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Kanaha Hotel has another public comment period

Project would build 200-unit hotel near airport, Costco

The proposed Kanaha Hotel at Kahului Airport has another month for public review and comment, as well as a public meeting Thursday, after developers had to resubmit documents over an error in a previous notice.

The California-based R.D. Olson Development project, formerly named the Windward Hotel, would build a 200-room hotel on 5.2 acres near Costco and the Kahului Airport, with construction slated for 2022 and opening in 2024.

New public comments are due by Sept. 8, according the state Office of Environmental Quality Control’s “The Environmental Notice,” published Aug. 8. Previous comments do not need to be resubmitted because the draft environmental impact statement must include comments from all comment periods, the notice said.

Another EIS public scoping meeting will be held via phone and via Zoom from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Participants may join by visiting us02web.zoom.us/j/82910102468? pwd=V2NjV0R3MmdwWHVNWVM3dnpvSVdTQT09.

The meeting will include a presentation by project representatives and a portion for public oral comments. All oral comments will be audio recorded.

A draft EIS for the project was released in October. However, developers had to republish a preparation notice for the EIS in June when it was later determined the state Land Use Commission, and not the Maui Planning Commission, should be the one to review the study.

Due to an error, a second preparation notice had to be published.

While the hotel’s name has changed over time, plans generally remain the same. The hotel will be located near the airport and geared toward business travelers. A shuttle would provide free transportation within a 2-mile radius of the hotel, including pickups and drop-offs to and from the Kahului Airport.

The site is within the Maui Business Park Phase II and is bordered by Haleakala Highway and Airport Access Road. R.D. Olson plans to purchase the hotel site from landowner A&B Properties once the land-use entitlement process is complete.

Before it can move forward, the project site needs to be reclassified from light industrial to hotel, which will require a change in zoning, an amendment to the Wailuku-Kahului Community Plan and an amendment to a 2004 state Land Use Commission decision. The hotel also needs a special management area use permit.

To view the full EIS preparation notice, visit oeqc2.doh.hawaii.gov/Doc_Library/2020-08-08-MA-2nd-EISPN-Kanaha-Hotel-at-Kahului-Airport.pdf.

Comments are due by Sept. 8 and should be sent to the approving agency, the state Land Use Commission, by mail at P.O. Box 2359, Honolulu 96804; by phone at (808) 587-3822; or by email at dbedt.luc.web@hawaii.gov.

The applicant and consultant should also be copied. Applicant R.D. Olson Development can be reached by mail at 520 Newport Center Drive, Suite 600, Newport Beach, CA 92660; by phone at (949) 271-1109; or by email at anthony.wrzosek@rdodevelopment.com.

Consultant Chris Hart & Partners can be reached by mail at 115 N. Market St., Wailuku 96793; by phone at 242-1955; or by email at bdavis@chpmaui.com.

* Kehaulani Cerizo can be reached at kcerizo@mauinews.com.

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