Meeting shines light on future of Thomas SquareUPDATED 10:27 PM HST May 13, 2013Video Transcript
de Nies. And I'm Kenny Choi. Its been a place to play and a place of protest, but what will Thomas Square be in the future? Many residents shared their ideas for the popular park with the Mayor tonight. KITV4's Paul Drewes has high-lights in tonight's top story. Thomas square is many different things to many different people. Jack@27:42-27:51 "I see thomas square, i see the promenade at the beginning as having art, i see it as a beautiful area" For some, the park is an important reminder about Hawaii's past. It was there the British occupation of Hawaii ended 170 years ago. aaron@22:40-22:50 "just from its origin its been a political place, the occupy guys should have a place there, its always been political" For the past two years, Deoccupy Honolulu occupied Thomas Square, to protest the lack of housing for Hawaii's homeless and their efforts have generated some support. bob loren@30:48-31:07 "I have used Thomas quare park for a number of yuears, there are homeless there, they have never bothered me. Before you spend millions on beautification resolve the increasing homeless problem." Some simply called for more amenities at the park for everyone. true blue@34:07-34:17 "how about a toilet or sink that actually works, we've got one water fountain for the whole park that's a mile square" new planters now line the park, but many are not happy about the additions. Larry geller@24:40-24:48 "i'm told it was 42 inches that means wheelchairs cannot pass, the city is going to have to take those planters away" Some residents were worried about invasive plants sprouting up at Thomas Square, while others more concerned about those who run the park... kalani29:50-29:56 "ever since the US arrived here and all other invasive species you folks have prevailed with lies" Thomas Square has gone through declines and rebirths before, and some are tired of it being an eyesore. walter@25:58-26:03 "we don't want shantytowns this is hawaii, respect the land, respect the people of Hawaii" There are Dozens of different visions for Thomas Square, so coming up with plan that will appease everyone turns out to be no walk in the park. All the comments, both spoken and written will be compiled by the city to help them come up with a plan for the park. While this evening's event was well attended at the Academy of Arts' Doris Duke theatre, there are currently no plans for a repeat performance. Back to you.