Rep. Scott Saiki lives in Kaka'ako, smack dab where about a half a dozen high-rises are planned.
He and other state and city lawmakers have been fielding calls from Kaka'ako residents fearful of what's to come.
"I think the bottom line is we don't want Kaka'ako to look like Hong Kong. The Hawaii Community Development Authority is fast tracking a lot of projects right now and that is a concern of who live in this area, who are going to be affected by these projects," said Saiki.
Saiki was shocked at the plan to build 690 Pohukaina -- a 650-foot tower -- only to find out six months later there was another plan in the works to allow three skyscrapers up to 700-feet-high.
"This is why the public is growing frustrated because plans are changing, exemptions are being granted and the public isn’t being given sufficient information" Saiki said.
This is the view of Kaka'ako from Makiki where more than a dozen high-rises are expected to fill in the blank spaces.
"In my opinion, the HCDA is the Public Land Development Corporation," said Saiki.
He said while environmental reviews are still required for state proposed projects, he believes that's not the case for every high-rise.
"Private developments would not have to go through the environmental assessment process," said Saiki.
Those issues will be front and center as Kaka'ako residents will meet at the capitol Thursday. The 5 p.m. in room 309 is being coordinated with Saiki’s office along with Rep. Tom Brower, Karl Rhoads, Sen. Susie Chun-Oakland, Brickwood Galuteria and Honolulu City Council member Carol Fukunaga.
Right now there are about a dozen condo associations in Kaka'ako. Saiki expects residents from all those high-rises to attend.
Under a proposed transit build out developers may not have to provide as many parking spaces in order to encourage motorists to bike or walk in the area.
And residents have questions about the impact on area schools, and whether the FAA may have issue with the taller structures during Kona winds when flight patterns of airplanes are reversed.
The FAA does have to review plans for any structure more than 200-feet-tall.
But the agency said it has yet to receive anything from the Pohukaina project.
New heights, new issues -- those days where no building was higher than a coconut tree are long gone.