VOICES: Please, help stop Hokua Place

We can stop the 760-house development, Hokua Place, behind the Kapa‘a Middle School. If you love Kaua‘i, please testify and get this out on email and social media to your friends.

For those who want to testify, either on Zoom or email, about Hokua Place on Wednesday and Thursday, March 10 or 11, please read below. This is the final hearing for Hokua Place that, if passed by the LUC (state Land Use Commission), would change the zoning from agriculture to urban.

Following are the registration links for the March 10 (prefered for public testimony) and March 11 hearing dates for the LUC Zoom Webinar hearings on A11-791 HG Joint Venture LLC (Hokua Place).

Anyone interested in attending the hearing or providing testimony will need to register for the meetings using the links below. After registering, you will be sent a meeting link to be used to enter the meeting. We recommend if anyone has questions about using Zoom, they visit the Zoom website, where they have a number of easy-to-understand videos and explanations on how to use the features with either a computer or phone.

Also, we encourage anyone planning to provide testimony to submit a copy to the commission via our website at least 48 hours prior to the hearing so we can post it to our website. Otherwise, there is no guarantee the testimony will be received in time if submitted closer to the hearing date. The LUC meetings start at 9 a.m.

• Land Use Commission website: dbedt.luc.web@hawaii.gov;

• March 10 registration link: us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ch2t6gjaRAeY_zBBXkedYw;

• March 11 registration link: us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fgV4tXKyRYS6fHM_Y5ELHw.

Here are some points for use to testify on March 10 or 11. The 10th is prefered. Please do not copy. Rather, write your testimony in your own words with your own experiences:

1) Lack of water availability is far-reaching in the Kapa‘a area. Hokua Place developers dug a well, which failed to provide water. It’s not clear whether the county can provide water to this huge, 760-house development. A water permit hasn’t been issued to Hokua Place by the county Department of Water. There are several lots in Kapa‘a that can’t get permits, e.g., Waipouli Road;

2) The unbearable traffic in pre-COVID-19 time will soon return with an increase in tourism. An outdated traffic study done by the state is not valid. Hokua Place at full capacity would bring about 1,300 additional vehicles to the bypass, the roundabout and downtown Kapa‘a;

3) Aging infrastructure: Besides bursting sewage covers on Kuhio Highway blowing off and contaminating the Wailua River and ocean, two floods were recently created by logs and sand blocking water passage under the Wailua bridge. It’s no wonder, since the sewer design standards used by the county Department of Public Works were based on 1973 and 2008 references. The Wailua Wastewater Treatment Plant will have to be moved inland at some point due to rising sea levels;

4) Affordable? Not really! It’s likely that owners of condos at Hokua Place will have to pay a sizable maintenance fee each month, from $800 to $1,100. That fee is ongoing, unless you sell it;

5) There’s a lack of teachers in the Kapa‘a schools, which are already at or nearing capacity;

6) Food on Kaua‘i: 90% is imported. That’s why we have to keep a stash of food and water at home, in case of a hurricane or other disaster. HP land is zoned agriculture. A better use would be to grow food, rather than houses;

7) The county DPW Wastewater Management Division hasn’t given Hokua Placle a permit to hook up to the Wastewater Treatment Plant in Wailua. The county is unaware of how much flow will be produced by Hokua Place and whether the existing sewer system has enough capacity to accommodate this flow.

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Gabriela Taylor is a resident of Kapa‘a.

24 Comments
  1. Kip Goodwin March 8, 2021 8:52 am Reply

    There would be more dwelling units in this development than there are in Princeville.


  2. nothings free March 8, 2021 9:03 am Reply

    Gabriela, you are a treasure for Kauai, and your concern for the Island and it’s people is wonderful. Thank you! However, over the years the anti development concerns for Kauai have led to a shortage of housing for our local residents and families. For the good of all, supply and demand are a balance that needs to be met. Right now, the balance is causing homelessness, families being torn apart because our children can’t find affordable housing, and so much more. Hokua is the best large scale project that’s come along in many years that is positioned to correct a portion of the balance without destroying our wonderful view plane that everyone in the world wants to experience. A major part of me does not want large scale developments for Kauai. At the same time, balance needs to be met for our own sake.


    1. james March 9, 2021 6:58 am Reply

      I think you hit the nail on the head when you mentioned a key component of our capitalistic system which is supply and demand. Also know as the free market. Housing prices regulate themselves based on supply and demand. The cold, hard truth is that not everyone can afford to buy or rent here on Kauai, just like San Francisco, New York City, Tokyo, Santa Barbara, and countless other high priced areas around the world. Just because someone wants their children to be able to afford to stay on Kauai, doesn’t mean that they should be able to or be given some special consideration in a free market, unfortunately. Unless we move to a more socialistic system where the government steps in to provide housing paid for by we taxpayers, it will remain the case that not everyone who wants to live on Kauai will be able to afford to live here. Do we really want to pay extra taxes so that those who want to move here or want to continue live here but can’t afford to do so?


  3. Doug March 8, 2021 10:10 am Reply

    I have been sending emails to these hearing every time they occur, and I wish you well on stopping this project. ALL of your points are valid, but the gridlock that this will install in Kapa’a will be like nothing you have ever seen on this island. At the height of tourist season traffic is horrendous, just think of another 1300 cars on the road. During the height of tourist season, not only is the highway backed up but the bypass road backs up a couple of miles too, get ready for much worse. No more using the back way through the Homesteads either, they will figure it out and those roads will gridlock too. This state never listens to it’s citizens, and always bends over backwards for tourists, so play up the tourist angle too……….do tourists really want to vacation here with the same gridlock they experience at home???


  4. Joe Public March 8, 2021 11:44 am Reply

    Why not? with all of the families that are homeless, being out priced by Mainland and foreign investors, why not make it to insure local residents are the only ones qualified to purchase/rent and make it a stipulation for 20 years.

    We need more homes, just cause you have a roof, others require it too….and I do have a roof.


  5. Doug March 8, 2021 11:57 am Reply

    Found this to make it easier:

    Please Submit Testimony in OPPOSITION to HoKua Place!

    DEADLINE FOR TESTIMONY is TUESDAY MARCH 9th by 9:00am

    Email Testimony to the Hawaiʻi Land Use Commission at dbedt.luc.web@hawaii.gov

    Subject: HoKua Place, LUC Docket No. A11-791/HG


    1. Petrina Blakely March 9, 2021 8:40 am Reply

      Thank you I sent my email in


  6. Jkh March 8, 2021 12:02 pm Reply

    A 760 unit housing project is great for Kauai and will reduce rents throughout the Kapaa area. This is a good thing.

    Can’t complain about high rent and then deny inventory.


    1. nobody March 8, 2021 6:02 pm Reply

      I agree.

      I would encourage some smaller, more affordable units. A starter home. That’s what’s really needed.


    2. Wailua Boi March 8, 2021 7:57 pm Reply

      Kauai needs affordable, dense housing. This project can be Kauai’s project if we work together to support it and make our voices heard.
      There’s been a lot of misinformation circulating about this project, it seems very few people have read the EIS. Some key points:
      The updated TRAFFIC study shows that the alternative routes hokua place will provide will improve traffic a letter grade in the states ratings.
      The well works, it is an artesian well that can supply WATER to more than just that community.
      This is a green, SUSTAINABLE project. There’s already 1.8 megawatts of solar on site, more than the needs of the planned community.
      The developers have insisted that this will be AFFORDABLE, they’re trying to build many houses instead of mansions to keep prices down.
      The bulk of the land hokua place will sit on is not ideal for crops (its rated D), houses for our friends and families are a far better use.
      Additionally large areas near the streams are reserved for AG use, take a look at the maps.
      Don’t believe me, here is the link to the Environmental Impact Study, reviewed and approved by 21 different state departments.

      http://oeqc2.doh.hawaii.gov/EA_EIS_Library/2019-11-23-KA-FEIS-HoKua-Place-Vol-I.pdf
      2. http://oeqc2.doh.hawaii.gov/EA_EIS_Library/2019-11-23-KA-FEIS-HoKua-Place-Vol-II-A.pdf
      3. http://oeqc2.doh.hawaii.gov/EA_EIS_Library/2019-11-23-KA-FEIS-HoKua-Place-Vol-II-B.pdf
      4. http://oeqc2.doh.hawaii.gov/EA_EIS_Library/2019-11-23-KA-FEIS-HoKua-Place-Vol-II-C.pdf


  7. kauaidoug March 8, 2021 1:11 pm Reply

    And what is your website for posting testimony? All I see is the land use commission? You have done a good job here and want to voice my support but where? I don’t want to zoom. Just submit testimony through your website?


  8. RG DeSoto March 8, 2021 3:26 pm Reply

    …as she writes from the comfort of her trust-funded property & with no real stake in the housing shortage plaguing so many of Kauai’s people.
    RG DeSoto


    1. Curious March 9, 2021 3:36 pm Reply

      Please provide your bona fides for writing the reply!


  9. nobody March 8, 2021 6:11 pm Reply

    Federal law mandates newcomers with money can still move to Kauai and purchase property. The only thing that can change that is if Hawaii becomes a sovereign nation. I don’t see that happening. If we keep having kids we need a place for them.


  10. Greg March 8, 2021 8:02 pm Reply

    Kauai needs this housing. 683 townhouses and affordable houses will definitely provide lower priced housing options.
    Of course the developer will have to work with the county to require housing be sold to Kauai residents first.
    If this approval doesn’t go through the next most likely option they will have is to build agricultural gentlemen’s estates.
    The first step in creating affordable housing is to allow houses to be built.
    PS “THE WELL” produces at least 550 gallons a minute. Hokua will provide for it’s own water and fill the Stables Camp tank which will help Waipouli.


    1. james March 9, 2021 7:02 am Reply

      Please explain to me how the County or the developer can legally sell these proposed home to “residents” of Kauai instead of other Americans who want to buy them? I don’t think that is legally possible.


  11. KerriP March 8, 2021 10:21 pm Reply

    We all are being fed trash with this call to build more for our Keiki. The developers and esp Grove Farm dont care anymore.
    The ‘affordable housing’ BS has been happening all over the country for a decade and IT NEVER Makes a difference in terms of affordability. It’s not actually affordable but that name must be used to get the county to sign off.
    It just makes the traffic horrible.
    Do you really want to see 700 lousy condo units?

    STOP ALLOWING HUGE DEVELOPERS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR ISLAND –
    – Please note that a number of people commenting here in favor of the project are paid shills, work for developer/VisionaryLLC /Hokua Place


    1. Doug March 9, 2021 10:16 am Reply

      Apparently, it is legal. They already did this back in 2018 with the new development in Hanamaulu. The developer was required to offer units to residents first, then in 6 months if they were not sold they could be sold to off islanders. Problem was the houses were going in the $500,000 – $600,000 range, out of reach of most residents.


  12. ...so, lemmie see.... March 9, 2021 8:54 am Reply

    As of now, we have a few beach parks evicting the homeless, and closing for much needed maintenance, and you’re asking Kauai residents to join in and “save” Kauai?? This development is sorely needed to replenish the islands real estate stocks. Your excuses for objecting to this development are weak and best, and dishonest at worst! How can you possibly justify delaying this development further when the need is so great! More NIMBY propaganda, sounds like to me.


  13. YuCalJoe March 9, 2021 5:16 pm Reply

    As a regular visitor to Kauai, I’ve seen the development over the past three decades. When will Kauai’s government evaluate the available resources it has (water, waste collection and treatment, traffic, etc.) and establish “No More” limits based on the island’s inability to sustain such growth. And socialism is never the answer unless you are lazy and want government to be your parents because you are a failure in making sound decisions. Save Kauai from development, or watch the island die.


  14. Scott Batson March 10, 2021 5:36 am Reply

    Considering the water and sewer issues, what are the rules for on-site treatment or composting toilets to reduce treatment loading?

    Single-lane modern roundabouts (50-120 feet in diameter) can handle intersections that serve up to 20,000 vehicles per day with peak-hour flows between 2,000 and 2,500 vehicles per hour.


  15. No HOA March 14, 2021 9:19 pm Reply

    Would be great if an affordable development was built and did not have HOA. hoa’s are garbage.


  16. fishpopqy839 May 20, 2021 10:27 pm Reply

    Hello. And Bye.


  17. fishmulhz946 May 22, 2021 4:13 pm Reply

    Hello. And Bye.


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