Makakilo Neighborhood Board #34 Passes Resolution Regarding the Extension of Kualakai Parkway

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Makakilo Neighborhood Board, kapolei newspaper

RESOLUTION IN OPPOSITION TO THE CURRENT PROPOSED ALIGNMENT OF THE KUALAKAI PARKWAY (NORTH/SOUTH ROAD) EXTENSION THROUGH THE DEBARTOLO DEVELOPMENT KA MAKANA ALII PROJECT, DUE TO ENCROACHMENT AND INTERFERENCE WITH HAWAIIAN RAILWAY SOCIETY (HRS) OPERATIONS, A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION, THAT HAS BOUNDARIES THAT ARE REQUIRED TO BE PROTECTED UNDER THE FEDERAL (OR&L TRACKS) AND STATE (HRS) HISTORIC REGISTERS.

 WHEREAS, this neighborhood board, is of the opinion, that Debartolo Development, Oahu Metropolitan Policy Organization (OMPO), and the Hawaii State Department of Transportation (HiDOT) have failed to directly present a plan acceptable by the Hawaiian Railway Society and community for the extension of the Kualakai Parkway (North South road), and

WHEREAS, these organizations failed to keep the Hawaii Community Development Authority’s (HCDA) Kalaeloa member(s) informed on intended routes or work, while HCDA is the primarily entity responsible for redevelopment for the Kalaeloa Community Development District, and

WHEREAS. it is important that proposed projects within the district be properly vetted to ensure the goal of government transparency, adequate public discussion, and the consideration of meaningful compromise, and

WHEREAS, the current proposed route could have a significant impact on Hawaiian cultural sites and historically significant sites located along the path, and native Hawaiians be included in the planning, deliberation, physical oversight and implementation of projects impacting Kalaeloa lands, and

WHEREAS, this neighborhood board, has clear advisory authority, within the confines of this project in question, and by virtue of being elected by the community, speaks on behalf of the best interests of the community at large, to represent the common good of the community, and

WHEREAS,  the two more western  proposals for  routes were  presented to the board in April of 2015,   have thereafter without prior public notice or disclosure been revised – and changed on DeBartolo brochures  and  fact sheets, showing a clear intent to violate, cross and encroach on historically protected areas and Hawaiian  Railway Society  (HRS)  property  lines, and

WHEREAS, concerns filed with OMPO, came back to the Hawaiian Railway Society (HRS) with an email response, that “HIDOT would be moving ahead with the  project” showing  a failure  to work with  local stakeholders  or community  on this  issue, and

WHEREAS, DeBartolo, OMPO, and the State Department of Transportation have failed to provide the Hawaiian Railway Society with an acceptable plan that does not severely impact the operations of the Hawaiian Railway Society, and the true financial impact or cost to the community, and

WHEREAS, there is a clear breakdown in communication between the private sector, the State of Hawaii, and the local community which does not satisfy the ideal environment for sound private – public partnerships, but rather points out to a lack of transparency in government, and a perception of back office politics and deals, and

WHEREAS, all design, work, and planning should cease, on the North South road extension until all stakeholders are properly advised – and are in agreement with the long term plan for the extension, and

WHEREAS,  the  Federal Section  106 I 4F (36 Code of  Federal Regulations,  Part 800, Subpart  B (Section

106) process has NOT been initiated given the historical protected nature of the area, and that the entities for whom this complaint is being made, could potentially be in violation of Federal mandates for protection of this historically sensitive area, and that this neighborhood board will fully support a Federal injunction or Federally filed lawsuit, by injured parties, and

WHEREAS, this historical railway is the LAST of its kind in Hawaii, operating since 1888 when King David Kalakaua signed a charter granting Benjamin Dillingham permission to build a railroad on Oahu. The Hawaiian Railway Society (HRS) functions to provide an important link and priceless history to generations of Hawaii’s people to come, and

THEREFORE,

 BE IT RESOLVED that the Makakilo/Kapolei/Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board No. 34 is in strong opposition to the proposed route for the Kualakai Parkway (North South road) extension, or ANY route that negatively  impacts the  Hawaiian Railway  Society  (HRS) ability to operate,  and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the board will do “everything within its power” to support the community opposition to the proposed alignment, and support the Hawaiian Railway Society (HRS) efforts to oppose the proposed route, including supporting any State or Federal legal remedy, and

BE IT FURTHER  RESOLVED  that  certified copies of this  Resolution  be transmitted  to

DeBartolo Development, President and Chief Operation Officer, Mr. Edward Kobel DeBartolo Development, Vice President of Development, Mr. Rich Hartline Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Chair, Ms. Jobie Masagatani

Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Deputy to the Chair, Mr. William Aila, Jr Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization, Executive Director, Mr. Brian Gibson, Oahu  Metropolitan  Planning  Organization,  Policy Board

Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization, Citizen Advisory Committee Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization, Technical Advisory Committee Hawaii Department of Transportation, Director, Mr. Ford Fuchigami

Hawaii Department of Transportation, Highways Division Deputy Director, Mr. Ed Sniffen

Federal Highway Administration (FWHA), Administrator, Mr. Gregory Nadeau  Federal  Highway Administration  (FWHA),  Executive  Director,  Walter  Waidelich, Jr

Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) Chairman, Mr. John Whalen,

Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) Acting Director, Mr. Aedward Los Banos Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) Kalaeloa Director, Ms. Tesha Malama

Mayor, City and County  of  Honolulu,  Mr. Kirk Caldwell

Managing  Director, City and County  of  Honolulu,  Mr. Roy  K. Amemiya

City and County of Honolulu, Director, Department of Planning and Permitting, Mr. George Atta City and County of Honolulu, Department of Transportation Services, Mr. Mike Formby Honolulu City Council, Chair, Mr. Ernie Martin

All Honolulu City Council members

Governor, State of Hawaii, Mr. David lge

Hawaii State Preservation Department (SHPD), Administrator, Mr. Alan Downer

Senator of the 20th Senatorial District, Mr. Mike Gabbard Representative of the 391h House District, Mr. Ty Cullen Representative of the 42nd House District, Ms. Sharon Har Representative of the 43rd  House District, Ms. Andria  Tupola,  and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this Resolution be transmitted to All Oahu Neighborhood Board chairs

All Oahu neighborhood Board members

Star Advertiser, Managing Editor, Mr. Ed Lynch

Voice of Kapolei, Publisher/Owner, Mr. Damon J. Duhaylonsod

KHON  News Desk

Passed by NB # 34  Transportation  Committee on April  20, 2016.

Passed by NB # 34 on April  27, 2016 by a vote of   6-0-0.

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