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For the first time in recorded history, all elected officials in East Honolulu are calling upon the Hawai‘i Kai community to obtain their input on a very important land use issue. At stake is a five acre parcel across from Maunalua Bay becoming a strip mall to accommodate a Foodland grocery store. Heretofore, Rep. Ward’s polls have indicated that a majority of the community is against the proposed strip mall. However, Kamehameha Schools (Bishop Estate) had collected polar opposite numbers suggesting that the majority of people want the strip mall and the return of Foodland.
“It’s time to stop referring to opinion polls and go directly to the people of Hawai‘i Kai,” said Rep. Gene Ward (R, Hawai‘i Kai-Kalama Valley).
Particularly in light of recent controversial development proposals such as the PLDC, public officials are encouraging open community input to properly assess the issue.
What: Town hall meeting to gauge public opinion of the proposed strip mall
Who: Organized by Rep. Ward, and sponsored by Rep. Mark Hashem, Senators Sam Slom and Laura Thielen, Councilman Stanley Chang and the Hawai‘i Kai Neighborhood Board. Confirmed speakers include representatives of Kamehameha Schools and Foodland.
When: 7:00-8:30 p.m., Thursday, March 21, 2013
Where: Kamiloiki Elementary School Cafeteria, 7788 Hawaii Kai Drive, Honolulu