Mall Granted Ex­ten­sion On Op­tion To Lease

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Up­date on Ka Makana Alii Mall

Hawai­ian Homes Com­mis­sion (HHC) held a spe­cial meet­ing Nov. 14 to con­sider ex­tend­ing the op­tion to lease for Hawaii DeBar­tolo LLC’s Ka Makana Alii shop­ping mall.

This project will be lo­cated at the cor­ner of Kapolei Park­way and Kualakai Park­way on 67 acres of DHHL land and will be the third largest mall on the is­land.

I sub­mit­ted tes­ti­mony that said in part: “… dur­ing the last few months, I have re­ceived in­put from both busi­nesses and com­mu­nity mem­bers who have con­cerns about De­Bar-tolo’s ac­tions.

“While I do sup­port this one-year ex­ten­sion, I will with­hold my sup­port of the fi­nal ap­proval of the lease agree­ment un­til I’m as­sured that DeBar­tolo has made good on its prom­ises to DHHL ben­e­fi­cia­ries and the com­mu­nity.

“DeBar­tolo should make a re­newed com­mit­ment to en­gage the com­mu­nity and en­sure that pend­ing is­sues — such as ‘com­mu­nity ben­e­fits,’ Hawai­ian Rail­way So­ci­ety and Kua- lakai Park­way Ex­ten­sion — all are re­solved in a fair and ap­pro­pri­ate man­ner.”

HHC ap­proved the ex­ten­sion by a 7-0 vote. DeBar­tolo is plan­ning to be­gin con­struc­tion on the mall in Au­gust 2014.

Fund­ing Re­leased and New Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­grams at UH West Oahu

I was happy to re­ceive a let­ter from Gov. Aber­crom­bie Nov. 19 let­ting me know that he had re­leased fund­ing for the UH West Oahu cam­pus. Those projects are:

• Road B – UH West Oahu to Kualakai Park­way, $3.5 mil­lion

• Mi­nor Re­pairs and Im­prove­ments, $41,000

Also, be­gin­ning spring 2014, UH West Oahu will be of­fer­ing two new pro­grams in ed­u­ca­tion — one will fo­cus on grades 6-8, and the other will fo­cus on grades 612 in the ar­eas of English and so­cial stud­ies.

Waipahu Res­i­dent Wins Toy­ota To­geth­erGreen Fel­low­ship

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Waipahu res­i­dent Miwa Ta­manaha for win­ning the Toy­ota To­geth­erGreen Fel­low­ship from Toy­ota and the Na­tional Audubon So­ci­ety!

Her year­long fel­low­ship will in­clude a $10,000 grant that will help sup­port her work in stew­ard­ing na­tive limu. Each year 40 peo­ple across the coun­try are awarded this fel­low­ship.

“Lis­ten- Story” Kapolei cafe

My next “Lis­ten Story” meet­ing will be held at 9 a.m. Jan. 11 at Pray Eat Love Café (533 Manawai St. #304, Wa­ianae side, di­rectly across from Kapolei High School).

If you can’t make the meet­ing, send me an email and I’ll for­ward you the notes.

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