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Information meeting slated for Kaanapali Golf Courses Revitalization Project

By Staff | May 4, 2017

The Kaanapali Golf Courses Revitalization Project is sectioned into five different planning blocks. The State of Hawaii Employees’ Retirement System, which provides benefits to 119,000 members statewide, owns the 305 acres of golf courses at Kaanapali.

KAANAPALI – Lowe Enterprises Investors, project manager for the Kaanapali Golf Course properties owned by the State of Hawaii Employees’ Retirement System, is proposing a project to revitalize the Kaanapali Resort area.

The existing two 18-hole championship courses would be reconfigured to create a 27-hole championship course and a 9-hole par-three course.

The project also includes the addition of commercial space as well as residential, condominium and hotel units.

A public information meeting on the proposed project is scheduled for Wednesday, May 10, at 5:30 p.m. at the West Maui Senior Center at 788 Pauoa St. in Lahaina.

According to Lowe Enterprises Investors, the goal of the project is to address the underutilization of Kaanapali Resort’s golf facilities, which have been in operation since the 1960s, by modernizing the golf holes and repurposing portions of the golf course properties as a revitalized, updated multi-use resort area to accommodate changing visitor preferences.

Construction for the project is scheduled to take place during the 2020-2025 timeframe.

Munekiyo Hiraga, planning consultant for Lowe Enterprises Investors, has prepared an Environmental Impact Statement Preparation Notice (EISPN), which is scheduled for publication in the Office of Environmental Quality Control’s “Environmental Notice” this month.

A 30-day public comment period will follow the publication of the EISPN.

Comments received at the public information meeting will also be considered in the preparation of the Draft EIS.

In addition to reconfiguring the existing 36-hole course and constructing a new clubhouse, selected areas would be utilized for new and updated lodging, shopping, dining and recreational facilities.

Redevelopment is partitioned into five different planning blocks located on both the makai and mauka sides of Honoapiilani Highway. ?

Plans for Area 1 call for 48-unit ocean view resort condominiums; eight-unit beachfront condominiums; a new oceanfront beach club and public signature restaurant, and replacing the Maui Eldorado beach cabana to open up the view corridor; and conversion of existing golf holes into two par-three holes with extensive landscaped area and waterscape.

In Area 2, a 136-room boutique hotel, 80,000-square-foot retail parcel and community park with quarter-mile loop fitness trail system are proposed.

Work in Area 3 includes a family restaurant with outdoor sports amenities and?nine-hole, par-three golf facility.

Area 4 would house multi- or single?family ocean view residences.

Plans for Area 5 call for a potential new golf clubhouse location and renovation of the quarry area into an event site or light industrial space.

Community benefits of the project, according to Lowe Enterprises Investors, include sustaining the island’s economy by keeping Kaanapali competitive as a world-class destination; creating construction jobs and permanent jobs in retail, restaurant and hospitality operations; and generating increased tax revenues.