The five acre land across from Maunalua Bay, often called the great lawn, was considered for a new Foodland store and other outlets. But a series of community and neighborhood board meetings changed that.
“As a result of those intensive meetings, the landowner has announced that it is suspending its plans for the indefinite future to move forward with this site,” City councilmember, Stanley Chang said.
The parcel in question is adjacent to Kuapa isle, the marina, the dog park and Kalanianaole Highway.
“We received a number of concerns from members of the community who wanted to insure the preservation of open space at this parcel. We received a number of concerns about the traffic,” Stanley said.
This is not the first time the Hawaii Kai Community has generated opposition to planned developments.
“The ‘Save Sandy beach’ initiative was one of the first where that was one of the first stands against unchecked development,” Hawaii Kai Neighborhood board chair, Greg Knudsen said.
Neighborhood Board chair Knudsen said he is pleased with the decision by Kamehameha Schools to let the open space remain as it is.
“And it was zoned preservation for a reason. So the fight, in this case, was not against development but more so just to keep preservation land protected,” Knudsen said.
The landowner said -”While we do not have any immediate plans for the Kuapa parcel, we will evaluate other opportunities that present themselves in the future as to how well they align with our Endowment’s support of our educational mission.”
There are two major shopping centers within a half mile of Kuapa - the Hawaii Kai Towne Center and the Koko Marina shopping center where Walgreens has taken over the former Foodland site.
There had been some mention of Foodland locating a store in the Kalama Valley shopping center – so far, that suggestion has not got much traction.