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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 planning@co.maui.hi.us:

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.

* REMIND THE UDRB THAT DOZENS OF PEOPLE TOOK OFF OF WORK TO ASK THE PLANNING COMMISSION NOT TO SUPPORT THIS PROJECT! ASK FOR NOTHING LESS THAN A FULL NEW EIS!

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Status of Makena Resort August 2015

Makena Resort has been under new ownership since the 2010 bankruptcy of the Dowling partnership. The new owners (ATC Makena) have partnered with Discovery Land, a high end resort developer, to gain permits to close the Makena Resort Hotel and repurpose it into a “members only” spa and resort condos (2014).

The partnership and Discovery Lands are now proposing to continue the “members only theme” and create an exclusive resort neighborhood of around 150 luxury units and a number of commercial units on 47 acres directly across from Makena Landing and Makena Bay.

The proposed project map shows 26 “custom estates” , 20 “canoe cottages” around a pool and clubhouse, 10 single family Transient Vacation Rental units and 14 condo buildings with a total of 86 units in 6 to 8 unit clusters on the steep hillside site.

Previous proposals by Dowling company were for around 40 individual estates on one acre lots on the same land.

Maui Tomorrow is part of a community advisory process with Makena Resort. Maui Tomorrow is concerned about drainage, cultural site and water quality impacts; potable water supply; traffic impacts and loss of the iconic Makena-Ulupalakua Road.

Oneloa Cleanup

Invasive mangrove and thorny non-native palm trees will not be impacting cultural sites or taking over the forest area behind Oneloa Beach thanks to the efforts of volunteers who showed up to “malama Oneloa” (Big Beach) in Makena State park.

Volunteers clean up Oneloa Beach on Maui for Save Makena

Volunteers remove invasive mangrove and hundreds of seed pods before they can take over the forested area mauka of Oneloa Beach.

Mahalo to hardworking volunteers Joseph Allbright, Keith and Charlene Echeverri and Theresa Jensen, all of Kihei. The project was organized by Save Makena, a project of Maui Tomorrow, in cooperation with DLNR and state park staff. If you would like to volunteer for future Malama Oneloa projects email: laluz@maui.net.

 

Thorny, invasive palms are cleared to help protect area around cultural sites.

Thorny, invasive palms are cleared to help protect area around cultural sites.

 

Malama Oneloa

May 18, 2013 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
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Save Makena.org, 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 Makena.org 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

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Annual skimboard competition offers good fun for an even better cause

by Anuhea Yagi writing for Maui Time Weekly
June 09, 2011 | 01:13 PM

Makena Get A Witness
Annual skimboard competition offers good fun for an even better cause

Fourth Annual Save Makena Skim Board Contest
Saturday (June 11), 8am, Oneloa (Big Beach) at Makena State Park; free for spectators

“On the island / We do it island style / From da mountain to da ocean / From da windward to da leeward side.” — Ka’au Crater Boys, “Island Style”

Like battles, friends and noses, skimboarding is all about picking the right wave. With skimboards in hand—i.e. the surfboard’s stouter, skinnier, skeg-less sister—riders stand on the sand several yards from the shore break and await the perfect moment.

Just after the wave breaks, but before it recedes (to maximize their relative speed), skimboarders run toward the surf, thrust their boards onto the wet sand and—with funambulists’ deft—leap-on for a hydroplaning ride into the rest of the oncoming set.

Skimboarding’s history can be traced to the 1920s in California (think adventurous—and maybe slightly bored—Laguna Beach lifeguards plus a pile of plywood). As the sport grew in popularity, the technique evolved as well. And those who’ve earned mad skills can then show off their amphibious acrobatics, carving and catching air off the coiling crests.

Organizations like the Hawaii Amateur Skimboarding League (HASL) aim to further the sport by encouraging members to make the step to sponsorship and professional competition; and local businesses like Maui Skimmers—a board manufacturer with a quarter-century tenure—not only outfit enthusiasts, but help give the local scene clout.

So it makes sense that both the HASL and Maui Skimmers are key sponsors of the Valley Isle’s own competitive installation, the ‘ohana-friendly, all-ages Save Makena Skim Board Contest—which this year marks its fourth installment with the Maui Melee 2011.

But as the event’s name implies, the contest is about more than sensational sport (and spectating)—it’s about the environment that inspires it. Makena—namely Oneloa (colloquially, Big Beach), part of the 164.4 acre Makena State

Park—is one of our isle’s rarefied jewels, and partnering event presenters Save Makena and Maui Tomorrow aim to keep it that way.

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The state park doesn’t exist in a vacuum,” says Angie Hofmann, Save Makena’s community organizer and Youth Advisory Board member for Maui Tomorrow. “It exists within a whole community of places to live and be and work.”

Hoffman says her passion for the Makena area stems from having grown up in South Maui. And, as an avid skimboarder herself, the event is especially near and dear to her heart. Her holistic idea of Oneloa, too, aligns nicely with the theme of this year’s competition, “Malama Makena from the mountains to the sea.”

As described by Project Ka’eo—a research effort supported by a grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs with matching funds from Maui Tomorrow—archaeological evidence shows that aboriginal Hawaiians lived in and cultivated the area’s natural abundance for more than a millennium, planting staple sweet potato patches in sandy loams and utilizing the abundance of the forests for “materials for housing, tools, medicine and canoe building.”

However, Project Ka’eo reports, despite its scientific significance, knowledge of the area is still severely lacking, with “the majority of archaeological reviews [appearing] hurried, fragmented or unsupported,” as these “studies [have] been conducted to meet permitting requirements for golf course, resort and home construction.”

“Over the years, there’s been booming development,” says Hoffman. “It’s quite an interesting community in the sense that there are a lot of issues that surround an area with that kind of rapid growth,” she adds, citing hot button development projects like Wailea 670/Honua’ula.

“I think what really blows people’s minds is when they see how much growth has already occurred and then learn how much more has been approved on the land they call home,” says Hoffman. “[Save Makena’s] basic goal is that we want people to be aware of the issues as well as know how they can get involved to voice their opinion.”

At the same time, Hoffman emphasizes, the goal isn’t to stop all development. Rather, she says, “it’s about identifying what it represents, who it represents and what we want future generations to inherit.”

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Though the deadline for entry into the 4th Annual Save Makena Skim Board Contest has passed, attendance is encouraged (park in the second, southernmost state park parking lot, and walk south). Spectators will enjoy light refreshments courtesy of restaurants like Flatbread Co. and Lulu’s Kihei, and get a chance to learn more about Save Makena and Maui Tomorrow’s initiatives at their informational booths. And who knows? You might be inspired to take up skimboarding yourself.

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