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What does the apex of culture and commerce look like? How would you describe an urban Hawaiian space? How could income generated from Kaka‘ako Makai be used to support programs and services for Hawaiians? These were some of the key visioning questions that the community were asked at last night's meeting at the John A. Burns School of Medicine. Over 100 people came to share their mana'o regarding Kaka‘ako Makai and the unique opportunity that is now upon us. Join the conversation, attend one of the eleven remaining community meetings or share your mana'o online at oha.org/kakaako.

Kaka‘ako Makai: Share your vision with us

HONOLULU (Feb. 18, 2015) – Hawaiians have always been innovative. When we lived in the valleys near streams, we built ‘auwai and lo‘i to feed our ‘ohana abundantly. When we decided to build a palace, we built the first royal residence in the world with electricity and when we sought greater understanding of our kūpuna, we built a canoe that connected us to the past while sailing us to the future.

Today we find ourselves drawing from the same innovative spirit that fed our ancestors. It’s guiding the discussion at the in-person Kaka‘ako Makai community meetings, where everyday people are sharing their vision on what an urban Hawaiian space could look like; how commerce and culture could complement one another; and how Kaka‘ako Makai could become a modern day ‘āina momona that feeds our people for generations to come.

Innovation is also alive and well here on line. Right here on oha.org, community members who can’t attend the meetings can still be part of this important visioning process. OHA is hosting a virtual community meeting space where everyone can contribute and cultivate ideas.

Watch a short film, “listen” to the comments of others, and join in the conversation.

Everyone interested can stay in touch with the developments in this conversation—new questions posted and fresh ideas shared. OHA is also using its social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Vimeo) to keep everyone connected and informed throughout the visioning process. We’re utilizing tools like Storify to capture public comments and summarize outreach events.

OHA realizes how valuable your time is and how busy things can get. So we’ve made things as convenient as possible and we hope you’ll find the time to share your mana’o on Kaka‘ako Makai.

We look forward to you sharing your vision with us.


Kaka‘ako Makai is a unique opportunity to build something that’s truly Hawaiian in the heart of Honolulu. What does the apex of culture and commerce look like? We’d like to hear from you.

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