It looks like there could be a bidding war between former state Sen. D.G. “Andy” Anderson and Kamehameha Schools for 3.5 city-owned acres near Haleiwa Beach Park on the North Shore.

Last week, Honolulu Budget and Fiscal Services Director Mike Hansen outlined a plan to unload the property, which was bought in the 1970s as part of a never-realized plan to build a regional park in Haleiwa.

Hansen told the Honolulu City Council in a June 13 memo that he wants to have a sealed-bid auction between the adjacent property owners, in this case Anderson and Kamehameha Schools. The starting price would be $300,000.

There’s been some community consternation about who would get the property. Anderson has proposed building an 80-room hotel there, an idea that generated community protests.

Kamehameha Schools, on the other hand would want to use the land as a school bus parking and drop-off site next to Loko Ea Fishpond.

The auction plan has yet to be approved. But on Friday, Honolulu City Council Chairman Ernie Martin floated a resolution that would allow the sale of the land.

—Nick Grube

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