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Waipahu lawmakers share their thoughts on a proposed development with 20-story towers

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For the last couple of days, The Conversation has been taking a closer look at a proposed development out in West Oʻahu. Kamehameha Schools owns land in Waipahu near the bus facility and rail station and has been talking about building a mixed-use community with two 20-story towers.

Height is a big issue because the community decided under the transit-oriented development, and the zoning only allows for a six-story structure to keep the integrity of the historic plantation town. The Conversation talked to a couple of area lawmakers about the dilemma, Rep. Henry Aquino and Honolulu Councilmember Brandon Elefante.

Elefante won't be on the council when the project comes up for a city vote. His term is up and he plans to run for the Senate seat currently held by Sen. Bennette Misalucha. Aquino is also running for a Senate seat in that area as Sen. Clarence Nishihara retires. This interview aired on The Conversation on May 6, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

Corrected: May 9, 2022 at 9:02 AM HST
A previous version of this story incorrectly stated Honolulu City Councilmember Brandon Elefante is running for the state House. He is running for the state Senate.
Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at ccruz@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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