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The Defend Oahu Coalition is a diverse group of community residents, environmentalists, activists and religious leaders, all working together toward one immediate goal: protecting communities on Oahu from the dangerous effects of large scale development. We believe that the beautiful open spaces and shorelines on Oahu are for all residents and visitors to enjoy. We are committed to ensuring that it will be be a resource for generations to come.

You can get in touch with us by emailing savekawelabay@yahoo.com.

Background

Owners of Turtle Bay Resort plan to build five new hotels with 3,500 more condo, timeshare and resort hotel units on and around Kawela Bay on the basis of an agreement and a land use permit that are nearly 20 years old. These are based on an environmental study that is even older. Developer Kuilima Resort Company, an affiliate of Oaktree Capital Management, is attempting to subdivide more than 700 acres of land from Kawela Bay to Kahuku Point - either to develop it or to sell off to other developers.

A lot has changed in the last 20 years. Traffic and water usage have changed significantly since Turtle Bay first proposed this massive development. Other development along the North Shore/Windward area is on the way - including the Stryker Brigade and 550 units of housing in Laie. Laws have changed, too. Affordable housing requirements have expanded too - developers in 1986 agreed to build a number of affordable homes equal to 10% of the to 30%. Environmental studies have stronger requirements and must include additional information such as cultural concerns.

All of this development would drastically affect the nature of our neighborhoods along the rural corridor from Kahalu'u to Waimea Bay and beyond. These neighborhoods serve as a recreational area for the entire island - an escape from the urban sprawl. If Kuilima Resort Company has its way and is allowed to build 3,500 more units, North Shore residents and the people of O'ahu in general can say goodbye to Keeping the Country Country.

** The Environmental Notice, January 23, 2006, Office of Environmental Quality Control

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