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Princeville to update entry, repave roads

PRINCEVILLE — The entrance to the Princeville at Hanalei resort community will get a new Hawaiian landscaped feature as well as rebuilt roads under projects announced by Princeville Development Company’s president and CEO, Jeff Stone.

Stone’s firm, The Resort Group, which operates Princeville Development, has stepped forward to bring Princeville’s main entrance, at Ka Haku Road and Kuhio Highway, into the 21st century, while honoring the history of the Hanalei area.

“The entrance to Princeville should reflect the feeling of the Kauai community. Many residents have suggested a more Hawaiian entrance design, and we agree,” said Jeff Stone, master developer of the Princeville Resort.

The dated European look of ponds flanking the Ka Haku Road turn from Kuhio Highway will be replaced by a landscape of curved rock walls, backed by trees that reflect a landscaping theme running throughout the Princeville community.

PBR Hawaii created the new design, which features moss rock walls with extensive new tree plantings, focused on two familiar trees for Princeville at Hanalei — dramatic Norfolk pines and kukui trees.

Construction of the improvements, estimated at about $1 million, is expected to take about three months.

Princeville Development will also support extensive and needed improvements to the roads at the entrance to Princeville. Although these roads are privately owned by the Princeville Association of Apartment Owners, this work is the result of an agreement between Princeville Development and the Princeville II Community Association to make sure the entry roads match the newer interior roads that were completed last year.

Princeville Development will provide the funding, and the association will oversee the roadwork. This will be the last time Princeville Development repairs or resurfaces these roads.

Princeville’s entry roads have long been in need of reconstruction. The roadway repair will cover the entire length of Ka Haku Road from Kuhio Highway to the old treeline. It will also include portions of Emmalani Drive from Ka Haku Road to the speed bump between the library and the Princeville Community Center.

The situation has been contentious in the past.

Nearly two years ago, about 75 residents protested on Ka Haku Road. They said the road was in poor condition, particularly near Wyllie Road, and it was Stone’s responsibility to fix it.

The protest, which included people holding signs, was scheduled on a day Stone was scheduled to stay at the St. Regis Princeville Resort.

At the time, Stone said the property owners should pay for the road maintenance.

Warren Burton, president of Princeville II Community Association, thanked Stone for providing the funding for the repairs to Princeville’s private entrance road and for the planning landscaping.

“Fulfillment of this responsibility demonstrates a level of stewardship and commitment to the community that is much appreciated,” he wrote in a letter to Stone. “This will be remembered as a momentous occasion and our members look forward to a positive, mutually beneficial relationship in the future.”

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