HHF at 40 Years: The 80s

April 13, 2020


Nancy Nishikawa, Former HHF Planner (’84)
I was indeed the first employee to join the Fab 4 😊 Back in the day, the office was located in Waikiki in what was the Bank of Hawaii Building on Kalakaua Avenue (sorry I don’t remember the street address). Views from inside the building were (and probably still are) spectacular with windows framed by concrete arches.  I still recall the feeling of disconnect when I’d put down serious planning work to go out to lunch and find myself mingling with people in beachwear and smelling of coconut oil.  Not the typical corporate work environment, but never dull. 

HHVH&K was in the same building as WATG whose offices were separate and had an exotic artsy vibe.  Especially magical was a loft space occupied by WATG’s talented modelmaker.  He’d be surrounded by tiny palms and cabanas and water features.  Best of all, he didn’t seem to mind people wandering in to check out what he was up to.  I think all of us at HHVH&K would escape to his little world now and then.

Navy planning work began soon after I joined the company.  On one of the early overseas trips, we went “high tech” and brought two transportable computers.  They were big and heavy—maybe 30 pounds—and I still don’t know how we managed to bring them onboard as carry-ons because those steel boxes certainly didn’t fit under the seat.  I don’t remember taking transportables again; we took the magic markers.

Tom Fee, President (’85)
Seems like yesterday.  I think the picture was taken in Mark’s office – he gave me a corner of his credenza to park my state-of-the-art Compaq Portable computer on (small green screen – in a box the size of a sewing machine case).  The partners all had voice recorders that Vickie would type from using headphones and her IBM Selectric – with a correction key!!!  We were pretty closely aligned with WATG at the time – lots of socializing and shared projects – and as Nancy noted – really a creative vibe with endless Waikiki lunch options.  We moved to our current Downtown location in 1986 so the one or two years in Waikiki really left an impression on me.

Leslie Kurisaki, Associate (’86)
When I started at HHVH&K in summer 1986, there were 4 partners (Helber, Hastert, Van Horn and Kimura) and I think only 4 planners–Nancy, Tom, Kevin, and Linda (who left shortly after). Vicki was the receptionist and Lori was our graphic artist.

Project Memory: A couple months after I started work, I was thrown into the fire and sent to Yokosuka Japan for 4 weeks with Glenn and Nancy. The project was the Yokosuka Naval Complex Master Plan. It was extra stressful for me since I was still adjusting to moving back to Hawaii (after living in CA for last 9 yrs), was not familiar with military work, and was totally clueless about all the Navy acronyms and jargon.

The “master plan”  we prepared was hand drawn by Glenn (with assistance from Lori who came for the last 2 weeks) on a huge base map that covered the entire wall. Nancy and I lugged around multiple three-ring binders of reference material (no laptops). The best memories from the trip had to be the food at Yokosuka. No matter how busy, we always made time to eat dinner at the local restaurants. An unforgettable memory at one tiny restaurant was when I walked into the restroom and encountered a Japanese man doing his business at a urinal. The restrooms were unisex—which I totally didn’t expect. Although I was startled, the man at the urinal didn’t flinch as I hurried past him to the stall, trying to avert my eyes. 😊

HOT in the 80s

Memorable WorkHow We Worked in the 80sAround Downtown
Honolulu Waterfront Master Plan, O‘ahu,
Whitmore Village Master Plan, Wahiawā, O‘ahu
Kahuku Town Master Plan, Kahuku, O‘ahu
Waialua District Master Plan, Waialua, O‘ahu
Kapolei Village Master Plan, ‘Ewa, O‘ahu
West Loch Estates Master Plan, ‘Ewa, O‘ahu
Mililani-Mauka Residential Community Master Plan and EIS, O‘ahu
Central O‘ahu/North Shore Regional Plan, O‘ahu
Malakole Industrial Subdivision Site Plan, ‘Ewa, O‘ahu
Pearl Harbor Naval Complex Capital Improvement Plan, O‘ahu
‘O‘oma Resort Master Plan, North Kona, Hawai‘i Island
Awake‘e Resort Master Plan, North Kona, Hawai‘i Island
Kohanaiki Resort Community Master Plan, North Kona, Hawai‘ Island
Kapolei Area Long Range Master Plan, ‘Ewa, O‘ahu
Desaru International Resort, Johor, Malaysia

Hawai‘i Ocean Science and Technology (HOST) Park Master Plan, North Kona, Hawai‘i Island
Puakō Mauka Master Plan, North Kona, Hawai‘i Island
Kapolei City EA, EIS, LUC, DP & Zoning Applications, ‘Ewa, O‘ahu
Kona Industrial Subdivision EA & EIS, North Kona, Hawai‘i Island
Amfac Entertainment Attraction EIS and DP Application, ‘Ewa, O‘ahu
Mililani-Mauka EIS, LUC and DP Amendment, Central O‘ahu
Malakole Industrial Subdivision EA, DP, Zoning and SMP Applications,
‘Ewa, O‘ahu
Pioneer Inn EA and SMP Application, Lahaina, Maui
‘O‘oma Resort EA & GP Amendment Application, North Kona, Hawai‘i
Awake‘e Resort EA & GP Amendment Application, Kona, Hawai‘i Island
Kaka‘ako Community Development District Plan, Draft SEIS,
Kohanaiki Resort Community EA & GP Amendment, EIS, LUC, Zoning
and SMP, North Kona, Hawai‘i Island
Kapolei Area Long Range Master Plan Report, ‘Ewa, O‘ahu

Resort Due Diligence Investigation, South Kohala, Hawai‘i Island
Comprehensive Public Access Plan, Kohanaiki Resort, North Kona,
Hawai‘i Island
Kaka‘ako Makai Area Phasing/Relocation Strategy, O‘ahu
Waialua Plantation Plan, Waialua, O‘ahu
Waialua Golf Course Market Study, Waialua, O‘ahu
Resort Site Assessment Study, Mo‘orea, French Polynesia
Johnson Atoll Base Beautification Plan

Retirement Community Market Study, Mililani, O‘ahu
Drafting Boards
Rapidograph Markers
Wang Computers
5″ Floppy Disks
Kroy Machines (pre-AutoCAD)
Carousel Slide Projectors
Ammonia Blueprint Machines
Big Hair
Mu‘umu‘u Fridays
Pantyhose EVERYDAY
Inside-Out Reyn’s Spooner’s Shirts

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