Meet­ing Set on Ka­hala ‘Mu­seum’

MidWeek Islander (East Oahu) - - EAST OAHU ISLANDER / DECEMBER 15, 2010 / -

The Ka­hala Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion and state Rep. Bar­bara Maru­moto are call­ing a meet­ing for 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at Ka­hala Park Pavil­ion to ad­dress plans for an art mu­seum and gar­den pro­posed by ab­sen­tee land­lord Gen­siro Kawamoto.

The Ja­panese bil­lion­aire has put a few of his two dozen Ka­hala prop­er­ties up for sale, but re­cently an­nounced plans to con­sol­i­date two of the lots and open a pri­vate mu­seum to show­case his art col­lec­tion.

“If the fa­cil­ity is a pri­vate, in­vi­ta­tion-only mu­seum,” Maru­moto ex­plained,“then there may not be a need for govern­ment ac­tion.

“How­ever, Mr. Kawamoto has had a his­tory of ob­tain­ing per­mits af­ter-the-fact.”

She also charged that Kawamoto has al­lowed most of his homes to“be­come run­down and over­grown,” amass­ing more that 50 ci­ta­tions, and has de­mol­ished oth­ers. Com­plaints have ranged from rat in­fes­ta­tions to over­grown yards and stag­nant pools.

“It’s im­por­tant to get in­put from the com­mu­nity on this so that district lead­ers and or­ga­ni­za­tions can gather tes­ti­mony for pub­lic hear­ings, should there be a request for a vari­ance or other per­mits,” she noted.

Also par­tic­i­pat­ing in the meet­ing are City Coun­cil­man Stan­ley Chang, Wa­ialaeKa­hala Neigh­bor­hood Board chair­man Scotty An­der­son, state Rep. Mark Hashem and state Sen. Sam Slom.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 586-6310.

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