Hanalei Bay Resort responds
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