Residents asked which views of Honolulu they want preserved

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The Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) is conducting an online survey as part of a study to determine what are the key views of natural and manmade features that need to be protected as part of our physical and cultural landscape.

The interactive survey is one of several opportunities the public will have to share its ideas about views that are cherished in Urban Honolulu. The results of the survey will help decision-makers give due consideration to the preservation of valued public views when making land use decisions.

The survey can be found at The deadline to take the survey is May 31.

Among the questions, the survey asks what views are most important, whether they be landforms (mountains, craters), buildings (historic buildings, towers, civic or religious buildings), or of water (ocean, shoreline, lagoons, canals, harbors). Participants also are asked to select the landforms, buildings and water features that are among their favorites.

“As our central core area – from Diamond Head to Red Hill – matures, we need to continue to protect those views that help define the form of our city, provide us with wayfinding clues, and symbolize our unique history and culture,” said Kathy Sokugawa, acting DPP director.

Sokugawa said the DPP has done other view studies, but she feels this one is unique.

“It attempts to create new relationships with the past, as reflected in the recent installation of the King Kamehameha III statue at Thomas Square. This is not just the addition of a monument, but it is positioned with an outstretched arm to the Hawaiian flag, as well as the winter solstice,” she added. “The ancient Hawaiians used the solstice alignment for agriculture purposes, as well as other religious and ceremonial purposes. We hope to create similar strategies and principles on a regional scale.”

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