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Dislclaimer: majority of this information has been extracted from the Final EIS and Draft EIS proposal. We have interpreted the facts to the best of our ability which is subject to change. We want to assure you that we have done our best to be fair and honest in our interpretation.

negative impacts

Please consider how the Ala Wai Canal Project will negatively impact Hawaii. We have highlighted a few concerns below. We believe these are large costs to pay for a faulty plan.

  1. Destroying natural stream and land

  2. Taking away homes and property from residents

  3. Concrete structures reducing visual appeal

  4. Potential danger imposed by filled basins

  5. Completion of the project could trigger the need for a stormwater tax on upstream residents in the watershed for maintenance.

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1. Destroying natural stream and land.

Thousands of feet of natural stream will be destroyed to clear land to build the basins. Land will be dug up and excavated. Neighborhoods will suffer the effects of noisy, mass construction. How long will construction last? Possibly years. There must be a better way in which we can leave the land alone. 

2. Taking away homes and property from residents​

18 residents received a notice in the mail about the government seizing their land. Were they talked to ? Did they have the opportunity to speak up? We spoke to many of these families and they did not know about the project. What would you do if this were your home?

3. Concrete structures reducing visual appeal

  • Imagine the view for residents, joggers and tourist along the Ala Wai Canal. Their view of the water and paddlers will be obstructed by a 4ft. concrete wall.

  • The average eye height of a vehicle is 3ft. Drivers passing by will no longer be able to see the water.

  • Imagine the new man-made basins in residential neighborhoods

4. Potential danger of filled basins

  • In the case of a serious flood, basins become a danger as they hold millions of gallons of water.

  • There have been previous child drownings in filled basins around the island. 

  • In the unlikely chance of the 100-year flood, what happens to the residents below the basin if overtops?

5. Completion of the project could trigger the need for a stormwater tax on upstream residents in the watershed for maintenance.

Taxes, fees, and more taxes. Once the project is complete, it is possible for a stormwater tax or fee to be imposed on residents living upstream within the watershed for maintenance. If the data is incorrect, these structures will go unused. We will continue to throw our money down the drain.