Council listens to concerns about Makila Kai project

We are writing to express our appreciation to the County Council for listening to the concerns of the community about the Makila Kai project.

Clearly, everyone is in favor of more workforce housing. But many testifiers at a July 28 council hearing raised serious questions — sometimes with great passion — about the impact of the project on cultural practices of nearby kuleana families, water supply, pollution of the ocean, health of the coral reefs, preservation of ag land, traffic and public safety.

We urged the council to not rush this difficult and complicated decision. The council was about to take its final vote on this project when Council Member Bob Carroll, acknowledging the many unanswered questions, moved to refer the project back to the Land Use Committee for further review. The council agreed unanimously.

As two of the many people who spoke about the project at multiple hearings, we were gratified to see our concerns were heard and acted upon in such a judicious way. It was heartening to us to see the process work.

Gordon Firestein and Doris Lang