Doesn’t matter to me what your position is on the Woodland Center development. My feelings and opinions are conflicted anyway. At this juncture not much will surprise or offend me.
When I decided to write about this I cleared my mind then furiously made a list of every angle I wanted to cover. Then I had an epiphany and asked a fundamental question: Who the hell cares about my opinion anyway?
Then another epiphany: collectively our opinions matter. Sort of. Most of the time. Hopefully…
I’m not one to simply bash something then move on without any ideas on how to improve. My intent in covering this topic is to strike a balance between critical analysis and productive optimism. With that in mind, I thought that a more productive approach would be to encourage others to look at the Colonel and King through the “Pono Prism” and (hopefully) tell me what you come up with–other than mediocre food.
I have some opinions that I’m happy to share at a future date, but for now I’m interested in hearing how others see it.
To the multitudes who are too shy to post, I only ask that you be honest with yourself.
To those who are kind enough to play the game and post here: same request.
So here’s a chance for my readers–all two of you–to tell me how the Woodland Center development looks through the Pono Prism. The 5 key pono questions are:
1) How does the activity make Hawaii a better place?
2) How does the activity create opportunities for prosperity for all segments of the community?
3) How does the activity help connect the community’s past to its future?
4) How does the activity bring dignity to the community and the people who live around it?
5) How does the activity insure that the people who live in and around it can continue to live there?
I look forward to hearing your opinions.
Final comment: in the future it would behoove all of us to start asking these questions well in advance of any developments planned in our communities. Consider this our practice run.
Copyright © Tim Sullivan 2009