Hanalei Bay Re­sort re­sponds

The Garden Island - - Morning Briefing -

The Gar­den Is­land printed a story about Hanalei Bay Re­sort Nov. 8, to which we would like to add some clar­i­fi­ca­tion.

Our project was built, not in 1995 as the story sug­gests, but two decades ear­lier, in 1973-1975, as the Hanalei Beach and Rac­quet Club. It was one of the first projects on the Princeville plateau, and was ap­proved by the Kauai Plan­ning and Traf­fic Com­mis­sion in 1972 — be­fore the county Com­pre­hen­sive Zon­ing Or­di­nance was en­acted. That was the com­mis­sion that pre­ceded the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion.

The two main is­sues raised in the story were about lock­out units and park­ing.

This project was de­signed and ap­proved by mul­ti­ple gov­ern­ment agen­cies with apart­ments that have bed­room and bath com­bi­na­tions with sep­a­rate en­trances and sep­a­rate lanais. The sep­a­rate bed­room and bath are ca­pa­ble of be­ing sep­a­rated or “locked out” from the rest of the apart­ment.

It is our view that while plan­ners may con­sider this a non-com­pli­ant use to­day, it is the use that was ap­proved. This is how it was de­signed, how it was per­mit­ted, how it was built, and how it has func­tioned gen­er­ally very smoothly for about 40 years.

Re­gard­ing park­ing, the ex­ist­ing num­ber of park­ing stalls was per­fectly ad­e­quate un­til re­cently.

The Real Es­tate Com­mis­sion’s con­do­minium re­port in 1975 set our park­ing at 149 stalls. Plan­ners sought more park­ing, and Hanalei Bay Re­sort de­vel­oped about 160 des­ig­nated, paved park­ing stalls, plus nu­mer­ous ad­di­tional un­marked park­ing spa­ces.

While it did not con­tain 249 stalls, which is the num­ber noted in some (but not all) of the county’s records, the ex­ist­ing park­ing ar­range­ment met the re­sort’s needs with­out prob­lems for nearly 40 years, un­til the in­de­pen­dent restau­rant and bar on prop­erty sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased their ca­pac­ity, cre­at­ing new park­ing de­mands.

As the re­sult of dis­cus­sions about the park­ing is­sue, Hanalei Bay Re­sort has stepped up. It has hired ar­chi­tec­tural and en­gi­neer­ing con­sul­tants to iden­tify and de­sign ad­di­tional park­ing on the prop­erty. We also set up a valet ser­vice to as­sist the restau­rant with park­ing for its pa­trons. That ser­vice was ended when the restau­ra­teur that in­creased seat­ing ca­pac­ity de­clined to par­tic­i­pate in its cost.

We are a lit­tle sur­prised that our ven­er­a­ble re­sort is sud­denly sub­jected to crit­i­cism. We have sup­ported this com­mu­nity for four decades. Some of our em­ploy­ees and apart­ment own­ers, from old Hanalei fam­i­lies, have been with us nearly that en­tire time. We con­tinue to op­er­ate as we have for years, with re­spect for the land, the com­mu­nity and the cul­ture. And we will con­tinue to work in good faith to resolve the is­sues raised.

Thanks for this op­por­tu­nity. Greg Veal Gen­eral Man­ager Hanalei Bay Re­sort

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