Encouraging Economic Development in Wai`anae

At the October 11th Full Council meeting, City Councilmembers adopted Resolution 17-261 which encourages the City to lease space at the City’s Waiʻanae Multi-Service Center and allow for use by organizations specializing in economic development on the Waiʻanae Coast.   

(L-R) Back row: Carol Pelekai, Verna Landford-Bright Front Row: Joe Lapilio, Councilmember Pine, Ginger Fuata. Members of WEDC came to Honolulu Hale to testify in support of Resolution 17-261 at the City’s Business, Economic Development & Tourism Committee.

Mahalo to members of the Waiʻanae Economic Development Council (WEDC) for driving this issue, and continuing its mission to bring more economic opportunity to the Waiʻanae Coast.

The idea began when WEDC members met with Councilmember Pine to discuss the idea of establishing the Wai`anae Satellite City Hall facility as a Business, Economic, Development and Employment Resource Center. Residents also expressed an interest in utilizing the space for workshops and community meetings, office space for residents, craft fairs, community events and other activities to market Waiʻanae made products, and a site to facilitate collaboration and coordination with community providers.

Lastly, residents shared a need for space to provide Westside financial services such as financial literacy information, microloan programs, classes, workshops, and financial consultations.

 

In August 2017, Councilmember Pine met with members of the Waiʻanae Economic Development Council to discuss community interest in utilizing the space at the Waiʻanae Satellite City Hall for Economic Development.

Now that Resolution 17-261 has been adopted, I look forward to working closely with WEDC to fulfill some of our shared initiatives as we continue to encourage the growth of economic growth throughout the Waiʻanae Coast.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at kmpine@honolulu.gov.