Westside land developer looking for public input

WAIMEA — Kikiaola Land Company is holding a series of small group meetings to

gather public input on its development plans for 600 acres on Kaua’i’s

Westside.

“Rather than making assumptions, we need to hear from people in

the community what they value, what they want to see preserved, what they want

to see changed, and what economic opportunities we might be able to help

provide,” said Linda Fayé Collins, Kikiaola Land Company

president.

“We’re trying to provide economic opportunities for our Westside

residents, while at the same time preserving as much as possible what people

value about the lifestyle here,” she said.

The small-group meetings are

scheduled depending on group availability. Groups or individuals interested in

scheduling meetings with Kikiaola can contact the company’s community affairs

consultant, Evelyn Cook, 822-1781 or 338-1900.

The Waimea Plantation

development master plan involves about 600 acres of Fayé family land

between Waimea and Kekaha.

Major features of the master plan include a

heritage center at the old sugar mill site, which will feature a museum and

marketplace; a golf course and driving range; residential lots; commercial and

retail space; an assisted living center; expansion of Waimea Plantation

Cottages; a Native Hawaiian cultural center; a health club and spa; equestrian

facilities; and more.

“These are the major elements of the plan, but plans

can change, and we are open to ideas that will help preserve the Westside while

allowing us to make the best use of our land,” Collins said.

Response at

the first two meetings was positive, she said, and like future meetings the

first two were deliberately kept small to allow everyone in attendance a chance

to speak.

Because some people are not comfortable speaking in public, the

company is also planning a door-to-door survey of the Waimea area to try to

ensure that all segments of the population are afforded a chance to let their

opinions be known about the project.

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