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2 HCDA board members to serve extended terms

Photo:  Honolulu Star-Advertiser   Gov. David Ige has not chosen new members to fill the seats of Steve Scott, left, and Jason Okuhama, two of the nine board members of the Hawaii Community Development Authority.

Photo: Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Gov. David Ige has not chosen new members to fill the seats of Steve Scott, left, and Jason Okuhama, two of the nine board members of the Hawaii Community Development Authority.

Read more from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, below:

Two board members of the state agency regulating development in Kakaako will serve beyond their two-year terms, which ended Friday.

Gov. David Ige has not chosen new members to fill the seats of Steve Scott and Jason Okuhama, two of the nine board members of the Hawaii Community Development Authority. The agency is responsible for approving developers’ master plans in the 450-acre area within the boundaries of Ala Moana Boulevard and King, Piikoi and Punchbowl streets, from how much parking is available to what space could be designated for commercial use.

Ige’s office said he is still reviewing a list of nominees for the two seats.

“The governor has started to interview individuals recommended by the City Council,” said Jodi Leong, deputy communications director for the governor’s office. “His office is in the process of scheduling interviews with the remaining candidates.”

Without Ige’s appointment of new board members, Scott and Okuhama will be carried over. Scott is the owner of slipper maker Scott Hawaii in Kakaako, and Okuhama is a self-employed mortgage broker.

Garett Kamemoto, spokesman for HCDA, said the two are expected to fill their same spots for a board meeting on Wednesday.

Ige failing to appoint successors comes after controversy over the list of nominations sent over by the City Council to fill the two members’ seats, especially Scott’s.

The City Council is responsible for providing the governor with choices for three of HCDA’s nine board seats. A 2014 amendment to state law authorized this as a way to reduce the governor’s control over shaping the board. By law, one of the open seats must be filled by the owner of a small business in Kakaako, and one filled by a Kakaako resident.

Those selected for the small-business-owner seat were Phillip Hasha, Jay Kado­waki and Nani Medeiros.

Hasha lives in Kakaako and owns the Kakaako-based real estate development firm The Redmont Group.

Kadowaki is a general contractor.

Medeiros is executive director of HomeAid Hawaii, a nonprofit that helps with building or renovating facilities to help the homeless. HomeAid Hawaii is overseen by a board of directors that includes representatives from Kakaako developers Howard Hughes Corp., Stanford Carr, Castle &Cooke and Alexander &Baldwin.

The nominations for the resident seat were Diane Georgene Fujio, Jonathan L.W. Ching and Okuhama.

Fujio is founder of the Master Sha Tao Healing Center based in Kakaako. Ching is a government relations specialist with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan.

Councilwoman Kymberly Pine, chairwoman of the Zoning and Housing Committee, was in charge of taking nominations for the two empty seats.

Her suggestions were met with criticism, as some citizens said the list of nominees unfairly excluded Scott. The slipper company owner had challenged developers on issues presented to the board, and all three choices submitted by the Council to fill his spot have ties to developers.

In March, Ige received a letter from more than 100 citizens and several community organizations asking him to reject the list because they felt Scott was unfairly excluded despite being nominated by Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi, who represents Kakaako.



Competing plans for Honolulu's Kewalo Basin small boat harbor include retail, catering venues

Photo courtesy of Howard Hughes Corporation, via Pacific Business News.

Photo courtesy of Howard Hughes Corporation, via Pacific Business News.

Neighborhood news via Pacific Business News. With already so much going on, there is even more to look forward to. Contact me for units in the area, and make this happening area your new home!

by Duane Shinmogawa

July 9, 2015

The Howard Hughes Corp. and Kewalo Waterfront Partners Inc., a partnership between two Japanese firms, unveiled two separate plans Thursday for the land surrounding Honolulu’s Kewalo Basin Harbor, which included waterfront retail, restaurants and a live entertainment venue.

The proposals, which were presented at a special Hawaii Community Development Authority meeting that garnered a lot of interest from community members, included the Texas-based developer’s plans for all three parcels surrounding the harbor — the former McWayne Marine Supply site, the charter boat building site and the former National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration lot.

Kewalo Waterfront Partners, which includes Good Luck International Corp. and Hinamari Hawaii Inc., presented plans to renovate four buildings totaling 45,000 square feet at the former McWayne Marine Supply site.

Shaun Mukai, a partner with Honolulu-based McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP and part of the Kewalo Waterfront Partners team, said that its plan includes a permanent indoor farmer’s market, food halls, a chef’s club, a signature cafe, a beachside cafe, a multi-use venue that could host weddings, a live music venue, a sunset lounge, a public viewing dock, a lei stand, a community garden, a water feature and a parking structure.

Other team members of the project include Honolulu-based Design Partners, Aloha Consortium LLC, as the food and beverage consultant, Albert C. KobayashiInc. as the general contractor and Brett Hill Construction Inc. as the construction manager.

The Howard Hughes Corp. (NYSE: HHC) plan for the same lot includes an urban fishing village with fronting commercial retail space and village-like meandering pathways to connect to the makai waterfront promenade at the harbors edge while linking Kakaako Waterfront Park and Ala Moana Beach Park.

The developer’s plan for the parcel near Ala Moana Boulevard includes a mauka to makai connection called, “Lei of Green,” vehicular and pedestrian access with increased visual connectivity from Ala Moana Boulevard into the harbor to improve public vistas and connecting urban Honolulu’s shoreline open spaces, a new makai waterfront promenade that connects to its urban fishing village.

Near the ocean side of Kewalo Basin Harbor, the developer plans to build oceanfront commercial retail shops and new facilities for both the harbormaster and city ilfeguards.

The Howard Hughes team includes Honolulu-based WCIT Architecture, Bohlin Cywinkski Jackson, 505 Design, dtl, Land Design, The Hallstrom Group Inc. and Group 70 International.

The developer, which owns the 60-acre Ward Village across the street from Kewalo Basin Harbor, also secured the management contract for the harbor.