Developer unveils Wailea Ike hotel proposal to panel

Urban Design Review Board was unanimous in its recommendation to advance the project

R.D. Olson Investments II LLC is seeking a special management area use permit to build a 110-unit hotel in Wailea. The project is headed to the Maui Planning Commission after the Urban Design Review Board recommended approval of its design Tuesday. Axis Gfa graphic

R.D. Olson Investments II LLC is seeking a special management area use permit to build a 110-unit hotel in Wailea. The project is headed to the Maui Planning Commission after the Urban Design Review Board recommended approval of its design Tuesday. Axis Gfa graphic

WAILUKU — The California developer behind the Courtyard by Marriott in Kahului and the Residence Inn by Marriott in Wailea is proposing a new 110-unit hotel in Wailea.

R.D. Olson Investments II LLC is requesting a special management area use permit to construct Hotel Ike Wailea on a 3-acre lot at the corner of Wailea Ike Place and Wailea Ike Drive, adjacent to the Residence Inn.

On Tuesday, the Urban Design Review Board gave the project’s design a unanimous recommendation for approval. Vice Chairman David Sereda recused himself from voting because he said he worked on the project with Chris Hart & Partners. The project now heads to the Maui Planning Commission.

The four-story Hotel Ike would encompass two buildings and would feature an outdoor pool and spa, a fitness center, business center, lounge and 85 onsite parking stalls.

Anthony Wrzosek, vice president of planning and development for R.D. Olson, said Tuesday that the success of the Courtyard by Marriott, which opened near the Kahului Airport in June 2012, and the Residence Inn, which opened in September 2016, spurred the latest project.

“We believe there is still a demand for a hotel that complements the Residence Inn,” Wrzosek said. “The Residence Inn is more family oriented. The new hotel, which is slightly smaller, will be more couples oriented.”

For example, Hotel Ike would not feature kitchens in its rooms as the Residence Inn does, he explained.

Wrzosek said the goal is to start construction by next summer, though it all depends on how the permitting process goes.

Building the hotel would require moving an onsite well that has an easement and is owned by the nearby golf course. R.D. Olson wants to move the well to a northwest portion of the property near the parking lot.

“We’re in the final phase of negotiation, but the proposed relocation area so far looks good for both parties,” Wrzosek said.

Suggestions from the Urban Design Review Board Tuesday included using darker paint tones to allow the building to blend in better, adding Hawaiian-style architecture, improving the buildings facing Wailea Ike Drive and easing the hotel’s visual impact.

The Wailea Community Association also has suggested looking more into the visual impact, improving the narrow main entrance and putting in a crosswalk, Wrzosek said. In response, project designers have increased the setback from the road, widened the entrance and proposed a crosswalk on Wailea Ike Drive. The project also calls for a 6-foot-wide sidewalk that would connect to an existing sidewalk along Wailea Ike Drive.

Board members also had traffic concerns. County planner Candace Thackerson said a traffic analysis report will be prepared as part of the special management area use permit review process.

* Colleen Uechi can be reached at cuechi@mauinews.com.

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