LIHU’E — The Kaua’i Planning Commission deferred action yesterday on requests
for permits from the Marriott Corporation to convert the Waiohai Hotel into a
time share development.
Representing the Marriott, Kaua’i attorney Max
Graham asked for the deferral because a majority of the company executives were
not able to attend the meeting.
The Commission has scheduled a June 22 to
take up the permit requests.
The project calls for the construction of
seven timeshare buildings, ranging from two to four stories, an operations
building, an underground parking lot, a restaurant, a pool, pathways and the
renovation of a two-story parking lot.
Representatives for the 333-unit
Kiahuna Plantation condominium, which is located next to the old hotel, have
voiced opposition to Marriott’s proposal to build the two-phase project over 5
The Kiahuna interests say the lengthy buildout will affect the
quality of the condo project.
Marriott officials have said staggered
construction will enhance the marketability of their project.
initially proposed to build out its project over nearly 7 years, but shorten
the buildout time to 5 years partly in attempt to reach a compromise with
Kiahuna Plantation interests.
The Marriott’s proposed 5
year-reconstruction calls for:
* Securing of permits, development of plans
and designs and preparation work, including demolition of the old hotel, during
the first 12 months.
* Construction of the first phase over 18
* A break in the work for 12 months.
* Construction of the
second and final phase over 18 months.
Kiahuna Plantation also has concerns
the new buildings that would go up over the old Waiohai structures would
interfere with the views of some condo owners.
Marriott has suggested
repositioning the some of the buildings to protect the views.