Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) is poised to adopt the Kakaako Makai Area Parks Active Use Master Plan (December 2016 draft) during its regular meeting on March 1, 2017 at 10:00 am in HCDA’s Board Conference Room (547 Queen Street): http://dbedt.hawaii.gov/hcda/agenda- 03-01-2017-kakaako/.
The updated Master Plan includes Kakaako Waterfront Park, Kewalo Basin Park, and Makai Gateway Park, and is the next step in long-range recreational and parks development for Kakaako. It follows Governor Ige’s acceptance of the Final EIS for the Kakaako Makai Parks Active Use Facilities Master Plan.
Recommendations from the updated Master Plan fall into three general categories: outdoor recreation and exercise opportunities to complement the various fitness centers and gyms in Kakaako, outdoor eating facilities and food vendors to attract residents, and live entertainment venues to activate outdoor spaces and encourage communities to gather and socialize.
However, additional discussions are probably needed in order to achieve an appropriate balance between those activities that are intended to generate revenue for long-term parks maintenance and operations (e.g., sports complex at former “Look Lab” site, food concessions at the Waterfront Park at Adventure Zone and Sports Complex, and a biergarten at the Waterfront Park Adventure Zone) during Phases I through IV (1-20 year time span), and those intended provide a great lawn with Gateway features, plaza and water features, flexible and open community space and Lei of Green connections to Kewalo Basin Park and Ala Moana Regional Park.