Presentation about Waiakea Peninsula draws mostly criticism

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald A worker with Unitek Contracting Group organizes materials Tuesday in front of Uncle Billy's Hilo Hotel.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Signs warn against trespassing at the former Uncle Billy's Hilo Bay Hotel. Work to remove asbestos from the hotel site is underway.

A 2016 conceptual plan for the peninsula drafted by the Hawaii County Planning Department. This plan was favored by community members at the time above other, more development-heavy, plans.

K. T. Cannon-Eger points at a map of Waiakea Peninsula on Monday during a meeting at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel.

Hilo is not Florida or New York or New Zealand, agreed Hilo residents during a meeting Monday night about the future of the Waiakea Peninsula.