I took the picture while standing in front of the school along Kamehameha Highway looking back up towards the mountains.
First, there’s the shelter at the bus stop. That’s the bus stop that is now being served only once an hour, if you’re lucky and nothing goes wrong along the route. It’s bad enough for regular riders who need to get somewhere. It’s far worse for bicycle riders. Several times I’ve seen bike riders patiently waiting for the next bus, only to find that the bus rack is already full, and our buses aren’t equipped to handle any additional bikes. So now they either wait for another hour and hope for the best, or give up and forget the planned trip.
Second. Just beyond the bus stop is an empty spot where no grass is growing. That’s where our white recycling bin was placed, at least until a couple of weeks ago when it disappeared, as the mayor promised. Those bins were heavily used at this school, and there’s a lot of unhappy people about their removal. Some parts of Kaaawa don’t get curbside recycling pickups, including the section where we live, so this is a major loss for us.
Third. Carlisle’s administration has been far too compliant with development plans farther up the coast in Laie, Malaekahana, and Turtle Bay. As he has done with rail, Carlisle has staked out a simplistic, “development is our future” approach.
Here’s what I wrote earlier this year while fact checking Carlisle’s statement that he wants to “keep the country country” by building rail.
Carlisle stated his support for development around the island in a speech to a Kaneohe business group last year. Note the reference to “fast tracking” of development plans.
The mayor described major development projects proposed for Oahu’s windward side, and the fast tracking process of the Department of Planning and Permitting. “Community growth is inevitable, population growth is inevitable, and although theses projects are controversial, we have to take steps to accommodate that growth and do it in correct fashion,” he said.
One example has been the Carlisle administration’s support of the Mormon plan, Envision Laie, which would create a major suburban development of up to 1,200 new homes on agricultural land in Malaekahana, with supporting commercial and retail areas, in addition to the new Marriott hotel, and an expanded BYUH campus.
Not much “Keep the country, country” in that plan, or in the expansion of the Turtle Bay Resort.
This mayor’s administration seems to have allowed city services to deteriorate while being uncritical boosters of any and all developments without regard for their long-term impacts or their planning impacts.
I’ll be happy if Peter Carlisle is sent off to enjoy his retirement.