Comments on plans for Kaanapali due June 7

Public comments are due June 7 on an environmental impact statement preparation notice for a project to revamp Kaanapali Resort properties owned by the State of Hawaii Employees Retirement System.

The pension system has retained Lowe Enterprises Investors of Los Angeles to modernize the 305-acre resort, Hawaii’s first master-planned development in the 1960s.

Developers aim to update the property that includes two 18-hole championship golf courses and oceanfront property near Black Rock. They want to make the property more competitive with other resorts in Hawaii.

Plans call for building a 27-hole championship course; a nine-hole, par-3 course; a 136-room boutique hotel; 80,000 square feet of retail space; 56 oceanfront condominiums on 6.1 acres; and 100 to 200 multifamily oceanview residences on 11.1 acres. Other plans foresee building a new beach club and public signature restaurant, and upgrading golf holes and a lagoon. The total project area is 164 acres.

The 119,000-member state pension fund system acquired the Kaanapali property through a foreclosure.

Developers also would build 50 affordable homes under the county’s workforce housing requirements.

The development needs an amendment to the West Maui Community Plan land use map and a change of zoning.

Construction is scheduled between 2020 and 2025.

Public comments should be sent to the Maui Planning Commission; Department of Planning Director William Spence; 2200 Main St., Suite 315; Wailuku 96793. Copies should be sent to Lowe Enterprises Investors; Theodore Lennon, Senior Vice President; 11777 San Vicente Blvd., Suite 900; Los Angeles 90049; and to Munekiyo Hiraga; Gwendolyn Rivera, Senior Associate; 305 High St., Suite 104; Wailuku 96793.


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