• Be wary of over development • Give credit where it is due • Rich and famous buying up Kauai
Be wary of over development
Why would someone from Thailand want to build a resort on Kauai?
Thailand has the same climate, with mountains and the ocean. However, Kauai hasn’t been ruined by over development, population, crime, pollution and political unrest. Maybe that’s why. Maybe we should take a lesson from Thailand instead of letting the same thing happen here.
I believe a lot of letters to The Garden Island show the same fears. The belief is that Pierre and Chanchai are going to help ruin the place.
So three things that can be done are to pray for Kauai; write letters to your congressmen and women; and get some environmentalist billionaire to help save the island. Maybe even the president? Thanks to the Garden Island news for printing these letters of frustration.
Give credit where it is due
Friday’s article “Private Prince” credits The Resort Group for the major renovations made in Princeville’s Phase I. This is inaccurate. Immediately, upon the purchase of the Princeville Corporation’s assets, TRG began selling off the parts in Phase I. The purchasers of these properties are the ones who made the renovations. The Westin built the Westin.
The extensive renovations to the St. Regis Princeville and the Makai Golf Course were made by LACERA (Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association) and the facelift to the Princeville Shopping Center was made by Honu Group and its financial partner. To Jeff Stone’s credit, he understood the value of the Princeville’s assets, and sold off all the Phase I parts at an attractive profit, but it was the new owners that deserve credit for all the improvements.
The Resort Group does not own any property in Phase I with the exception of a few poorly maintained road segments. Phase I is managed by the Princeville at Hanalei Community Association which is owned by all its members including the hotels, timeshares, condominium complexes and individual homeowners. We are proud of all the improvements our members have made to their properties.
We welcome the Resort Group’s sharing of their current vision for Princeville Phase II and look forward to a healthy discussion on its impacts on Kauai’s North Shore as the details are released through Kauai County’s planning process.
Princeville at Hanalei Community Association
Rich and famous buying up Kauai
Larry Ellison buys Lanai. Pierre Omidyar, Steve Case, and Chanchai Ruayrungruang own giant pieces of Kauai. The latter purportedly is now seeking to privatize a large portion of the North Shore for the exclusive use of 350 owners who will serve as “stewards of the land.” Will Discovery Land Company, whose motto might be “Preserving America for the Very Rich,” incorporate a private sewage treatment plant into this development; or will they add to the 14,000 cesspools already polluting Kauai’s waters, or further overburden the existing system?
These three — these fortunate, talented, and innovative three — have an opportunity to preserve the natural beauty of the Garden Island for all Hawaiians, for all Americans, and for all the world. Donate these lands for use as a state or national park. That would be a far more appropriate legacy for business genius philanthropists than a herd of cattle, another resort, or a private enclave for the super rich.
Suzan Kelsey Brooks
West Des Moines, Iowa