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Kaka'ako Makai: House Will Not Hear OHA Upzone Bill
By News Release @ 4:30 AM :: 1771 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, OHA

Statement by House Speaker Scott K. Saiki on Kaka'ako Makai

News Release from Office of Rep Scott Saiki, March 16, 2021

House of Representatives Speaker Scott K. Saiki presented the following remarks at the Save Our Kakaʻako Makai Rally" held at the State Capitol on Tuesday, March 16, 2021:

Thank you for inviting me today.

I want to inform you that I spoke with the Chair of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to inform her that the House will not advance S.B. 1334.

As you know, the prohibition on residential development in Kakaʻako Makai has been in place since 2006.

There is not a compelling reason for the Legislature to reverse this prohibition.

Some will say that I oppose S.B. 1334 because Kakaʻako Makai is a part of my House district.

This is not accurate.

The issue here is larger than one person's House district.

Kakaʻako Makai is a statewide issue for all of us.

Kakaʻako Makai is the last remaining parcel of viable open space between Waikīkī and the airport.

Preventing residential development will prevent uncontrolled development and preserve this open space for the next generation and the next-next generation.

But I want to ask that you not consider the deferral of S.B. 1334 as a "win" for your organization.

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has a significant responsibility to assist its beneficiaries.

OHA needs financial resources to do this.

Senator Moriwaki and I will attempt to work with OHA to explore alternatives to developing Kakaʻako Makai.

I ask that everyone – including all of you here today – be constructive so that we can move together on this critical issue.

Thank you.  

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OHA Board Chair Carmen “Hulu” Lindsey Media Statement on Kaka’ako Makai

News Release from OHA, March 16, 2021

HONOLULU (March 16, 2021) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) is deeply disappointed that a bill that would allow Native Hawaiians to develop housing in Kakaʻako Makai appears to be dead. We are saddened that Native Hawaiians were robbed of an opportunity to have their voices heard in a single hearing in the House of Representatives.

Nevertheless, we remain steadfast. We understand that the pursuit of justice and self-determination for Native Hawaiians continues to be a challenge. We will now turn our attention to finishing our planning efforts.

We hope that our progress over the next year will demonstrate that a Native Hawaiian vision for Kakaʻako Makai is something that the entire state will support. We look forward to coming back to the Legislature again next year to continue the discussion of allowing Native Hawaiians to build housing on our lands.

OHA thanks our friends in the Senate for providing Native Hawaiians with a fair chance to make our case. In addition, we thank our growing number of supporters within the Native Hawaiian community and the broader public.

For more information on OHA’s future development of its commercial properties in Kakaʻako Makai please visit www.oha.org/kakaakomakai2021.

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