A: Ala Moana Regional Park, under the purview of the Department of Parks & Recreation of the City and County of Honolulu, is embarking on an ambitious, multi-year effort to create a new restoration and enhancement plan for the park. This plan will encompasses ongoing maintenance, management, and operations of Ala Moana Regional Park.
Q: Why is the Ala Moana Regional Park enhancement project important?
A: Ala Moana Regional Park is the people’s park, used by residents throughout Oahu. As a large, beachfront park immediately adjacent to Downtown Honolulu, it plays a vital role in the everyday lives of residents. The park is showing its age after 80 years of intense use by residents. With increasing development in the downtown core, the City and County of Honolulu wants to ensure that Ala Moana Regional Park remains accessible to and the favorite park for Honolulu’s residents for many years to come. To do this, an unprecedented public participation and outreach process is being undertaken to ensure that park users play a key role in shaping the park’s future.
Q: What are the principles by which the Ala Moana Regional Park restoration and enhancement plan is being developed?
A: The restoration and enhancement plan for Ala Moana Regional Park is based on a series of Guiding Principles for the revitalization, enhancement, and improvement of park grounds and facilities. These principles are broadly summarized from public comments so far as follows:
- The People’s Park – efforts to improve the park are centered on maintaining the localness of the park.
- Safety – all visitors to the park need to feel safe at all times of day.
- Cleanliness – improved maintenance and operations of the park focus on trash removal, facilities cleanliness, attractive and clean food options.
- Accessibility – visual and physical access to and within the park for a range of park users and different modes of transport.
- Beauty – the park’s uniqueness lies in the inherent beauty of its trees, ocean, lawns, views, and ponds.
- Enhancement – enhancing those features of the park that are well-loved and serve residents – programming, facilities, and concessions – will continue to provide the amenities and features valued by residents.
- History – the park’s history adds to its uniqueness and singularity, and shall be celebrated as a crucial component of the park’s legacy.
- Sustainability –all enhancements made to the park shall consider long-term viability in light of rising sea levels, water quality, wise use of materials and efficiency standards.
Q: Who is working on this project?
A: The Ala Moana Regional Park Restoration and Enhancement Plan is being overseen by the Department of Parks & Recreation of the City and County of Honolulu. The team consists of eighteen different firms, thirteen of which are local to Honolulu. The component parts of the master plan include: park programming, public outreach, landscape architecture, architecture, lighting, arboriculture, water quality, irrigation, traffic, and other design, engineering, and survey functions.
Q: What is the timeline of the project?
A: The project formally kicked off in March 2015. The public outreach, data gathering/research, and design process is expected to last until approximately February 2016. Once a preferred master plan alternative is developed and selected, an Environmental Impact Statement will be initiated, which will take approximately twelve months to complete., The Mayor has already begun a number of maintenance repair projects, including comfort station improvements, Magic Island path repair, and park frontage landscaping.
A: The best way for the public to add their thoughts and ideas is through the project website: http://ouralamoanapark.com/. The website features the history of the park, survey, interactive maps, condition of the park, and email subscript The project began with a public workshop in March 2015, where more than 20 maps with comments by the public were generated depicting the community’s concerns, wants, and ideas. Subsequently, the project team met with numerous city employees to understand the maintenance and operation challenges facing the park. The project team has also hosted a number of focused stakeholder meetings, as well as informal meetings and conversations with users in the park. Since March 2015, there have been over 30,000 website interactions.
Q: How does this project relate to other plans in the area?
The Ala Moana Restoration and Enhancement plan is a community driven venture of the City and County of Honolulu and is not related to other private developments in the Kaka’ako district. However, the project team is both aware of and communicating with neighboring projects as they relate to shared frontages, common pathways, entrances, crossings and general connectivity of Ala Moana Regional Park.