Don’t be surprised if you see these kinds of signs posted on your drive out to Oahu’s north shore.
“New City…What a Pity. No Development” is pretty self-explanatory. The island is continuously expanding and developing; some are opposed to it, while others support the idea of development. The same could be said for anywhere else in the world.
However, I believe these hand-painted wooden signs are in opposition to several threats of development on the north shore, including Pupukea, Waimea Valley (Park) and Turtle Bay.
The community did save Pupukea Bluffs from offshore corporate hands; however, the battle continues with the other areas proposed for development. Perhaps one of the most heated debates to date includes the Turtle Bay Resort expansion. Supposedly, more than 3,000 rooms will be added to the resort, as well as an additional hotel and homes at nearby Kawela Bay – should the plans move forward.
We will keep you posted on these issues at hand. As of now, the only changes visible to newcomers would be these wooden signs; however, we could potentially see a lot more development in the coming years.
Posted by: Bruce Fisher