Oct 20, 2017 5:01 pm Pacific/Honolulu

Diamond Head Tower Outreach

As a good neighbor in Hawaii for more than 50 years, Kyo-ya understands the importance of involving the community in planning for any development. When Kyo-ya began planning its reinvestment in Waikiki in 2007, the company reached out to various stakeholder groups to include them in the process and ensure any concerns were properly addressed.

Local Community

On at least six occasions, Kyo-ya has participated in public hearings about the project to solicit input from the community. Kyo-ya executives have presented the project plans and received feedback from the Waikiki Neighborhood Board and Waikiki Improvement Association, both of which have voiced support for the project.

Kyo-ya negotiated successfully with Local 5, the labor union representing its hotel workers, to reach a compromise on the appropriate mix of hotel and residential units, preserving local hotel jobs.

Kyo-ya hired Sea Engineering Inc., a well-respected marine research and engineering firm, to study the past and present climate and wave patterns on Waikiki Beach. Sea Engineering’s recommendations were fully incorporated into the current plans for the Diamond Head Tower to ensure it does not affect wave patterns or beach erosion and can survive coastal inundation.

For the past three years, Kyo-ya has been meeting with various stakeholder groups, including a Native Hawaiian cultural resource group, to foster the incorporation of host-culture elements into the design and landscaping of both the Sheraton Princess Ka‘iulani Hotel and the redeveloped Diamond Head Tower.

Also, in recognition of the very sensitive nature of any redevelopment in the Waikiki area, Kyo-ya has engaged in early consultation with recognized cultural descendants, the State Historic Preservation Division and others to address cultural impacts prior to the final design and construction of the project.

These considerations will continue as the project proceeds in an effort to ensure that any cultural concerns are appropriately addressed.

From the beginning of the planning process, Kyo-ya has worked numerous government entities to ensure the project follows the law. Kyo-ya presented the project to the Honolulu City Council on multiple occasions, receiving unanimous support. Moreover, the project has been carefully vetted by the City Department of Planning and Permitting, which recommended changes to the design of the building that Kyo-ya immediately implemented.