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Thanks to  Pow!Wow! Hawai‘i 2020, there are more than fifty new murals in Kaka‘ako, from the Children’s Discovery Center to Ward Theatres, to Mother Waldron Park. The street murals are the most visible evidence of a small business shift in the area.  Developer Christian O'Connor discusses how the huge changes in Kaka‘ako are supposed to work for Honolulu as a whole.

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Protests are continuing against three separate projects in Hawaii. That’s led people who work with infrastructure development to rethink how they engage the public.

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Opposition to the Thirty Meter Telescope may be at the forefront of Mauna Kea protests, but some native Hawaiian practitioners are questioning the cumulative effects of development on the mountain.  Is the construction of 13 telescopes on the summit an appropriate use of conservation lands? The state Land Use Commission takes up that issue beginning today at its hearing in Hilo. 

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Hawaii's oldest grocery cooperative has launched a fundraising campaign to save itself from closing. At the end of 2018, Kokua Market was on the brink of financial insolvency. The company’s governing board elected a new chairwoman who has launched a last-ditch effort to reorganize the business for survival in the highly competitive market for health food.

Ola Ka Ilima Artspace/Urban Works
Ola Ka Ilima Artspace/Urban Works

Abandoned buildings, urban blight, it’s common knowledge now that undesirable neighborhoods with low rental rates attract artists and creatives.   What tends to follow, are eating places, galleries, bars---and gentrification, which ends up pushing the artists out.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, an 84 unit, affordable, live/work rental space for artists is coming up in Kaka‘ako.

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Scores of new high-rises are planned for Oahu’s urban core. Starting October first anyone who develops a unit that could impact schools in the area will be assessed an impact fee of $3,800.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

It’s not unusual to see parents with their babies strapped on their chests these days, and one of the most highly rated baby carriers of this type is the Ergobaby, invented on Maui.  For the past six years, inventor Karin Frost has been investing proceeds from her baby carrier’s success in Hōkū Nui, a project to create a regenerative community in Upcountry Maui.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa visited Hōkū Nui with Kumu Hula Keali‘i  Reichel, who is creating a cultural center and home for his hālau as part of the project.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

Grassroots efforts to save a Kailua bowling alley hit a snag yesterday. Advocates for preserving Pali Lanes attempted to deliver a petition to landowner Alexander and Baldwin but were turned away. HPR’s Ku‘uwehi Hiraishi reports.

Maui Development Plans Rejected

Aug 2, 2017
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Plans for further development on South Maui have been rejected at least for the moment. The latest proposal would have included housing, office and retail space on 75 acres in North Kīhei. We get more on what comes next from Colleen Uechi of the Maui News.

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Honolulu CC

The state legislature will convene for five days starting August 28th 2017 to hammer out a financial plan for Honolulu’s rail transit project.  Meanwhile, plans for transit oriented design, TOD, projects have been in the works for years.  Waipahu’s Neighborhood TOD Plan is the first to be approved by the City Council, and HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, parts of the plan are getting underway now.

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SHADE

Many Hawai‘i residents are well-travelled and can knowledgeably compare the world’s great cities.  With Honolulu in the midst of a development boom, some wonder what is guiding this city’s transformation.  A group of local designers, architects and landscape designers is working to make sure communities are involved in changes that are coming with the rail transit project.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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noe tanigawa

Honolulu is having an art moment.  The Honolulu Biennial is raising awareness, new construction is providing opportunities, and established businesses are realizing art’s marketing potential.  Without the benefit of traditional galleries, an alternative infrastructure has been preparing artists for this moment.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa traces how choice pieces, many representing Hawai‘i’s  stories and culture, are appearing around town.

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As the President-elect continues to put together his cabinet, the rest of the world continues to wonder what the policies of the Trump Administration will be. That’s certainly true in the Asia Pacific. And this week, many business people in India are trying to figure out what Donald Trump might mean for their future. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Balancing Development and Culture: Sig Zane - Full Interview

Oct 24, 2016
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  If you’ve walked through Oahu’s Kaka'ako area, you know the place looks a lot different these days. Look around and you’ll see high rise and mixed use buildings under construction for a planned neighborhood, with residential units, shops and restaurants.  The identity that’s also emerging isn’t happening by accident. The Ward Village project of the Howard Hughes Corporation is leaving the sense of place to Hilo artist Sig Zane.

Ward Villages
Ward Villages

There’s a lot of new development coming to The Ward Village in Kaka‘ako.

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 A potentially game changing new tool for business has been launched at the World Conservation Congress in Hawai‘i.  It’s called the Natural Capital Protocol and was tested with over fifty companies including Coca-Cola, Dow, Nestlé, and Shell.  For the first time, businesses and consumers can know the true costs of production.  

The Conversation: Friday, May 27th, 2016

May 27, 2016
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Preventing Food Waste at UH Manoa; Similarities Between Ancient Fabrics and Modern Athletic Wear; Business of Organic Farming; Okinawan Heritage Festival

Food Waste at UH: Heather Fucini, UH Food Recovery Network President

Roads in Limbo: Who Owns The Streets in Kakaako?

Mar 16, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

With several high-rise condominiums on the way, Kaka‘ako is a place in transition. As many as 30,000 new residents are expected to move in to the developing area over the next 15 years, with Honolulu’s rail project running right through the neighborhood. But there’s a problem with one basic piece of infrastructure: its roads. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

A Housing Question on Maui

Nov 23, 2015
Eileen Chao
Eileen Chao

As Maui's population continues to grow, so does the need for housing.  A proposed development in West Maui could go a long way in meeting some of the island's housing needs, but some say the tradeoffs aren't worth it.  Eileen Chao has more from The Maui News.

The project has been in the works for nearly a decade, but now opposition has grown.

Growth Plans for Kula Agricultural Park

Nov 9, 2015
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“Eating local” is a popular concept across Hawai‘i… as it is in a growing number of communities. But farming in Hawai‘i can be a tough business—and one of the biggest challenges is access to land.  Now in upcountry Maui, farmers may be getting a little help with that.  Eileen Chao has more from the Maui News.  

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Talk of development in West Oahu often centers on housing. This week, Pacific Business News surveys the state of business development in the region to find out where the action is. PBN’s editor in chief, A. Kam Napier, has more.

And the action is…nearly everywhere you look. West Oahu, including Kapolei, already boasts nearly 670,000 square feet of office space and the demand is growing. Looking at retail, we see a low 2% vacancy rate. That means developers should have no problem filling the three major shopping centers now in the works.

South Maui Development Plans

Jun 1, 2015
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belindah / Flickr

South Maui is home to some of the island’s nicest beaches and resorts, but it may also become a busy downtown hub.  Eileen Chao has more from The Maui News.

Ho'opili Unanimously Approved by Honolulu City Council

May 6, 2015
Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council cast its final vote today on a planned 12-thousand unit housing project in West O’ahu.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Maui’s New Development Plan

May 4, 2015
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nottagolfer / Flickr

The owner of the Maui Tropical Plantation hopes to bring business back to the small town of Waikapu by building a new community. Eileen Chao has more from The Maui News.

Ho'opili Development Clears First Hurdle

Mar 5, 2015
Wayne Yoshioka

Ho’opili, a major residential and commercial project on O’ahu cleared its first major hurdle today following the completion of public testimony before a Honolulu City Council Committee.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Public Weighs In on Kakaako Makai

Feb 23, 2015
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is looking to the community for input on how it should use the 30 acres of O‘ahu land in Kaka‘ako Makai. The state agency has been holding a series of public meetings across the state. HPR’s Molly Solomon attended the first one in Kaka‘ako and has this report.

You can submit testimony online here until March 31st. The schedule of remaining public meetings is below.

Hawai‘i Island

Tuesday, Feb. 24 – Hilo – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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  Earlier this week, we visited the young entrepreneurs of Art and Flea who have moved their flock of fledgling creatives to a new shop called MORI in Ward Warehouse.  Today, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on how plans for the Ward Village neighborhood are shaping up.

Click to find out more about the Ward Village development on their website.

Check here to find out more about community events sponsored by Ward Village.

Residents Protest Athletic Complex at Maui Lani

Sep 4, 2014
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  Construction has just begun on a large sports development in central Maui. But while young athletes and their coaches may be excited about the project, a group of local homeowners in Kahului is not. And they’re suing the county and the state to stop it. Eileen Chao has more from the Maui News.

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Shops at the Ward Warehouse may make way for the next round of development in Kaka’ako.

HCDA Board Denies Resident Appeals

Jul 3, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Community Development Authority ruled today on two petitions from local residents who are opposed to the construction of neighboring high-rises in Kaka’ako.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

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