Kaka'ako group rallies against OHA high rises

Published On: Apr 08 2014 09:31:43 PM HST   Updated On: Apr 08 2014 09:43:04 PM HST

Opponents of a bill to allow the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to build residential high rises on the makai side of Ala Moana rallied at the state capitol Tuesday.

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Members of the group Save our Kaka'ako gathered as lawmakers in the House prepared to take a floor vote on the controversial bill. The senate killed an identical bill earlier.

The group says this is the last opportunity for the public to try and influence the outcome if the bill heads to conference committee.

"The public stood up and convinced the legislators to pass the no residential law which is in place today and we are here to urge lawmakers to stand by the law," said Ron Iwami of Save Our Kaaka'ako.

OHA is asking for an exemption to the law so it can maximize the $200 million settlement agreement with the state over crown lands. It needs the income to fund programs to help Native Hawaiians.


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