Today at City Council, the Intergovernmental Affairs and Human Services Committee unanimously voted to move an agreement between the City and County of Honolulu (City) and the Department of Hawaiian Homelands (DHHL) to allow for limited construction on vacant parcels adjacent to Varona Village in Ewa and at the former Navy drum site in Waiawa, forward to the Council for consideration at the August 7, 2013 Council Meeting.
The agreement will enable DHHL to move forward with design to construction of the planned Ku’alakai Parkway extension, to extend Ku’alakai Parkway from Kapolei Parkway to Roosevelt Avenue. DHHL does not have immediate plans to develop their acquired land parcel, but according to the resolution, the departmentwill work with neighboring landowners and resident communities, including the Varona Villages community to ensure residents remain informed of improvements to the adjacent vacant land.
“As a descendant of plantation workers in Ewa, I am committed to ensuring Varona Village residents remain informed of any development on the vacant property adjacent to their residences. As our community continues to grow, we must ensure that we reach out to our residents to keep them informed,” Councilmember Pine said.