Preserving the rural lifestyle
And keeping our countryside green for future generations
Park maintenance is a key to keeping Oahu green. In order to keep things this way we need to have an efficient, hands-on management system. We also need to create a partnership between the city and private landscape architects to effectively enhance the beauty and functionality of our parks. Other improvements I would make include:
- Creating smaller “pocket parks” that dot our urban core is one way to provide rest and recreation for urban families and help bring people together within their communities.
- We should preserve and enhance the few remaining agricultural parcels in our urban core, so that our residents have the opportunity to visit these places, purchase fresh vegetables and plants, or simply touch, smell and see what is growing. As mayor, I will work directly with the State Department of Agriculture to ensure that we keep agriculture viable on Oahu. I will also explore creating an Office of Agriculture that will report directly to the mayor.
- Honolulu needs an indisputable Green Buffer Zone, limited only to agricultural development. On the inside of the buffer, use of undeveloped parcels will be allowed and there will be a greater focus on vertical urban development. Without such a buffer zone urban sprawl will continue and more agriculture lands will be rezoned.