Setback, Enjoy the View

Posted by at May 09, 2011 03:00 AM |
Mahalo to all who came out to the "Line in the Sand" rally in Waikiki on May 7!

Mahalo to all who came out to the "Line in the Sand" rally in Waikīkī!

It was a great day of sign-waving and sand castles, and a great show of aloha for beach access and shoreline protections, as people from around O'ahu came together to demand their public officials uphold shoreline setback laws, not bend the rules.

From Marti and Shelley: "We find that people do care about this issue, because our shores are one of our most valuable natural and economic resources, especially the beach at Waikīkī. People may not know that Waikīkī has long had very strict laws including height and shoreline setback rules meant to protect the narrow, eroding beach, but the city recently issued a variance that exempts Kyo-ya’s proposed 26-story tower from these laws. Thus, the name of the rally: “Line in the Sand.” We shouldn’t be giving other Waikīkī developers the opportunity to point to Kyo-ya and demand their own variances to build bigger, higher and closer to water’s edge."

Click here to learn more about this issue and Kyo-ya's proposed "castle in the sand."

Extra-special mahalo to Brianna and Aya and our friends at Surfrider O'ahu Chapter for helping to make this rally possible!

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