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February, 1981

President's Message (Barbara Farwell)
Lunch with Archibald Cox
General Meeting
Fair Housing Bill Dead
Program Committee to Meet
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You...
What Makes the City Run? DHCD (Astrid Monson)
Housing Coalition
Consumer and Housing (Vi Gren)
Potpourri of Women's Issues
From National
January Units
League Looks at Kakaako
Membership
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League Looks at Kakaako

Twenty five Leaguers put on their walking shoes and meandered through the narrow lanes of Kakaako avoiding pot holes and peering into shops, warehouses, construction yards, out-of-way restaurants, many "cocktail lounges" and even a day care center.

The mixture of modern and ancient, charming and ramshackle... the sudden shifts from street with sidewalk to rutted lane... the smell of paint and the noise of machinery from the numerous auto repair shops... the helter-skelter of cars, vans, trucks parked or weaving through one-lane wide roads... the incongruity of a tree-shaded nursery school in the midst of all...

Kakaako is quite fascinating and the tour conducted by the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) was informative and fun.

Two vans, provided by JEAN KO and HARRIET STUDER, carried us through most of the area with running commentary by HCDA staffers, and we walked through two typical sections. Then we returned to the HCDA conference room for a brown bag lunch with Ex. Dir. Raymond Suefuji who spent almost two hours telling us about the State's redevelopment plans and answering questions.

It was a full morning that inched into the afternoon. We came away with a better understanding of the hodgepodge that exists just 15 a block from tree-lined Kapiolani Blvd. We were also impressed with the magnitude of the HCDA's project and the tremendous cost that redevelopment will entail.

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