Below is a proposal for a riverwalk and gazebo area for the Fort DeRussy Beach Park. Because of the presence of an existing vast expanse of grassy area, as well as it is left empty most of the time, this proposal creates more variety of recreational uses out of the existing underused space.
The middle of the grassy area, (GPS: 21°16’55.5″N 157°49’57.2″W) would be a space for solemn events to take place. There would be a gazebo surrounded by flowing fountains, meandering rivers and lush tropical foliage.
A relatively remote place in Waikiki and as an alternative to a stroll on the beach, the area mentioned is meant to be where one can have some quiet time. When night falls, there would be ample areas lit by gas torches which would allow for a safe stroll.
(Note: a place can be made remote, meaning have a very low density of people by limiting places where people can sit and by keeping people moving through an area.)
If one thinks of Waikiki as the “world’s playground,” this proposal will increase the recreational experience of Waikiki and will carve out spaces for ceremonies and enhanced encounters with nature and wildlife.
A Chinese American, Emy Louie (雷慧妮) was born in Hong Kong and raised in Honolulu, Hawai’i. She graduated from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa in 1991 and earned a degree in Architecture.
In 1993, Ms. Louie relocated to the mainland United States and from 2007 to 2012, she hosted her radio show to interview the movers and shakers of sustainable design and green building and taught continuing education classes to design professionals.
She is president of Emy Louie, Consulting Services, which works on design, conservation, and environmental projects. Since 2018, Ms. Louie spends her time in Honolulu and Central America to do environmental field research.