Is Kapolei A Mistake?

The 1977 decision to transform fields of sugar cane in West Oahu into a new city known as Kapolei is one of Honolulu’s most significant planning decisions.

Nearly $11 billion has been spent on major infrastructure, commercial and industrial improvements in the Kapolei region over the last 10 years, and billions more are expected.

But some urban planners now think that starting a community from scratch miles away from downtown Honolulu was a bad idea.

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