The crowd of Native Hawaiians gathered at the foot of the statue of the last reigning monarch before rallying at the Capitol rotunda.
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The final push is on to allow new development in Kakaako Makai.
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs believes the battle is about more than building residential high-rises.
After settling a decades-long suit over crown lands, OHA said it still cannot do what it wants on land it now owns title to.
"We want to use this opportunity to set an example for what good development looks like that celebrates community sensitivity, community inclusiveness access to the waterfront it’s everything we represent," said OHA trustee Peter Apo.
Those who fought to get a law passed banning residential development on the ocean side of Ala Moana Blvd are watching closely to see if lawmakers back down from their stance of just a few years ago.
The concern is if OHA is allowed to build residential towers, other landowners would push for that same right.
Senate conferees presented a draft raising the height limit and changing language in the bills preamble.
"The height limit on parcels E and I would be raised to 418 feet. That's consistent with House bill 1866 and it is to account for elevator shafts and things of that nature," said Sen Maile Shimabukuro.
House conferees plan to meet again tomorrow once they review the draft.
"Given what happened in the past, I was present with a lot of my collegues fighting for public access and keeping things available on the makai side. We are trying to find a balance," said Rep. Cindy Evans.
OHA believes if the measure can get past the conference committee the bill would have its best chance with a floor vote in both houses.