Hotel expansion meeting set

KAPAA — The Wailua-Kapaa Neighborhood Association will host guest speaker Joseph Figaroa, manager of the Hotel Coral Reef. The meeting will be held 2 p.m. June 27 at the Kapaa Library and the presentation is free and open to the public.

Hotel Coral Reef is seeking permits from the state and county to construct a third floor on the existing two-story, 16-room oceanfront building. Referred to as a “revitalization project,” it would provide six additional units, totaling 22 hotel accommodations.

Figaroa said the hotel “revitalization” will enhance the business environment and “will provide additional guest rooms for visitors and residents to explore what is known as the Royal Coconut Coast.”

The Kapaa Town landmark is on Kuhio Highway next to Moikeha Canal and adjacent to the multi-use path (Ke Ala Hele Makalae). It is across from Kountry Kitchen restaurant and Aloha Lumber.

Rayne Regush, W-KNA chairwoman, said the agenda also will include a Spotlight on History presentation by historian and W-KNA board member Andy Bushnell. Highlights about the history of the immediate area around the Hotel Coral Reef will be discussed and includes cultural features dating back to the 15th century.

“This is a great opportunity for attendees to immerse themselves in the history of Kapaa and more fully appreciate its cultural heritage and character,” Regush said.

The original 10-room hotel was built in 1953 on the site of the old Kapaa Fire Station. It was managed by Mr. and Mrs. Ichiji and Masako Matsumura. In 1966, an oceanfront annex building of 16 guest rooms was constructed on State Lease land previously designated for agricultural use.

When the hotel operation sold in 1985 and again in 2001 to current owner Pixar Development, LLC, the state lease was reassigned. A renovation in 2004 added a swimming pool, sundry shop, lava rock walls and interior upgrades to the guest rooms.

Info: www.wkna.org or Secretary Sid Jackson, 821-2837.

2 to 4 p.m. June 27 at the Kapaa Library.

The Wailua-Kapa‘a Neighborhood Association hosts Joseph Figaroa, hotel manager, presenting plans to add a third story to the oceanfront building on state lease land, if permits are approved. Historian Andy Bushnell will also share highlights on the history of the immediate area which includes cultural features from the 15-17th centuries. Free. Contact Sid Jackson at 821-2837 or visit www.wkna.org.

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