SOME OF THE AREAS WHAT NO. I
THINK WE’RE GOING TO TAKEN A LOOK AT THIS.
FOR SOME FOLKS, THERE CONSIDERED A SAFETY ISSUE.
SOME FOLKS, CONCERNS ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT IT’S GOING TO
BE TAKEN UP TO THE PARKING. LET’S TAKE A LOOK.
PIIKOI ENTRANCE HERE. WHAT IT WOULD LOOK LIKE BASED
ON REDEVELOPMENT. KIND OF OPENING IT UP THERE.
AND I THINK WE ALSO HAVE SOME OTHER TRANSITIONS THAT WE SEE
WITH DIFFERENT AREAS OF THE PARK.
AGAIN, PIIKOI ENTRANCE. WHAT IT WOULD LIKE.
BEFORE, AND THEN WHAT IT WOULD LOOK LIKE AFTERWARDS.
I THINK WE HAVE ANOTHER. MAYBE WE CAN TAKE LOOK AT THE 25
MAKAI AREA I BELIEVE OF THE PARK.
AND THAT IS KIND OF ALONG THE WATERFRONT AREA THERE.
WE CAN SEE HERE, WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE RIGHT NOW.
SEE TRAFFIC GOING IN. PARKING.
WHAT IT COULD CHANGE. SIGNIFICANT WIDENING OF THE
WALKWAY AREA. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS AS TO
WHY THIS IS A PART OF THE DESIGN ELEMENT?
>>THESE ARE SOME OF THE PROPOSED PROJECTS FOR THE
ENTIRE PARK. ENTRANCE THAT YOU SAW, FIRST
SET OF PICTURE, THAT, IDEA BEHIND IT IS TO, GRAND PARK.
IT SHOULD REALLY HAVE A GRAND ENTRANCE TO IT.
SO WE’VE DECIDED TO ANALYZE WIDENING THE ENTRANCE AREA
OVER THE CANAL. BRIDGES ARE QUITE NARROW.
SERPENTINE WAY YOU GET IN. WIDEN PIIKOI ENTRANCE.
WE CAN ENTER THE PARK. ONE OF THE PROPOSALS.
REALLY HAVEN’T GOTTEN ANY NEGATIVE COMMENTS ON THAT I
THINK THAT’S WELL-SUPPORTED. THE SECOND SET OF PICTURES YOU
SHOWED, THE IDEA WAS SEVERAL-FOLD.
WE WANTED TO CREATE A MULTIUSE PATH.
THE PATH THAT ALONG THE SEA WALL RIGHT NOW, IS SOMEWHAT
NARROW. IT’S CONSTRICTING IN CERTAIN
AREAS. INTENT WAS TO WIDEN IT AN
TREAT IT LITTLE MORE SOME PEOPLE CALLED IT A PROMENADE.
PLACES, PEOPLE WALK ALONG. AND TURN IT INTO A MULTIUSE
PATH. WE STILL THINK THAT’S A GOOD 26
IDEA. BECAUSE THE NARROWNESS OF IT
RIGHT NOW, IS VERY CONSTRICTING AND A LOT OF
OVERFLOW ON TO IT THAT PEOPLE USE AND CAUSE BLOCKAGES.
BUT THE REALITY OF THAT IS THE BEEN KILLED BY COUNCIL.
THEY PASSED A LAW THAT IS PROHIBITING US FROM ACTUALLY
WIDENING IT.>>Lara: THAT THE SAME CASE
ALSO ON THE MAGIC ISLAND SIDE? I BELIEVE —
>>EVERYTHING MAKAI OF THE ROAD.
BASICALLY. WE CANNOT WIDEN.
DONE BY LAW.>>FRANKLY, THAT IS COUNCIL
OVERSTEPPING THEIR DUTIES. GETTING INTO EXECUTIVE
MATTERS.>>Lara: THOSE ARE OUT.
>>WE HAVEN’T DECIDED TO FIGHT IT.
PIIKOI IS, THAT’S MAUKA OF THE ROAD.
THAT’S NOT AN ISSUE. IT’S WELL-SUPPORTED.
>>THIS IS, I KNOW COMMENTS FROM PANEL HERE.
GETTING A LITTLE BIT OFF OF TOPIC.
AS FAR AS TALKING ABOUT THE HOUSELESS SITUATION IN
KAKAAKO. MAYBE THAT’S PART OF THE
REASON WHY IT WASN’T THERE. BUT THIS IS SOME OF THE
QUESTIONS THAT ARE COMING IN. COMMENTS COMING IN.
THIS IS ON A LOT OF PEOPLE’S MINDS INCLUDING MICHAEL FROM
MAKIKI. HOW ARE HOMELESS IN THE PARK
GOING TO BE CONTROLLED WHEN THE PARK IS IMPROVED.
CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN SOME OF THE OTHER 27
PARKS AND HOW THAT MAY BE AFFECTING DEVELOPMENT, WHERE
WE CHOOSE TO DEVELOP, AS WELL AS WHAT COULD POSSIBLY HAPPEN
IN ALA MOANA PARK IF WE GO THESE RENOVATIONS, WE ADD NEW
PLAYGROUND AREA, WE STILL HAVE AN ISSUE WITH THAT WITHIN OUR
MANY COMMUNITIES. SO WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS AS
FAR AS REALLY, FOR SOME PEOPLE MIGHT SAY ELEPHANT IN THE
ROOM. THIS ISEN ISSUE IN ANY OF
THESE AREAS. AND WHAT IS BEING DISCUSSED TO
ADDRESS THAT?>>WELL, ADDRESSING
UNSHELTERED HOMELESS AROUND THE ISLAND IS A HUGE TOPIC I
WOULD THINK IS WHOLE OTHER HOUR.
>>FACTORING IN DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT.
>>A LOT OF THAT GOING ON. THE PARK RANGERS I THINK HAVE
PROVIDED A SIGNIFICANT SUCCESS IN ALA MOANA REGIONAL PARK
ITSELF. I DON’T THINK THE HOMELESSNESS
ISSUE IS A HUGE ISSUE IN THAT PARK RIGHT NOW.
SOME OF THESE THINGS ARE MUCH MORE SUITED TO THIS AREA
BECAUSE WE ARE DOING A MUCH BETTER JOB OF MANAGING THAT
THERE.>>Lara: DURING OUR EXTENSIVE
PERIOD OF STUDYING SAFETY AND SUSTAINABLE, REACHED OUT TO
HPD FOR INNOVATIVE WAY TO PARTNER FOR INCREASE SAFETY IN
THE NIGHTTIME HOURS. PARK RANGERS WILL HELP DOING
THAT DURING THE DAY. WHAT THEY COMMUNICATED TO US,
REALLY NEEDED A WORK SPACE AN A CLEAN RESTROOM AT NIGHT.
PART OF WHAT WE’RE BUILDING IS A WORK SPACE WHICH WILL WI-FI 28
AND DESK AND LIGHTS AND ACCESS TO A CLEAN RESTROOM AT NIGHT.
AND PARKING SPOT. SO BY GIVING A PLACE THAT
ATTRACTIVE FOR THEM TO WORK AND SUPPORT THEIR WORK, WE’RE
HOPING TO INCREASE THE PRESENCE AT NIGHT HOURS.
WHICH WILL BE ADDED FOR THE WHOLE PARK.
NOT JUST THE PLAYGROUND. THAT’S A WAY WE’RE TRYING TO
CONTRIBUTE TO IMPROVING THE ENTIRE PARK.
>>THAT CAN BE DONE BY — I’M GOING TO LET EUGENE JUMP IN
HERE.>>IT COME BACK TO FULL CIRCLE
DUE DILLIGENCE IN THE EIS. HAVE THEY BEEN LAID OUT AND
STUDIED? APPRECIATE ALL THE WORK SHE’S
DONE AS FAR AS YOUR GROUP IN TERMS OF RESEARCH.
BUT WHERE IS THAT AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC VIEW THAT WE CAN
UNDERSTAND? HELP US UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU
LOOKED AT SO WE CAN UNDERSTAND WHY YOU WANT THE PARK THAT
TYPE OF PARK AT THAT AREA.>>LAND HAS PRESENTED WITH
PROPOSALS OF OTHER AREAS, WHERE PLAYGROUND AND PARKS
NEEDED. SO THAT, THOSE THINGS ON THE
MIND.>>GO AHEAD.
>>ISSUE OF SAFETY, COMES IN MANY FORMS.
EVEN IN THE PRESENTATION IN TERMS OF EVEN THOUGH THINGS
OCEAN SIDE OF THE ALA MOANA BEACH PARK ROAD OR WHAT HAVE
YOU, CANNOT BE TOUCHED IN CITY ORDINANCE, OTHER SIDE IN TERMS
OF SAFETY IN TERMS OF THE PARKING PLANS, HAS THAT REALLY
BEEN STUDIED? STUDIES SHOWING THAT PARALLEL 29
VERSUS PERPENDICULAR, AMOUNT OF ACCIDENTS, AND STUFF.
ALSO, THE ISSUE IN TERMS OF THE PROMENADE.
IT’S NOT SO MUCH THAT IT’S MIXED USE.
BUT WHO IS GOING IT REGULATE IT?
WHO IS GOING TO MAINTAIN IT AND WHO IS GOING TO ENFORCE?
I MEAN, EVEN NOW WITH THE DOG PARK, ISSUE IS THAT DOGS ARE
BY LAW, SUPPOSED TO BE ON LEASH.
BUT HOW MANY TIMES THAT WE’RE OUT THERE SURFING OR AT THE
BEACH, AND DOGS ARE OFF LEASH? AND ON THE BEACH.
WHO IS ENFORCING THAT? SERIOUS HEALTH ISSUES.
EVEN IN AUSTRALIA, THEY’RE OUTLAWED TO HAVE DOGS ON THE
BEACH BECAUSE OF THEIR HEALTH ISSUE.
THINGS NEED TO BE VETTED, DISCUSSED AND BROUGHT TOGETHER
COMPROMISES WE CAN WORK ON.>>Lara: I WANT TO RESPOND TO
THAT. BUT I WANT TO REINFORCE.
GET TO VIEWER QUESTIONS. RANDY SAYING, WHY DO THE MAYOR
ENTER INTO THE PLAYGROUND DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT WITHOUT
COMPLETING THE DRAFT EIS AND ALSO, ANOTHER ONE, WHY ISN’T A
COMPLETE DESCRIPTION OF THE PARK IN THE SECOND DRAFT OF
THE EIS? WHAT IS THERE SEEMS TO COME
STRAIGHT FROM THE — WHAT IS SEEMS TO COME STRAIGHT FROM
THE STAR BULLETIN ARTICLE. THEY HAVE SOME CONCERNS AS TO
WHAT IS BEING REVEALED, EXPLAINED INCLUDED IN THE EIS
AND PUBLIC VIEW.>>RIGHT.
SO I’M NOT SURE I — I KNOW I DON’T NECESSARILY AGREE WITH 30
YOU 100% ON THAT. THE PUBLIC INPUT THAT WE
RECEIVED FOR THIS HAS BEEN MUCH MORE THAN WE WOULD EVER
RECEIVE ON NORMAL PROJECTS LIKE THIS.
SO WE’VE HAD AT LEAST THREE PUBLIC MEETINGS.
YOU’VE INVITED US TO YOUR OWN PERSONAL MEETINGS WITH WHERE
WE’VE ATTENDED. AND WE’VE RECEIVED COMMENTS AT
TWO DIFFERENT COMMENT PERIODS. SO WE’RE RECEIVING AND
ANALYZING COMMENTS FROM ALL OVER THE PLACE.
REMEMBER, WE’RE JUST IN THE EIS PHASE.
SO REALLY, WHAT WE’RE ANALYZING IS THE IMPACTS TO
EVERYTHING. AND OF COURSE, THAT COMES
WITH, YOU’RE RIGHT, CULTURAL, ECONOMIC, ACTUAL ENVIRONMENTAL
AS IN MARINE BIOLOGY, FLORA, FAUNA, ALL OF THOSE THINGS.
BEING ANALYZED. ONE OF THE REASONS WE WENT OUT
WITH A SECOND EIS IS BECAUSE WE REALIZED BASED ON SOME OF
THE COMMENTS WE RECEIVED, NEEDED TO ANALYZE SOME OTHER
PART, CULTURALLY A LITTLE CLOSER.
WE’VE DONE THAT AND GONE THROUGH THEM.
I GUESS THE OBJECTION I HAVE A LITTLE BIT IS IN THE END,
THERE’S STILL HAS TO BE A DECISION MADE.
AND WITH WE GO ONE WAY OR THE OTHER.
AND JUST BECAUSE THAT DECISION ISN’T WHAT YOU WANT, DOESN’T
MEAN WE’RE NOT LISTENING. WE’RE ANALYZING PRO’S AND CONS
OF ALL OF THESE DIFFERENT PROJECTS.
DIFFERENT PIECES OF DIFFERENT PARTS. 31
AND TRYING TO COME UP WITH THE BEST SOLUTION TO THE PURPOSE
AND NEED OF THIS PARK. WHICH HAS BEEN CLEARLY STATED
ON WHAT WE NEED. IN THE END, WE’LL DECIDE
WHETHER THE ENVIRONMENT IS IMPACTED SIGNIFICANTLY OR NOT.
THEN AFTER THAT, IT’S STILL COMES DOWN TO EXECUTING
SPECIFIC PROJECTS. WHICH GOES THROUGH A WHOLE
OTHER PROCESS. WE HAVE TO SAY, PUT THE MONEY
TOWARD IT. YOU HAVE TO GET THE PERMITS.
GOT ALL OF THE STAKEHOLDERS LOOKING AT IT.
THIS IS ALL STILL GOING TO BE VETTED IN MANY WAYS.
WHAT YOU’RE SAYING IS WE HAVE RECEIVED A LOT OF INPUT.
YOU’VE RECEIVED A LOT OF INPUT FROM US.
WE DON’T NECESSARILY AGREE 100%, BUT WE HAVE TO AGREE TO
DISAGREE SOMETIMES. BUT MOVE ON.
I THINK THIS HAS BEEN A WELL VETTED PROJECT AND WE’VE
GOTTEN A LOT OF INPUT. MADE CHANGES.
WE’VE MADE CHANGES BASED ON A LOT OF INPUT.
>>I HAVE A QUESTION. RESPOND TO SOMETHING.
HAVE WE REALLY COME TO THE POINT IN OUR ISLAND THAT WE
WILL NOT DO SOMETHING BECAUSE IT’S DIFFICULT?
WHEN JOHN F KENNEDY SAID WE’RE GOING TO GO TO THE MOON, WE
DIDN’T KNOW HOW TO DO ANYTHING.
IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE. WITHIN NOON YEARS, TEN YEARS,
WE WERE AT THE MOON. IS IT THAT BECAUSE IT’S
UNSAFE, RIGHT NOW, AT KAKAAKO, THAT MEANS THAT THAT’S OFF THE 32
TABLE? DOES IT MEAN THAT’S A HARD
THING TO DO WE JUST SAY, OH, WELL, CAN’T DO THAT AND THEN
GO DO SOMETHING ELSE?>>NONE OF US HAVE SAID
KAKAAKO OFF THE TABLE.>>HOW DO WE TACKLE–HOW DO WE
GO INTO AND FIGURE OUT AS A COMMUNITY, HOW DO WE HELP THE
PEOPLE WHO ARE THERE? CREATE, EUGENE AN YOU WERE
TALKING ABOUT THIS IN TERMS OF MEDICINE AND MEDICAL FIELD,
HOW DO WE DEAL WITH THESE ISSUES SO WE DON’T LOSE
KAKAAKO. KAKAAKO BECOMES VIABLE PLACE
TO LIVE PLANED AND FOR A PARK. ?
–>>I’M NOT SURE WHY WE’RE
TALKING ABOUT KAKAAKO. NOBODY SAYS ANYTHING ABOUT
KAKAAKO. WE’RE GOING TO WORK ON
KAKAAKO.>>BECAUSE THERE’S A KEIKI
ZONE ALREADY SET UP. THERE CAN BE ONE THERE AND AT
ALA MOANA.>>THERE COULD BE BUT ALSO YOU
COULD TAKE THIS AND YOU COULD PUT IT OVER THERE.
AND LEAVE ALA MOANA AND IT’S OPEN SPACE ALONE BECAUSE YOU
HAVE 40, 35,000 PEOPLE COMING IN, OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS,
LET’S CREATE ANOTHER PARK, ANOTHER DESTINATION,.
>>LET ME ASK YOU THIS, DO YOU FEEL LIKE THAT NEEDS TO BE
ADDRESSED BEFORE SOME OF THESE PARK RENOVATIONS UPGRADED?
>>WE CAN’T JUST GIVE UP BECAUSE THERE IS THIS ISSUE
HERE. IF WE FEEL LIKE YOU WERE SAY,
YOU CAN SAY EIS SAYS THIS, AND HAS THIS IMPACTED AND THAT 33
IMPACT, ALL OF THAT MEANS IS WELL, YOU COULD DO IT, YOU
CAN’T DO IT. THERE’S A DECISION LIKE YOU
SAID. DECISION SHOULD IT BE DONE?
WHAT SHOULD BE DONE? BASED ON WHAT?
SO HERE WE HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO DEVELOP KAKAAKO
AND TO MAKE IT ANOTHER DESTINATION WHERE THEY ALREADY
HAVE THE CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY CENTER.
AND SO WHY NOT TAKE THIS IDEA, WHICH I THINK IF YOU WANT TO
PUT THESE THINGS OVER THERE, PUT THEM OVER THERE.
AND LEAVE THE REGIONAL PARK ALONG, AND MAKE ANOTHER
DESTINATION. BECAUSE WE HAVE SO MANY NEW
PEOPLE COMING IN TO THE AREA. SO NOW, WE HAVE MORE SPACE,
MORE DESTINATION, MORE PLACES FOR PEOPLE TO PLAY, AND SO I
DON’T DISAGREE WITH THE GOAL. I DISAGREE WITH HOW THEY’RE
TRYING TO GET TO THE GOAL.>>I DON’T THINK ANYBODY IS
GIVING UP ON KAKAAKO. I’M CERTAINLY NOT.
GOING TO TAKE UNPRECEDENTED COLLABORATION ACROSS OUR
COMMUNITY AND PROBABLY SOME INVASIVE SOLUTIONS TO
REALLY — INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO SOLVE THAT PROBLEM.
BEING AT THIS TABLE AND HAVING A SENSE HE HAVE COMMUNITY, WE
CAN ACCOMPLISH THAT. I DON’T SEE ANY SHORT TERM OR
MEDIUM TERM SUSTAINABILITY SOLUTIONS TO MAKE IT SAFE
ENOUGH TO INVITE CHILDREN INCLUDING MOST VULNERABLE INTO
THAT SPACE TO PLAY. SO YOU KNOW, NINE OR TEN YEARS
TO GET TO THE MOON, FOR US, AT THIS TABLE, 2 OR 3, 4, YEARS 34
GOES BY LIKE THAT. FOR CHILDREN, EVERY MONTH IS
IMPORTANT. EVERY YEAR IS INVALUABLE.
WE CAN’T SPEND FIVE OR EIGHT YEARS SECURING KAKAAKO BEFORE
WE BUILD A PLAYGROUND BECAUSE THERE ARE CHILDREN WILL LEAVE
CHILDHOOD WITHOUT HAVING A CHANCE TO PLAY OR WILL DIE.
WE’RE TRYING TO MAKE PARTS OF ALA MOANA REGIONAL PARK
USEFUL.>>IT’S NOT DEAD SPACE.
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN DOWN THERE 4TH OF JULY?
WHEN THE SURF IS UP COME ON. IT’S USED.
>>Lara: WE NEED TO CONTINUE THIS DISCUSSION.
WOULD IMAGINE. COMMENTS WE’RE GETTING WOULD
FALL INTO THE COMMENT PERIOD. CLOSES IN MARCH.
FOR THIS PARTICULAR EIS?>>SECOND.
>>Lara: ALL PART OF THE DISCUSSION.
WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHAT SOME OF THE COMMENTS COMING IN.
ALA MOANA HAS BEEN FINE FOR FAMILIES FOR 50 YEARS.
THIS IS A MONEY GRAB. LEAVE THE PARK ALONG.
LOCAL FAMILIES. SHOULD REMAIN THE SAME.
ADDING UPGRADES WOULD ONLY TAKE AWAY GREEN SPACE THAT
OAHU DESPERATELY NEEDS. WITH THE EXPANSION, TALKING
ABOUT PARKING, ISSUES WITH PEOPLE BEING CONCERNED ABOUT
PARKING. JOHN FROM PEARL CITY, ALSO DAN
FROM PEARL CITY ASKING ABOUT THE LOSS OF PARKING.
I THINK THIS REALLY LENDS TO THE CHALLENGE THAT YOU HAVE AS
FAR AS HOW MUCH PUBLIC INPUT DO WE NEED HERE? 35
HOW MUCH TIME? DO WE FEEL LIKE THERE’S ENOUGH
TRANSPARENCY? DO WE FEEL LIKE THERE’S BEEN
ENOUGH ACCESSIBILITY FOR THE COMMUNITY TO BE ABLE TO INPUT
ENOUGH?>>I MEAN, OVERWHELMING
RESPONSE, RECEIVED, ISSUES THAT IT’S A MASTER PROJECT.
APPLAUD THE CITY ADMINISTRATION AND FOR YOU TO
TAKE ON THIS. THE THING IS, IT’S ALL
INTERCONNECTED. EVEN THE ISSUE OF THE SAND
REPLENISHMENT. SITES THEY’VE CHOSEN FOR THE
SAND REPLENISHMENT DRIFT FROM ALA WAI.
ISSUES AS FAR AS WHAT ABOUT THE CONTAMINANT IN THE SAND
THAT WOULD BE PLACING THAT SAND ON THE BEACH WHERE THERE
WILL BE CHILDREN PLAYING, CHILDREN EATING THE SAND,
ANIMAL EATING THE SAND. POSSIBLY IN TERMS OF HOW WOULD
YOU BE ABLE TO CLEAN THE SAND?>>WE’RE IF NOT GOING TO PUT
ANY SAND THAT HAS CONTAMINANTS.
SAY THOSE THINGS, PEOPLE HEAR THAT, START THINKING THERE’S
CONTAMINANTS IN THE SAND. WE WILL NOT BE PUTTING
CONTAMINANTS IN THE SAND.>>THAT NEEDS TO BE VETTED AND
PRESENTED. C ENGINEERING SAMPLES ARE NOT
ADEQUATE. IN TERMS OF —
>>YOU HAVE OPPORTUNITY TO DISPUTE THAT AND PROVE IT.
WE HAVE. WAITING FOR THE REPLIES IN THE
EIS. EIS GREAT FORUM.
WAITED FOR THE REPLIES AND CHANGES WOULD WILL BE IN THE 36
MAYOR’S STATEMENT ITSELF, SAYS IT’S GOING TO BE A WORK IN
PROGRESS.>>I APPRECIATE THAT.
ALL INTERCONNECTED EVEN THE SAFETY ISSUE.
HOW MUCH OF THAT OVERFLOW FROM KAKAAKO OF TERMS OF BEING ABLE
TO MANAGE THAT WON’T FLOW IN. HOMELESS THAT LEAVE THE PARK
AT NIGHT AND COME BACK THE NEXT DAY.
REGULARS ON MAGIC ISLAND WHEN I GO OUT TO SURF OR PADDLE
THERE, THEY’RE THERE AGAIN. PARK RANGERS HAVE THE CAPACITY
OR CAPABILITIES OR JURISDICTION TO BE ABLE TO
ENFORCE THAT.>>WELL, ALSO, JUST BEING
HOMELESS DOESN’T MEAN YOU CAN’T USE THE PARK.
YOU CAN’T USE IT AT CERTAIN HOURS.
>>AS USUAL, TIME IS FLYING BY IN THIS HOUR.
ONLY HAVE A FEW MINUTES LEFT. MAKE SURE EVERYBODY GETS
ENCAPSULATE THEIR THOUGHTS BEFORE WE START TO WRAP THINGS
UP. I WANT TO TURN IT TO YOU.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE BEST ARGUMENT FOR ALLOWING THE
PLAYGROUND AT ALA MOANA PARK?>>ALREADY WELL USED, WELL
LOVED PARK. IT’S ENORMOUS.
119 ACRES. ASKING FOR ONE.
BEHIND A CONCESSION PUBLIC RESTROOM.
FAIRLY UNUTILIZED PLACE. THAT WILL BE THE FIRST
OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL CHILDREN ON THIS ISLAND TO PLAY
TOGETHER IN A FAMILY, PLACE THEIR FAMILIES ALREADY
FREQUENT. AND HAVE CELEBRATIONS AND 37
SPEND HOLIDAYS IN.>>Lara: COMMUNITY WANTS
THIS. THE BROADER COMMUNITY.
THERE ARE SEGMENTS OF OUR COMMUNITY WHO DO NOT.
I APPRECIATE HAVING ALL OF THE VOICES.
THAT’S A HEALTHY COMMUNITY. WHEN WE HAVE ALL VOICES.
SOME WHO DON’T AGREE. THIS IS IMPORTANT FOR BUILDING
COMMUNITIES, FROM YOUNG CHILD TIME UP.
WHEN WE KNOW EACH OTHER. WE TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER.
AND WHEN WE LEARN ABOUT EACH OTHER, WHEN WE’RE VERY YOUNG,
WHEN WE ARE FREE TO ASK QUESTIONS, AND FORECLOSURES,
WHEN KIDS WOULD ASK ME, WHAT IS THAT — WHY IS SHE EATING
THROUGH A TUBE? I WOULD EXPLAIN, IT WAS
NORMAL. THIS IS A CHANCE, THE TIME,
AND THIS IS THE PLACE. WE WANT TO I CAN MAY SURE LET
EVERYBODY COMMENT. WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS THE
STRONGEST ARGUMENT AGAINST HAVING THIS PARK, THIS
PLAYGROUND AT ALA MOANA PARK?>>I WOULD SIMPLY SAY I WANT
TO SEE INCLUSIVITY AT ALL OF OUR COMMUNITY PARK.
I DON’T BELIEVE FAMILY IN KAHUKU, MILILANI, WAIMANALO,
AVENUE, AFTER DINNER, AFTER MOM AND DAD HAVE WORKED, ALL
DAY, THEY’RE GOING TO PACK EVERYBODY UP IN THE CAR TO
DRIVE ALL THE WAY DOWN TO ALA MOANA SO THEY CAN SWING
SOMEBODY ON A SWING. BUT IF THAT SAME, SAME
EQUIPMENT IS IN THEIR COMMUNITY PARK, WHERE THEY
KNOW THE PEOPLE AROUND THEM, WHERE THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILY 38
ARE AROUND THEM, THAT IS WHERE WE NEED TO PUT THIS
IMMEDIATELY. THAT’S A QUICKER FIX THAN THIS
DEVELOPING OF A PARK. HAWAIʻI SAY THAT IS THE FIRST
THING. THEN I WOULD SAY, THAT’S MY —
THEN I WOULD ALSO WANT TO SAY,.
>>Lara: MOVE ON.>>GET THE WATER STUFF AT ALA
MOANA BEACH PARK.>>Lara: LET YOU TALK ABOUT,
WHAT WOULD SATISFY YOU AS FAR AS CONCERNS FOR THE MASTER
PLAN, HAVING THE COMMUNITY INPUT?
>>AGAIN, SERVE THE PEOPLE. I THINK THAT CITY DONE AMPLE
JOB IN TERMS OF THAT. SEE WHAT THE RESULTS ARE.
THE ISSUES ARE PARTICULARS. AGAIN, IT’S THE DEVIL IS IN
THE DETAILS. AGAIN, THE PARK REFERENCES THE
STAR ADVERTISER ARTICLE. IT HAS PROVIDES NO SUBSTANCE
AS FAR AS WHAT THE PLANS ARE. PRESENTING IF YOU READ THE
EIS, REFLECTION OF THE PLAYGROUND, HAS INFORMATION
ABOUT IT. OPEN WHAT WAS AVAILABLE IN THE
LINKS. STAR ADVERTISER ARTICLE.
SO AGAIN, SORT OF ALL OF A SUDDEN, THROWN IN THERE.
THAT’S WHY THE EMOTIONAL RESPONSE.
IS IT SOMETHING GOING TO BE SWEPT UNDER THE TABLE BECAUSE
IT’S IN THIS MASTER PLAN? OR WHERE ARE DETAILS?
THINGS THAT WE CAN ACCESS TO BE ABLE TO MAKE APPROPRIATE
DECISIONS? SAME WITH THE OTHERS.
>>Lara: FINAL COMMENT.>>THANK YOU. 39
THIS FANTASTIC. MY JOB WOULD BE SO MUCH EASIER
IF WE ALWAYS ALL AGREED. THAT NEVER HAPPENS IN ANYTHING
THAT I DO. ANY OF THE PROJECTS THAT WE
DO. THIS DISCUSSION HAS TO HAPPEN.
I FEEL COMFORTABLE THAT IT’S BEEN SOLID AND OPEN AND GOOD
CONVERSATION. SOME OF THIS HAS TO DO A
LITTLE BIT WITH THE MISUNDERSTANDING OF WHAT AN
EIS IS. SO YOU’RE NOT GOING TO GET
FULLY VETTED DESIGNED PLANS IN AN EIS.
USUALLY, IT’S ABOUT 30% DESIGN AND THEN AS LONG AS THAT SHOWS
THAT YOU’RE NOT GOING TO HAVE A HUGE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT,
THEN YOU MOVE FORWARD AND DEVELOP THOSE DESIGNS LATER
AND THAT HAPPENS WITH COMMUNITY INPUT SIMILARLY.
I THINK I FULLY AGREE WITH YOU THAT ALL OF OUR PARKS NEED
WORK AND NEED ATTENTION. AND THEY HAVE.
WE’VE FIXED OVER 100 PLAY GROUNDS.
OVER 300 PLAY COURT SERVICES. OVER 80 COMFORT STATIONS ALL
AROUND THE ISLAND.>>Lara: THAT INFORMATION IS
ACCESSIBLE ON LINE.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH ALL OF
YOU. EVERYBODY IS HERE GENERALLY
ACCESSIBLE. NO DOUBT NO QUESTIONS TO COME.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL OF YOUR TIME.
MAHALO TO YOU FOR JOINING US TONIGHT –
AND WE THANK OUR GUESTS – ROBERT KRONING, DIRECTOR OF
THE DEPARTMENT OF DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION FOR THE CITY AND 40
COUNTY OF HONOLULU SALVATORE LANZILOTTI,
RETIREE, PHOTOGRAPHER AND CONCERNED CITIZEN.
TIFFANY VARA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF PA’ANI KAKOU
AND. AND EUGENE LEE, A MEMBER OF
MALAMA MOANA. NEXT WEEK ON INSIGHTS –
THE HIGH COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. WHAT CAN BE DONE TO
MAKE THEM AFFORDABLE TO THOSE WHO NEED THEM MOST.
I’M LARA YAMADA FOR INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAI`I – A HUI HOU!

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