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Historic Ala Moana Pumping Station
After the August KIA Board meeting, KIA Invitational Golf Tournament Chairman, Paul Kimura, made a check presentation to the Children's Discovery Center. The total proceeds from the tournament was $20,000. Loretta Yajima, Chairman of the Board, and Lianne Usher, President, said "It was a privilege for us to work with a group of individuals who are so dedicated to making Kakaako the best it can be and for helping us work toward getting some identity signage for our building after all these years!"
The Shidler Group promoted Steven Sullivan to vice president-operations. Sullivan, until his promotion, was general manager of Waterfront Plaza. In addition to continuing management of that Shidler Group property, he assumes oversight responsibilities for the Davies Pacific Center, Tissue Genesis Tower, and the Pan Am Building.
The Honolulu Design Center's Stage Restaurant will be having a "Blues and Jazz Wine Dinner" on Thursday, October 9th, with seatings at 5:30pm, 6:30pm and 7:30pm. As a bonus, there will be a performance of Blues and Jazz by Steve Lucas and Company. Email Joett Colgan for a menu - email@example.com. NOTE: 15% discount on food for those 60 and older!!!
KIA Member Changes
Media5 Architecture has moved to 700 Bishop Street, Suite 2001.
The second and last KIA Networking Event will be held on Wednesday, October 15th from 11:30am at the Ward Warehouse - Kewalo Conference Room. KIA members are invited and encouraged to bring a potential member. There is no fee, as attendees bring their own lunch and drink. It is a well-run networking event where everyone gets to introduce themselves, talk about their company, ask for referrals and pass out business cards, flyers, brochures, etc. A second go-around, is for everyone to give a referral or potential contact to each other. Since the room will be set up for the number of attendees, RSVPs are requested by October 8th, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 722-8487. Company and attendee names are needed.
The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation will be holding informational community meetings regarding a noise variance to allow construction work to occur at night and on weekends in the City Center section of the Honolulu Rail Transit Project.
For the Ala Moana/Kaka`ako area, the meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at the Neal Blaisdell Center-Maui Suite; 777 Ward Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96814. Registration and Open House is at 6:00pm; and the meeting begins at 6:30pm.
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On August 28 and September 6, community members weighed in on the current condition of the Kakaako parks and brainstormed ideas on how to overcome the various challenges of transforming these areas into better gathering places. The slideshow presentation that was shown at the open houses can be viewed on our website here: http://dbedt.hawaii.gov/hcda/files/2014/08/Pres_OpenHouse1_201408 12sm.pdf. HCDA is still soliciting additional public comments online at: http://kakaakomakaiparks.mindmixer.com/. KIA members will be informed of any future meetings.
The HCDA and Pacific Gateway Center held a groundbreaking and Hawaiian Blessing ceremony on September 10th to give new life to the historic Ala Moana Pump Station in Kakaako. The 114-year-old building station will be renamed the “Na Kupuna Makamae Center,” or “The Beloved Kupuna Center,” to pay tribute to its new purpose of bringing children and kupuna together with intergenerational programs and services. HCDA voted in June to approve the preparation of an environmental assessment and special management area permit so that the non-profit organization, Pacific Gateway Center, could move forward with plans to renovate the vacant building into a community resource center.
Public hearings for Ward Village’s proposed Land Block 2, Project 2 will be held on October 1 and 2, with a decision-making public hearing scheduled for December 3rd. Ward Village’s proposal includes two new buildings at 1050 Ala Moana Boulevard, where Ward Warehouse is currently located. It would create a total of 236 new housing units, along with new commercial and ground level open space. Written testimony and to view the entire permit application on their website at: http://dbedt.hawaii.gov/hcda/ward-village-land-block-2-project-2/.