January 18, 2009 – Papaikou, Hawaii
VIDEO by David Corrigan
Residents of the small Papaikou community braved the bitter winds along Hawaii Belt Road in order to protest the planned Papaikou Point housing development.
It has been reported in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald that landowner Steve Shropshire is planning on building a development of roughly 200 houses on his 90 acre coastal property located between Pinky’s 5 Eight store and the south end of the Onomea Scenic Drive. Shropshire, owner of the Aloha Green nursery, has asked the Land Use Commission to reclassify the agricultural and conservation land as urban in order to build the Papaikou Point development, which is reportedly going to include about 80 affordable homes.
Papaikou residents at the protest cited a number of reasons for their displeasure with the plan. Many fear the impact the development might have on local infrastructure, like water and roads. Others are worried about the possible jump in property taxes due to increased home values. And others expressed concern over what they say is the possible loss of shoreline access for fishing, and the need to keep the valued lands classified as agricultural.
Shropshire has publicly said he is interested in having a dialog with local residents.