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Implications of Legalizing Gambling in Hawaii (Jean Aoki)
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Pieces to the Puzzle: The Ka Iwi Coast

Defending the Ka Iwi Coast is much like working on a puzzle with thousands of pieces. The good people of Hawai'i are the masterminds, working nonstop to fit the pieces together; our state and city systems collectively make up the many odd shaped pieces that fit together only one way.

For over 30 years, the people of O'ahu led the fight to make it clear to our leaders that we want the Ka Iwi coastal area from Hanauma Bay to Makapu'u protected forever as a scenic natural resource. And it was because of the intense grassroots campaign of the late 70's through the late 90's known as "Save Sandy Beach" and "Save Queen's Beach" movements that successfully fended off massive coastal development, that people today can enjoy the Ka Iwi coast as a wild landscape of land and sea.

But to ensure that future generations can equally enjoy Ka Iwi's awe-inspiring rugged beauty, Governor Linda Lingle announced, via a press release, the state's action to reclassify about 240 acres of Ka Iwi makai land (O'ahu's southern coast, from Queen's Beach to the Makapu'u Lighthouse) from urban to conservation. The lengthy petition process (over 365 days) will be shepherded through the state Land Use Commission by Abby Mayer, director of the state Office of Planning. Public hearings will be held and testimony will be needed.

To lend support to the state's effort to reclassify the makai lands, Councilmember Charles Djou introduced Resolution 09-29 which also needs community support via testimony. But these crucial pieces still don't complete the aging puzzle, as imminent danger of development (most recently known as 'vacation cabins') still lurks on the mauka side of the Ka Iwi coast.

To that end the community has pledged to do its part to stay vigilant and hope that the City will not waiver from their past three “no” rulings to the proposed vacation cabins, which would set a precedent for allowing such cabins on all preservation type 2 land throughout O'ahu. The League of Women Voters of Honolulu supports keeping the Ka Iwi coast free from development and in its natural state.

Elizabeth Reilly

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