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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     

OCTOBER 27, 2002

PUBLIC WORKSHOP SCHEDULED FOR THE “WAIKIKI LIVABLE COMMUNITY PROJECT”

 The public is invited to attend and participate in a public workshop for the Waikiki Livable Community Project (WLCP) on Tuesday, October 29, 2002 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort.  The event is will be hosted by the City Department of Transportation Services.  

“The Waikiki Livable Community Project is an opportunity to make Waikiki a more livable place through improvements related to transportation,” said City Transportation Services Director Cheryl Soon.  “We encourage everyone who resides, works, or recreates in Waikiki to attend this workshop and bring their ideas.”

The WLCP is a federally sponsored planning study being implemented through the Department of Transportation Services.  The City recognizes there is a critical need to improve transportation efficiency, reduce impacts of transportation on the environment, and reduce the need for future costly public infrastructure investments, as well as ensure efficient access to destinations in the busy area of Waikiki. WLCP looks at past and present plans and ideas that would increase the livability of Waikiki and focus on ways to integrate and implement those plans.  A major focus of WLCP is making Waikiki more pedestrian-friendly.

 The public workshop will provide opportunities for participants to discuss concepts of the Waikiki Livable Community Project and propose ideas for specific projects to be carried out by the City.  Based on input from the community gathered over the past year, the project’s visions and elements include:       Kalakaua Avenue: “One of the World’s Greatest Avenues”

·       Kuhio Avenue: “Celebrating Living in Waikiki”

·       Ala Wai Boulevard: “A Stage for Recreation and Culture”

·       Mauka-Makai Streets: “Creating Neighborhoods with Unique Character”

·       Ala Moana Boulevard: “A Green Gateway”

·       Pedestrian-Friendly Amenities and Attractions

·       Gateways and Links to Waikiki

·       Convenient and Affordable Transportation

·       Bicycling as Viable Transportation

·       Featuring the Waters Around Waikiki

·       Efficient and Coordinated Deliveries

·       Tour and Transit Center

·       Walk on the Beach

 In addition to the public workshop, an open house will be held on Monday, October 28, from 4:00PM to 6:00PM at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort.  Those who are new to the Waikiki Livable Community Project are asked to attend this open house as an orientation prior to participating in the workshop held on the following day.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2002

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