Ala Wai Har­bor can thrive with­out tower

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - VIEWS & VOICES -

As a Waikiki prop­erty owner, I am in­ter­ested in the re­de­vel­op­ment plans for sev­eral parcels at the Ala Wai Har­bor.

If a high-rise build­ing is built on any of these parcels, many lo­cal peo­ple will suf­fer a fi­nan­cial dis­as­ter. Al­ter­na­tively, an op­por­tu­nity ex­ists: Re­de­velop the area to in­clude a vil­lage of busi­nesses that would sup­port the pub­lic and ma­rina with restau­rants, en­ter­tain­ment and har­bor sup­port us­ing build­ings no taller than 15 feet.

In past vis­its to Cabo San Lu­cas, my wife and I fre­quented the ma­rina there, where small busi­nesses at­tract many peo­ple who dine and en­joy the ma­rina.

Mul­ti­ple-story build­ing are not needed to ac­com­plish a mar­riage be­tween the vis­i­tors and the peo­ple of the ma­rina. I hope the peo­ple who de­cide what hap­pens at the Ala Wai Boat Har­bor will seize this op­por­tu­nity.

Ron Derr Waikiki

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