The Associated Students of the University of Hawai’i at Windward Community College unanimously passed a resolution last week in opposition to Gov. David Ige's proposed land exchange between the school and the nearby Hawai’i State Hospital.
Under the hospital's current plan, the "historic" Bishop Building on the campus lawn would be demolished to make way for a long-term care facility with 150 beds, according to KITV. But Gov. David Ige's proposed land swap would allow the hospital to construct a long-term care building on the edge of campus property while funding a renovation of Bishop Building.
But for ASUH, the compromise is still too invasive.
Campus senators – who cited a poll that found 96 percent of students aware of the issue opposed the swap – said in the resolution the lawn should stay as is because it's a place for community events, students want to keep the view and the land is needed for a business building. Some students are also concerned for their safety, according to the resolution.
The Kaneohe Neighborhood Board has also voted to support ASUH, according to the resolution.
The Windward CC chapter of ASUH represents about 2,600 part and full-time students, according to the document.