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Proposed 47-acre Makena Resort Development Project

March 1, 2016 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

A proposed 47-acre Makena Resort development project will have its application for an SMA permit heard by the Urban Design Review Board on Tuesday, March 1st at 10am. This project will turn more of Makena into a members-only access, gated community. There will be no affordable homes and no direct benefit to the community. It will put further burden on an already strained infrastructure throughout the Wailea-Makena-Kīhei areas.
Discovery Land Company and its partners claim that the project is small, so an Environmental Assessment is sufficient because their project will have minimal to no impact on the area or its resources.
The truth is that this project is just a small fraction of the larger plans the developers have for the larger 1800 acre holding. As such, a more comprehensive study needs to be done to identify and mitigate all impacts. A FULL Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) needs to be completed. The last EIS done for the Makena area was in 1975! Makena has changed A LOT since then.
Please sign our petition for a FULL EIS and share your mana`o (thoughts/feelings) at the next meeting on this project.

No Less Than a FULL EIS

Petition: Full Environmental Review for Makena Landing

Dear Maui County Planning Commission,

Makena Resort has plans for hundreds of acres of development, yet it has not prepared a “big picture view” of the multiple impacts to reefs, water resources, cultural sites , traffic or scenic views, We the undersigned residents and visitors care about this special place. Please require a full Environmental Impact Statement for the 47 acres of land proposed for 158 units and the surrounding entitled Makena Resort lands. It is what the law requires. Mahalo.


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The Urban Design Review Board (UDRB) is not the deciding entity on whether the project will have to do a more comprehensive EIS or if an EA will be adequate. The UDRB advises the Planning Commission.
HOWEVER, the UDRB DOES have the authority to comment/advise on: Building design (does it minimally impact neighboring properties and the public?), View planes (especially view access to the ocean) and any Special Management or Coastal Zone issues.
Click here to view the complete checklist that the UDRB uses when reviewing SMA permit applications.

Here are some points to consider when sharing your manaʻo with the UDRB on March 1st or when submitting written testimony to

Oh Say CAN You SEE?

Why the 47-Acre Makena Project Will Be More Than an Eyesore

* Public views WILL be affected by the project and its large, densely clustered tall buildings. Ask the UDRB to recommend an “alternative project design” be included in a FULL EIS!

* The area is a VERY culturally important and historic area that needs to be protected and the proposed plan will destroy a majority of the sites (whether discovered or yet-to-be-uncovered), including traditional mauka-makai access and historic roads our kūpuna used. The only areas that will be saved are those that are landscape features; NOT places where cultural practices can continue. There are possibly many more sites that CAN be uncovered, given the technology we have now.

* The Traffic Impact Analysis for the Draft EA only assesses three intersections adjacent to the project, and does not address the REAL traffic/parking impacts of this project on EVERYONE who currently uses Makena Landing/Maluaka Beach, is trying to get to Big Beach, driving to La Perouse, etc. More parking needs to be made available at the Makena Landing area FOR THE PUBLIC.


Malama Oneloa

May 18, 2013 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Save, a project of Maui Tomorrow Foundation, invites visitors and community members to help care for Oneloa (“Big Beach”), at Makena State Park on Saturday, May 18, 2013. The Malama Oneloa morning cleanup will meet at the park’s second entrance parking at 9am.

Volunteers will remove alien plants and clean the beach and wooded areas around a designated area of the park, working in coordination with the Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of State Parks. Cleanup supplies will be provided with volunteers asked to bring work gloves; cold water and watermelon will be served. Save provides a voice for citizens coming together to protect and take care of Makena State Park and the lands of Honua’ula. For further information or to volunteer, please call 214-0147

Wailea 670 Conditions Compliance Review

June 13, 2011 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Monday June 13 1:30pm will be compliance review for Wailea 670’s 30 unilateral conditions of zoning that were adopted by the council in March of 2008.

IF you have written testimony, email it in advance. They will print copies for each member.

Send email comments to:

Maui County Council Planning Committee
Chair: Don Couch

And/Or attend in person at the Council Chambers.