Turtle Bay’s value
I have been polling visitors and so far every single one of them tells me they love North Shore for its small town community atmosphere (“Turtle Bay: Comment Now!,” Jan. 2). They also say they would no longer visit if current development plans are followed through with because it would destroy everything they are coming for: peace, nature, beautiful open spaces, the aloha spirit of people who support their community and so much more. People are not coming to see traffic, crowded beaches, hotels and rentals everywhere. We need to preserve [it] as much as possible, it is a rare beauty!!!
As lifelong residents and businesspeople on the North Shore, we feel that Turtle Bay Resorts should promptly remove [any] further development plans. We do not feel this way just because of the natural devastation that further expansion would create, the huge increase in already almost unbearable traffic, but also for business. People come to the North Shore and spend money here because it is COUNTRY. [P]eople like to see the open spaces, farm lands, small stores and local restaurants. I sincerely hope that the owners of Turtle Bay can be happy with what is already there and make it better rather than bigger.
Chris Viverito North Shore, HI
Although they now are couching their proposals in terms of Hawaiian concepts such as the ahupuaa, there is no basis for corporate developers to be considered trustworthy land stewards in Hawaii. During the 40 years that corporations have owned the Turtle Bay Resort land, each owner has profited from land speculation and offered the property at higher prices to the next buyer.
Under the Unilateral Agreement of 1986, the many changes in zoning came with a caveat that the developer is to be responsible for providing the community with public parks, affordable housing and career training for community members. Twenty-six years have passed and there has been no significant commitment to these values.
The “conservation option” that is being offered requires that the community actually pay the developer to put lands in conservation. The courts [having] recognized that there have been profound changes to Oahu since 1986, a new EIS for Turtle Bay Resort expansion was ordered to be prepared. The courts should nullify the 1986 Unilateral Agreement. Our general plan, which should underlie all zoning issues, has authorized that the Koolauloa area be designated as the rural breadbasket for Oahu. The property should revert back to the original zoning: agricultural. If further development is sought, they [should] expand the hotel itself on its original or existing footprint.
Joan H. Koff, Ph.D. Koolauloa, HI