A10 >>Monday 7/23/2012

Yes, Hawaii Kai loves Foodland. (“Foodland considering a return to     Hawaii Kai,” Star-Advertiser, July 20).

This was clearly shown by our fight to keep their store open in Koko   Marina as long as possible.

But Hawaii Kai residents love their community more than they love Foodland, and residents are very concerned about over-development, traffic congestion and a lack of carrying capacity of our infrastructure.

Instead of a strip mall on the “great lawn,” which is the signature parcel across from Maunalua Bay which welcomes you to Hawaii Kai and its beauty and lifestyle, Foodland would better serve the community by downsizing and relocating in the still-empty Kalama Valley Shopping Center.

Of the people I’ve spoken to, 75 percent oppose the proposal to build on Kamehameha Schools land across from Maunalua Bay.

Bottom line: Hawaii Kai doesn’t need a fourth shopping center.

Rep. Gene Ward
Hawaii Kai-Kalama Valley

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