Published Articles and More
Civil Beat, March 3, 2015
As Hoopili Decision Looms, How Much Farmland is Left?
"...no one really knows how much usable farmland is left. The most recent city study was conducted by a consultant who has also worked for the project developer."
Civil Beat, March 2, 2015
Letter to the Honolulu City Council from Panos Prevedouros: Hoopili Doesn’t Fit
"So if today’s traffic is bad, then in 2035 with Hoopili and the rest of the planned developments, traffic will be severely congested. You appear to be deliberately approving transportation and development projects that will yield a grossly substandard quality of life for all of west Oahu."
Civil Beat, February 19, 2015
Disappearing Farmland: Hoopili Continues the Trend
"...Council members began the process of a zone change to allow the long-planned Hoopili residential development to displace 1,289 acres of farmland along the under-construction rail route in west Oahu."
Star-Advertiser, February 19, 2015
Council gives Hoopili project first OK
"The proposed 1,554-acre Hoopili housing project cleared a hurdle Wednesday with a unanimous first-reading approval from the Honolulu City Council. Bill 3, D.R. Horton-Schuler Division's request for 11,750 housing units, would rezone what are now largely farm lands between Ewa and Kapolei..."
Civil Beat, September 4, 2014
Hoopili Decisions Loom: ‘Prime Farmland’ May Give Way in West Oahu
"While tractors roll along in the shadows of rail pillars, a huge housing development awaits Supreme Court and City Council action."
The Rotunda, September 4, 2013
Ho‘opili: The Fate Of Prime Agricultural Land In Hawai‘i
"Ho‘opili, some of the best land for farming in the State, has been arbitrarily exempted from Important Agricultural Land protection and seems doomed to be paved over and turned into a housing development." Analysis by Will Caron.
SOFA Update February 4, 2013
Hearing scheduled for House Bill 1357
HB 1357 scheduled to be heard by the Transportation Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 11:20 a.m. in House conference room 309. View the hearing notice >>
SOFA Update February 1, 2013
State bill could halt Ho`opili
House Bill 1357 would require adequate highway capacity before construction of a new subdivision or housing development may begin. You can check bill status and submit testimony. When hearings are scheduled, you can attend and speak to the committees.
SOFA Update October 30, 2012
Save O’ahu Farmlands Alliance Announces Candidates Who Support Preserving Farmland
This list is to let voters know of candidates who strongly support saving farmland and who will work to promote local farms. There may be more than one in each race. Please vote for pro-farm candidates.
Mayor of Honolulu Ben Cayetano
SOFA update - October 23, 2012
Save Oahu Farmlands Alliance endorses Ben Cayetano for Honolulu mayor!
Ben Cayetano testified in person before the State Land Use Commission against the massive Ho'opili development which would pave over 1525 acres of the highest producing farmland on O'ahu. Cayetano said he felt compelled to testify because the project would destroy 34% of the O'ahu land currently supplying fresh fruits and vegetables for the local market.
Ben Cayetano has vigorously stated, before the Land Use Commission and many times elsewhere, that the paramount authority for preserving agricultural land is the injunction of the Hawai`i State Constitution “to conserve and protect agricultural lands, promote diversified agriculture, increase agricultural self-sufficiency and assure the availability of agriculturally suitable lands” (Article XI).
Kirk Caldwell, in contrast, supports the Ho’opili rezoning, supports development of Koa Ridge, and stands with the developers of Envision La’ie. Caldwell’s background is mainly in development and finance.
Kirk’s environmental record is weak, while Mr. Cayetano has a strong and lengthy record of service to the environmental preservation and management of our island.
We strongly urge you to vote for Ben Cayetano as the next mayor of Honolulu!
Mahalo for your ongoing support,
SAVE OAHU FARMLANDS ALLIANCE
SOFA update - June 8, 2012
State Land Use Commission Approves D.R. Horton's Ho`opili Petition
In an 8-1 vote, the Hawaii State Land Use Commission has approved developer D.R. Horton's petition to reclassify 1554 acres in the Ewa District from agriculture to urban for its proposed Ho`opili development.
The story does not end here, however. Maintaining and enhancing Hawaii's capacity to produce food is too important to accept that these uniquely productive lands are fated for conversion to development.
Thank you for your ongoing support and determination as we enter the next phase of the campaign to keep these lands in food farming in perpetuity.
SOFA update - May 31, 2012
Land Use Commission to Decide Ho`opili on June 8
The LUC has scheduled final oral arguments and decision making for 9 a.m. on Friday, June 8 at the usual location: 235 S. Beretania St., Rm 204. Come early if you want a seat. See the LUC agenda document (PDF) and the related Civil Beat post.
SOFA update - May 22, 2012
Land Use Commission Delays Decision
The Land Use Commission granted in part an 11th hour request by D.R. Horton to delay a decision on Ho`opili to allow more time for briefings on issues related to the LUC's decision making authority. The LUC agreed to a delay, but insisted that Horton submit its brief by Friday, May 25, and set a response deadline of June 4 for the intervenors. The commission chair made a public commitment to ensure the case is decided before any change in the membership of the commission and to schedule a hearing for no later than the end of June.
Honolulu Weekly, April 25 - May 1, 2012
Is there Hope for Ho`opili?
"...The future of O`ahu hangs in the balance." Kevin O'Leary visits the land in question and gives us a recap of the various issues in play and what's at stake in the Ho`opili development proposal.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, March 2, 2012
Agriculture experts bash Ho'opili project
The development's opponents argue that it will rob Oahu of valuable farmland
Hawaii News Now, February 21, 2012
Farmers stage tractor protest in Downtown Honolulu
Hawai`i Public Radio, February 21, 2012
Battle over O`ahu Farmlands Continues
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, February 19, 2012
Ho'opili opponents gear up offensive
Farmers, experts and others are expected to testify against the Ewa housing project
Honolulu Advertiser, February 10, 2009
Ho'opili project harms traffic, agriculture
'Ewa Redevelopment Plan ignores long-term perils facing Oahu
By Kioni Dudley, Ph.D
November ’08 version submitted to Advertiser
What every H-1 commuter needs to know About the ‘Ewa Development Plan
By Kioni Dudley, Ph.D.
Ho’opili – taking our future survival
By Kioni Dudley, Ph.D
Statement of Position
The Friends of Makakilo