Honolulu residents are calling on local lawmakers to update a 12-year-old infrastructure plan for Waikiki, the dense beachfront neighborhood where hordes of tourists generate about 10% of Hawaii's gross state product. Over the past three years the city has approved about $1 billion in construction permits for new hotels and condos in Waikiki without adequately addressing the strains on aging roads, sewers and water lines, according to critics. "It's kind of like they're keeping their nose[s] in the books when the world is burning all around them. Waikiki is a tiny speck of land and you've got a huge amount of buildings and everything else crammed in there and we're getting more and more development," said Louis Erteschik of the Waikiki Neighborhood Board.
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