Kakaako Advisory Group Weighs In On Obama Presidential Library

By Catherine Cruz
Published On: May 10 2011 10:19:13 PM HST
Updated On: May 11 2011 05:44:19 AM HST
HONOLULU -

Community stakeholders hope if Hawaii beats out Chigago for a bid to build a presidential library once Obama leaves office, the structure will maintain a Hawaiian sense of place.

The Kakaako Community Planning Advisory Council has worked to provide input on a blueprint for growth in the area. Members said the news about including a possible site for a presidential library came at the 11th hour.

?It was really not on our radar screen when we were doing the master planning process,? said Wayne Takamine, chair of the council.

Takamine said apparently the library has now been included as an appendage to the Kakako Makai masterplan.

?We are wondering what elements could be displaced if they put in this library,? said Takamine.

?I think it is 70 thousand square feet on the roof. So it is a quite a huge complex,?

Takamine, who like the president, is a body surfer wonders about ocean access.

?That area is slated for park expansion, and a lot of the ocean users want to make sure it's open space,? Takamine said

Interestingly the news comes as CPAC members worry their voice is being marginalized. Lawmakers just passed a bill to weaken the council?s input in future development.

The Hawaii Community Development Authority votes on the Kaakako Makai masterplan May 18.

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