September 1st, 2004


New development

Some people want to continue building in Hawai'i. So far it's very uggallee with tall buildings in the way of the view of the ocean. Concrete and more concrete. Well now a developer in Hawai'i wants to build in Kaka'ako. Hopefully it will fail because it seems monstrous for such a tiny island:

Goodbye Ferris wheel, hello sails of Hokule'a.

Almost five years after a state panel killed an ambitious plan by D.G. "Andy" Anderson to redevelop state land along the Kewalo waterfront, the restaurateur and former politician is back with a new proposal.

Out is Anderson's old idea for a 130-foot-high Ferris wheel surrounded by retail shops and restaurants.

The new project's focal point is a nearly 300-foot-high Pacific Rim business trade center made to look like a giant version of the Hawaiian sailing canoe Hokule'a — with residential, office and possibly hotel units in tall, thin buildings designed as "sails" attached above twin canoe-shaped hull structures.

Retail shops, restaurants, a farmers market, underground parking, an outdoor concert venue and space for another developer's aquarium also are part of Anderson's revised plan, which he hopes to publicly present to the state agency controlling development of the area in October.

The proposal — dubbed Hawai'i Pacific Trade Center, The Sails of Hokule'a — includes demolishing and rebuilding Anderson's John Dominis restaurant, as well as previous Anderson ideas for a miniature golf course and carousel.

Anderson's last proposal failed to win support from the state, and he blamed then-Gov. Ben Cayetano for nixing it. Anderson said he believes he has a better chance under Gov. Linda Lingle's administration.

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This is what is happening in Hawai'i. A non-indigenous person who is the director of the Bishop Museum and the rest of the board proposed an "interim guidance policy," announced earlier this summer in which the museum be recognized as a native Hawaiian organization under the terms of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990. This is problematic for Hawaiians and for other indigenous people because some non-indigenous person and/or entity can do the same thing and claim that they are a native ____ organization and thus screw them over too in terms of obtaining indigenous artifacts under NAGPRA:

A group of native Hawaiians stood on the front lawn of Bishop Museum yesterday and reiterated their call for the resignation of the museum's director.

Group opposes museum plan

Hui Malama does not want Bishop Museum defined as a native Hawaiian organization

The group opposes the museum board's proposed "interim guidance policy," announced earlier this summer in which the museum defined itself as a native Hawaiian organization under the terms of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990. NAGPRA was enacted to provide procedures for museums to return ancestral bones and four classes of objects to Native Americans and Hawaiians.

"This is extremely colonial and paternal," said Edward Ayau, describing the proposed policy. Ayau is a spokesman for Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawaii Nei, founded in 1988 to care for ancestral remains, sacred objects and burial sites.

Federal authorities are investigating the alleged black market sale of items that Bishop Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts repatriated to Hui Malama for reburial in two Big Island caves. Hui Malama acknowledged last week that repatriated items were taken from one of the caves.

Ayau said NAGPRA was "human rights legislation" designed to right wrongs of the past in which human remains were displayed in museums. He said NAGPRA never intended for museums, which have acquired human remains of ancestors from burial caves, to stand as a native Hawaiian organization.

Ayau said the intent of NAGPRA was "to heal historic wounds, and this (interim policy) opens them."

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