Protests Begin Over A&B Development Project in Honolulu

Alexander & Baldwin Inc. wants to build a group of buildings in Kakaako, one of which will be 43 stories tall.

Dubbed “The Collection,” it’s part of the Hawaii Community Development Authority’s master plan to reinvigorate that segment of Honolulu with mixed-use development.

But as with most projects in Kakaako it’s not without controversy.

On Sunday, two groups made up of Kakaako residents said in a press release that they filed a petition Friday that fights HCDA’s approval of A&B’s project.

Among other things the group — consisting of e Association of Apartment Owners of One Waterfront Towers and the nonprofit Kakaako United — say The Collection’s buildings exceed maximum height limits and blocks view corridors. 

The group also says that the project’s affordable housing component is not truly affordable, and that it will overburden local schools emergency services and sewer capacity.

According to the group’s Sunday press release, they want HCDA to rescind its approval of The Collection and do an Environmental Impact Statement that will look at the impacts of the project.

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Photo: Artist rendering of The Collection submitted to HCDA.

—Nick Grube

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