The Honolulu City Council unanimously approved Pacrep LLC’s request to exceed a Waikiki 300-foot building-height limit by 50 feet on Wednesday. 

Council members Ron Menor, Kymberly Pine and Joey Manahan, voted yes, with reservations. 

Neighboring residents have objected to the tower, not only because of its height, but because of its angle, arguing that it should be positioned mauka to makai in compliance with Waikiki Special Design District guidelines.

The project will now go to the city’s Department of Planning and Permitting for review.

Deliberations before the City Council attracted controversy this month when it was revealed that Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Honolulu City Council members had received more than $100,000 in campaign contributions from the developers, their family members and business associates over the past three years. 

Councilman Ikaika Anderson, who received $24,850 in contributions, announced during the Wednesday hearing that he had returned more than $10,000 in donations last week. 

You can read more about the campaign contributions and the development here and here

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Photo: Waikiki (PF Bentley/Civil Beat)

Sophie Cocke