KAILUA-KONA, HI – The weeklong workshop to apply key components of the award-winning Kona Community Development Plan (CDP) to the Honokohau Village site ended in a Tuesday night presentation at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort. But already the week’s efforts were earning endorsements from many folks, including those with the tasks of taking the plans forward. [...]
KAILUA-KONA, HI – One of the things the Honokohau Village project team learned during the week’s charrette has to do with the challenges to energy conservation that come with living on the side of a volcano. Energy prices are already high in Hawaii and expected to rise as world industrial recovery pressures oil prices. Might there be some way to make better use of the way winds move mauka to makai, then reverse as temperatures heat and cool during the course of 24 hours? [...]
KAILUA-KONA, HI – A solid core of Kona charrette participants have watched plans evolve over the last week. On Monday night, they got a quick preview of key components of the plan that will be presented at the Tuesday-night, 6:30pm, final.
KAILUA-KONA, HI – Hours before the Monday-night “pin-up” of work-in-progress for the Honokohau Village TOD, PlaceMakers lead designer Geoff Dyer offered a peek at the team’s thinking so far. The idea is to provide a mixed-use neighborhood, closely integrated with the emerging West Hawaii Civic Center, where people can live, work, and play without relying exclusively on automobile travel. [...]
KAILUA-KONA, HI – “A road map . . . something we can take from Kona and use in other parts of the Island.”
That, among other things, is how County planning director Bobby Jean Leithead Todd explains her hopes for the Honokohau Village charrette, currently underway at the Sheraton Keauhau Bay Resort, in a video interview Saturday afternoon. [...]
KAILUA-KONA, HI – When we talk about “sense of place,” especially in a place like Hawai`i, we’re talking about community character inspired by both the natural and the built environments.
The contributions of Kona’s natural setting are obvious. They’ve been pulling people to the Big Island for thousands of years. [...]
KAILUA-KONA, HI – Even with only a little of the vertical construction for the new West Hawaii Civic Center rising from the site for the proposed Honokohau Village, the appeal of the place is evident. So are the challenges.
“The site goes mauka to makai,” said Susan Henderson, design director for the PlaceMakers consulting team. “And there are going to be significant slope issues. So we have to integrate in a very meaningful way access to the neighborhood amenities and transit . . while being mindful of the topography.” [...]
KAILUA-KONA, HI – With broad Kona community goals already established, thanks to the award-winning Kona Community Development Plan (CDP), the second day of the Honokohau Village charrette ended with a community talk story seeking to apply the goals to a specific place.
Susan Henderson, director of design for the PlaceMakers consulting team, said the opening discussions constitute “a baby step” towards customizing the CDP-enabled Village Design Guidelines. “We welcome your continued input over the next five days.” [...]
Respect for the land and what it demands of those who are its stewards, for the wisdom of those who’ve come before, and for one another. [...]
KAILUA-KONA, HI – County officials and staff and Kona community members, with help from an expert consulting team, begin a weeklong public workshop today to plan the first major project under the award-winning Kona Community Development Plan (CDP).