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New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District welcomes input from the community in first meeting


TO BE LAID TONIGHT… LAUREN: COMMUNITY MEETING. HE JOINS US NOW WITH TONIGHT’S TOP STORY. SAM? THE PLANNING COMMITTEE FOR THE NEW ALOHA STADIUM ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT GAVE A PRESENTATION WITH THE 3 RENDERINGS FOR POSSIBILITIES OF THE 35 THOUSAND SEAT STADIUM, TOOK IN FEEDBACK FROM THE COMMUNITY, AND ANSWERED THE PLANNING COMMUNITY SAID THEY WERE EXCITED TO HEAR FROM THE PUBLIC TONIGHT… CHRISTINE KINIMAKA: “THIS IS THE FIRST FORMAL LARGE OUTREACH TO EVERYBODY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND EVEN AROUND THE STATE TO COME OUT AND TELL US WHAT THEY THINK THEY’D LIKE TO SEE IN OUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT.” CHRISTINE KINIMAKA: “WITH THAT FEEDBACK WE HOPE TO FEED THAT INTO OUR PROJECT AND DEVELOP SOMETHING THAT CAN BE EXCITING AND PROUD FOR THE COMMUNITY TO MOVE FORWARD WITH.” SOME CONCERNS FROM THE COMMUNITY INCLUDE SWAP MEET, TRAFFIC, ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION, COST, AND WHAT WHILE BE INCLUDED IN THE MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT “THIS REDEVELOPMENT DOES NOT HAPPEN IN ISOLATION. IT WILL IMPACT OUR THREE VITAL TRANSPORTATION CORRIDORS, KAMEHAMEHA HIGHWAY, MOANALUA ROAD, AND H1 FREEWAY.” “I LOOKING FORWARD TO THE IMPACT OF THE TRAFFIC ON THIS AREA BEING IMPROVED.” THE RENDERINGS ARE NOT FINALIZED…BUT TO CREATE CONVERSATION ABOUT POSSIBILITIES FOR THE SITE…UNTIL CONSTRUCTION IS COMPLETE, UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII FOOTBALL GAMES WOULD CONTINUE TO BE PLAYED AT THE CURRENT ALOHA STADIUM. STACY JONES: “NOBODY HAS TO LEAVE THE CURRENT STADIUM AND GO PLAY ELSEWHERE, THAT’S NOT ON THE CARDS.” WITH THE CURRENT 44 YEAR OLD ALOHA STADIUM COSTING 30 MILLION IN UPKEEP EVERY YEAR…MANY ARE EXCITED FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF WHAT’S TO COME… WAYNE SUZUKI: “AT LEAST IT’S A STARTING POINT SO WE CAN USE IT AS A REFERENCE TO WHAT IDEAS WE CAN GIVE INPUT ON SO I PRETTY MUCH AGREE WITH WHAT THEY’RE DOING.” PUBLIC COMMENTS ARE STILL BEING ENCOURAGED TO BE GIVEN ONLINE, BY PHONE, EMAIL, OR SNAIL MAIL…UNTIL THE PERIOD CLOSES NOVEMBER 7TH. THEN THE DRAFT E-I-S PROCESS WILL BEGIN. FOR A LINK TO GIVE YOUR FEEDBACK YOU CAN SWING BY OUR WEBSITE KHON2.COM…LAUREN BACK TO YOU…

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  • What's the point of getting input from the community? People in Hawaii complain about every single thing that will be built or that will make something better than it originally was. They would rather have the Aloha Stadium stay a disgusting wreck that's falling apart than actually build something better.

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