Way cool !!! A smart building. We were walking through the entrance of the Campbell Estate Building in Kapolei on Oahu, Hawaii and we were told that the building did some neat things.
Our interviews are with Nadine Lagaso, Henry Eng and Gordon Bruce. Mrs.Lagaso gave us a tour of the building. The first stop was the History Room where they had some history of Mr.Cambell and what he was famous for.This is what we learned in the History room: James Campbell lived between the years 1826 and 1900. At the age of 13, he left his family in Ireland and stowed aboard a ship. He sailed around the world for 10 years as he worked as a sailor. After sailing to Hawaii, he came to like Maui and there worked as a carpenter. Later, after saving up his money, he purchased land and formed Pioneer Sugar Company, reinvesting his profits by acquiring more land.
Today, Campell Estate owns properties on Maui, the Big Island and Oahu (primarily in Kahuku and Kapolei). At the time Campbell purchased the land in now Kapolei, it was not considered valuable property. However, it was in 1879 after having contracted a digging company to drill for water that they discovered there was an aquifer below his property and that major discovery is what made the land so desirable and valuable.
Here comes the really cool part as soon as were done we went to the theater room which we couldn't find out what room we were in till the lights went out and a video played. It was an introduction tape.
The planning for the city in Kapolei actually began in 1955. Planners had meant it to be an "integrated" city. Its long-range master plan tried to incorporate all the various components of a city which included allowances for areas designated residential, business, government, recreation, agriculture, military, preservation/conservation, public facilties and parks.
In 1977, the Honolulu City Council designated Kapolei as Hawaii's Second City and actually the reasoning for designating a second city was that otherwise traffic would remain a growing problem. The need for a second urban center was a great need.
After the tape a door unfolded and it opened up to a room were we met Mr.Eng he told us in order for things to happen the four factors crucial to its success include
City Planning involves a team approach and collaborative effort that allows for growth because everything you do has consequences!
Then we sat in the spacious Trustees Office. Gordon Bruce is a neat guy. He talks about things that kids talk about in school. Well anyway, the info we collected from him was he told us his excitement over the telecommunications set-up in Kapolei. Satellite transmissions and fiber optics allow businesses to connect around the world and share information at quicker speeds and ease.
Mr. Bruce explained how because Hawaii is the middle location between Asia and Europe, it is an ideal base for businesses. Also, because of our ethnic meld here, Hawaii can also identify with the various cultures much more easily than other places.
Mr. Bruce shared his opinion about what important discoveries have had an influence on technology today which were very interesting. He thought the earliest discovery that's made an impact was the realization that communication could take place. The second, probably was the telephone and development of using traveling light to transport data and information (fiber optics). He cited that GTE says that now more data is processed than phone calls. Mr. Bruce concluded our interview by sharing his vision for the future that telemedicine would become more widespread, which is a good thing because then physicians could work together more easily from distant places, and research/laboratory work could take place and be reported in a more timely manner.