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“OHA’s overarching focus for Kaka‘ako Makai is two-fold – income generation and cultural vitality,” said OHA Chairman Robert Lindsey Jr. “These are complementary goals, allowing OHA to generate income that will help fuel our mission to improve the well-being of Native Hawaiians, as well as enhance and strengthen our culture in the heart of Honolulu.”

Building community: Kaka‘ako Makai coming to your neighborhood

HONOLULU (Jan. 29, 2015) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs will host community meetings throughout Hawai‘i, February 17 – March 3, seeking input from community stakeholders as it charts a conceptual master plan for its properties in Kaka‘ako Makai.

OHA owns nine parcels totaling approximately 30 acres in Kaka‘ako Makai.  The agency recently hired Kuhikuhi Pu‘uone Collaborative, a consulting group comprised of four Hawaiian firms, to help lead the planning effort which is expected to be completed by the close of 2016.

“OHA’s overarching focus for Kaka‘ako Makai is two-fold – income generation and cultural vitality,” said OHA Chairman Robert Lindsey Jr. “These are complementary goals, allowing OHA to generate income that will help fuel our mission to improve the well-being of Native Hawaiians, as well as enhance and strengthen our culture in the heart of Honolulu.”

Kuhikuhi Pu‘uone is made up of firms that have deep and wide experience in and around Kaka‘ako: Edith Kanaka‘ole Foundation (EKF); DTL; PBR Hawai‘i; and WCIT Architecture.

Robert Iopa, president of WCIT Architecture, said, “There is a lot development activity in Kaka‘ako, but we see this opportunity in the Makai area as distinctly unique.  We’re excited to begin engaging the community and encourage their input to help OHA create a place that will benefit all.”

Dr. Pualani Kanahele, head of Edith Kanaka‘ole Foundation, said, “We love that OHA’s development framework for Kaka‘ako Makai stresses “kīpuka,” the idea of a cultural oasis.  This will be a key driving force for our work and can be a model for enriching culture as development is contemplated throughout Hawai‘i.”

Public Meetings Schedule: February 17 – March 3, 2015

O‘ahu
Tuesday, Feb. 17 – Kaka‘ako – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
John A. Burns School of Medicine

Wednesday, Feb. 18 – Kapolei – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
UH West O‘ahu Campus Campus Center, Multi-Purpose room C208-2nd floor

Thursday, Feb. 19 – Waialua – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Waialua Court House

Friday, Feb. 20 – Kane‘ohe – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Windward Community College, Hale ʻĀkoakoa Room 105

Monday, Feb. 23 – Wai‘anae Coast – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Ka Waihona Public Charter School Cafeteria

Moloka‘i
Saturday, Feb. 21 – Kaunakakai – 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Kūlana ʻŌiwi Hālau

Hawai‘i Island
Tuesday, Feb. 24 – Hilo – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
UH Hilo Ho‛oulu Terrace Room 127

Wednesday, Feb. 25 – Kona – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
West Hawaiʻi Civic Center

Maui
Thursday, Feb. 26 – Kahului – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
J. Walter Cameron Center

Friday, Feb. 27 – Hāna – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Hāna High School Cafeteria

Lāna‘i
Saturday, Feb. 28 – Lāna‘i City – 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Lāna‘i High & Elementary School Cafeteria

Kaua‘i
Tuesday, March 3 – Līhu‘e – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Kaua‘i Community College OCET Rooms 106C/D

For more information, visit https://oha.org/kakaako.

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