Land Board approves Ala Wai Harbor development plans

Published On: Nov 09 2012 07:40:15 PM HST

Sections of the Ala Wai Harbor may get a $20 million makeover from a Japan-based company.

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The Board of Land and Natural Resources  gave the nod to a deal with Japan  based developer Honey Bee that would privatize the harbor and generate money for the state.

The revised plans call for upgrading a fuel dock and boat repair business and building a restaurant, retail shops new restroom facilities,  and a training area for national Kayak  team, and two wedding chapels.

The project will in include for four building as part of the wharf development.

 The Ala Wai habor hasn't changed much since the 1960's tv show "Gilligan’s Island” filmed it's opening season here.

 When it is transformed, it will be called the Waikiki Landing.

 "We are trying to get the project up and running by August of next year. It is steel construction, so this thing will come up very fast," said Keith Kiuchi, spokesman for the developer.

 Kiuchi is optimistic the development will be 80% percent leased before the project breaks ground in January.

Once the project is up and running, it will generate a half a million dollars a year for the state.

 Some boaters are scratching their heads over how two wedding chapels will fit with an active fuel dock and a boat repair business.

 ”They are promising a lot of things without any substance," said Bruce Lenkeit.

 David Cooper has a problem with giving the developer preferential treatment, fast-tracking it under laws passed two years ago.

 "Unless they had a hardship case in meeting what they originally proposed. I don’t understand why the land board would approve this," said Cooper.

 It’s the first harbor project exempt from county zoning, and a shoreline management review under Act 53 and Act 119.

 "The exemptions for boating, for the SMA will definitely help us expedite these projects We will still have to follow chapter 343 requirements.  We are not being exempted from the environmental laws. We still have to follow all of that," said state boating administrator Ed Underwood.

State attorneys are working through contract language on a master lease.

J  based developer Honey Bee that would privatize the harbor and generate money for the state. The Board of Land and Natural Resources  gave the nod to a deal with Japan

The plans call for upgrading a fuel dock and boat repair business and building a restaurant, retail shops new restroom facilities,  and a training area for national Kayak  team, and two wedding chapels.

The project will in include for four building as part of the wharf development.

 The Ala Wai habor hasn't changed much since the 1960's tv show "Gilligan’s Island” filmed it's opening season here.

 When it is transformed, it will be called the Waikiki Landing.

 "We are trying to get the project up and running by August of next year. It is steel construction, so this thing will come up very fast," said Keith Kiuchi, spokesman for the developer.

 Kiuchi is optimistic the development will be 80% percent leased before the project breaks ground in January.

 Once the project is up and running, it will generate a half a million dollars a year for the state.

 Some boaters are scratching their heads over how two wedding chapels will fit with an active fuel dock and a boat repair business.

 ”They are promising a lot of things without any substance," said Bruce Lenkeit.

 David Cooper has a problem with giving the developer preferential treatment, fast-tracking it under laws passed two years ago.

 "Unless they had a hardship case in meeting what they originally proposed. I don’t understand why the land board would approve this," said Cooper.

 It’s the first harbor project exempt from county zoning, and a shoreline management review under Act 53 and Act 119.

 "The exemptions for boating, for the SMA will definitely help us expedite these projects We will still have to follow chapter 343 requirements.  We are not being exempted from the environmental laws. We still have to follow all of that," said state boating administrator Ed Underwood.

State attorneys are currently  working through contract language on a master lease.

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