Make Honolulu World-Class
Invest in our people and infrastructure to capitalize on new economic opportunities
Hawaii must provide the human resources and infrastructure to attract and support business and investment
This is a turning point for Honolulu; there has never been a more important moment than now to build a future of economic strength and stability.
>> Complete the rail system to Ala Moana—in a fiscally responsible manner by not raising property taxes beyond the obligations committed by the current administration—holding true to a policy of financial discipline and responsible spending that distinguished his past mayoral tenure; securing appropriated federal transit funding; seeking other sources of money, such as federal pandemic economic stimulus support for infrastructure; and establishing publicprivate partnerships.
>> Use rail to catalyze transit-oriented development, which will spur the construction of affordable housing, commercial and industrial enterprises, and other opportunities for investment and business growth along the transit route. There have been multiple announcements of TOD, including at Aloha Stadium, Pearl Harbor, and Kalihi, continued work in the Kaka`ako-Ala Moana area, and the state public housing authority’s plans for the construction of 10,000 rental units within walking distance of the rail line.
>> Stimulate the construction and availability of affordable housing by enforcing the City’s transient vacation rental ordinance; seek incentives for housing development, such as reducing the parking requirements for buildings along the rail route; and expand the City’s Down Payment Loan Program for first-time homebuyers.
>> Create a “culture and arts corridor” in Kaka‘ako, to include Kaka‘ako Waterfront Park, as a venue for concerts and performances, water sports, Aloha Festivals Ho‘olaule‘a, artist lofts and exhibitions, open markets and food events, film screenings, and other gatherings to diversify activities in the district. Expand on the “Pow! Wow!” murals and street art, Ola Ka ‘Ilima Artspace Lofts, and the Hawai‘i Children’s Discovery Center that already exist in the area, and seek funding through grants, such as the National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town program.
>> Continue to reassess the schedule of timely infrastructure repair and maintenance covering sewers and wastewater treatment plants, storm drains, and roads.
>> Leverage collaborations with the private sector and higher education institutions to continually innovate, including driving the adoption of new technologies for pandemic monitoring and tracing, government permit approvals, traffic and transportation management, and various City services.
>> Work with the University of Hawai‘i and other educational institutions to encourage young people to consider careers in public service to compensate for the loss of an experienced, veteran City workforce due to retirements; use available federal training and retraining programs to support these efforts.