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Keauhou Beach Hotel Site to Become KS Educational Complex

Posted May 5, 2017, 09:46 AM HST
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Kamehameha Schools will tear down the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort to make room for an educational complex. Courtesy photo.

 

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    Kamehameha Schools held a blessing this week to mark the start of the process to remove the old Keauhou Beach Hotel at Kahalu‘u Ma Kai on Hawai‘i Island and transform the site into an educational complex

    The blessing ceremony signaled the beginning of interior alteration construction or “soft demolition” of the interior. The work entails first removing all wood, plaster, glass, drywall and other interior materials, leaving only the building’s exterior walls and structural framework.

    The windows and exterior openings will be sealed and the interiors will be removed floor by floor. Debris will be deposited in an enclosed chute directly discharging into construction trash bins to protect the surrounding environment.

    Kiewit Building Group is the general contractor.

    “With this major step forward, Kamehameha Schools is making significant progress toward transforming Kahalu‘u Ma Kai into an innovative, 21st-century educational complex that will serve as the piko (hub) for Native Hawaiian ʻāina-based, science, technology, engineering, arts and math education in West Hawai‘i,” said Kaimana Barcarse, West Hawai‘i regional director. “While the walls of this hotel are filled with cherished and warm memories of days gone by for many people, this project will create an environment to reinvigorate the ‘āina as the foundation for a thriving lāhui. We look forward to creating new memories here.”

    Along with receiving a permit for the interior alteration, Kamehameha Schools has hit several major milestones in reaching this stage of the project including:

    • The County of Hawai‘i Planning Department approving the project’s final environmental assessment and issuing a finding of no significant impact (FEA-FONSI) for the project.
    • The Hawai‘i County Leeward Planning Commission approving a Special Management Area Use Permit (SMA) application with conditions.
    • Approval by the County of Hawai‘i of the project’s interim public access plan, which governs shoreline access during construction.
    • Submitting to the County of Hawai‘i a Comprehensive Public Access Plan which covers shoreline access post construction.
    • Submitting to the State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD) for review and approval the project’s Archaeological Preservation Plan, Archaeological Monitoring Plan and Burial Treatment. On Feb. 8, 2017, SHPD accepted the Burial Treatment Plan.

    Construction to remove the hotel is awaiting review and approval of the Archaeological Preservation Plan and Archaeological Monitoring Plan by SHPD, which along with the Burial Treatment Plan are required to submit an application to Hawai‘i County for a demolition permit.

    “We appreciate SHPD accepting the Burial Treatment Plan and we look forward to the agency completing the review and approval of the Archaeological Preservation Plan and Archaeological Monitoring Plan soon so we may continue with the progress we have made so far,” Barcarse said.

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    Cultural practitioners blessed the ‘āina and the people who will be working on the project.

    The ceremony also brought together the area’s kūpuna and lineal descendants, who shared stories of growing up in Kahalu‘u Ma Kai and who spoke fondly about what life was like before the hotel was built.

    “With the hotel coming down, this will be good for the education of our children and the future of our families,” said Uncle Mitchell Fujisaka.

    “Known historically as an intellectual training ground for Hawai‘i’s leaders, Kahalu‘u Ma Kai supports our desire to bring together Ke Ali‘i Pauahi’s land legacy and assets in West Hawai‘i, our educational mission and the community,” Barcarse said.

    About Kamehameha Schools

    Founded in 1887 by Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, Kamehameha Schools (KS) is a private, educational, charitable Native Hawaiian trust committed to improving the capability and wellbeing of our people through education. Income generated from its endowment portfolio of commercial real estate and other diverse investments funds more than 96 percent of KS’ educational mission.

    In 2015, Kamehameha Schools embarked on a bold, exciting voyage that envisions, in one generation, a thriving Lāhui in which all learners achieve postsecondary educational success, enabling good life and career choices. Grounded in Christian and Hawaiian values, learners will be leaders who contribute to their communities locally and globally.

    At the heart of this journey are those who share this vision to ensure that all Native Hawaiians have the opportunity to succeed. Strong community collaborations, donor participation and key state, national and international partnerships are vital to creating the means to propel learners onto knowledge and career paths of their choice. Visit ksbe.edu for more information.

    Kamehameha Schools will tear down the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort to make room for an educational complex. Courtesy photo.

    Kamehameha Schools will tear down the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort to make room for an educational complex. Courtesy photo.

    Kamehameha Schools will tear down the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort to make room for an educational complex. Courtesy photo.

    Kamehameha Schools will tear down the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort to make room for an educational complex. Courtesy photo.

    Kamehameha Schools will tear down the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort to make room for an educational complex. Courtesy photo.

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    Ke'ala Kāne Kekaualua How can they be so lame! Wonder of they believe their is a 'LUAKINI' on the premises! Did u know that the pool on Keauhou Resort was built right over a heiau, which the other half of the heiau is still under water! There r a total of 5! And they want to put kids there to learn!!!! SMDHMay 05, 2017 11:01am
    Ke'ala Kāne Kekaualua Luakini is where they do sacrificing to the Gods!May 05, 2017 11:02am
    Lynne Siqueiros Also lame IMO is that they're selling the land mauka for condo development. Kanaka maoli organizations should not be selling land to developers!May 05, 2017 12:17pm
    Cael Chappell SandeeMay 05, 2017 12:28pm
    Emily Ann They've been talking about an educational complex for years. I'll believe it when I see it.May 05, 2017 12:48pm
    Eric Aguilar Sounds like a lot of hot air !May 05, 2017 01:05pm
    Diane Bennett O'Callaghan I will miss the Sunday buffets - the Tennis Club - the Music - but it is indeed a site of great cultural significance, and will thrive as a School.May 05, 2017 01:37pm
    Shantell Cruz Loved roaming the tide pools here.May 05, 2017 02:09pm
    Hatada Jillian It not going to be the same anymoreMay 05, 2017 05:16pm
    Clayton Campbell Fake news, how does anyone know what is under the hotel.???? All was outside the Hotel!May 05, 2017 06:31pm
    Clayton Campbell I miss the Long House.May 05, 2017 06:33pm
    Ke'ala Kāne Kekaualua Samantha Kaui Wright-Peralto Ma HeleMay 05, 2017 08:45pm
    Matthew Jumalon I think they should renovate the hotel n turn it into a Kona kamehameha school so more Hawaiian kids can go to school!! No since grumble about all the bad that they did already, we gotta just restore what we can n turn it into good for the people n Keki!!May 05, 2017 09:34pm
    Nicky Brockman mehMay 05, 2017 09:48pm
    Stephanie Goddard Seems like tearing down the hotel would cause more damage to the reef and surrounding coast. Educational complex with the hotel becoming a dorm...May 05, 2017 11:11pm
    Isao Goto お気に入りのホテルでした。May 06, 2017 02:56am
    Billy Lum The Long House was at the Kona Lagoon. I had fkun there too.May 06, 2017 09:51am
    Knick Knack Patty Whack The people they have in place to take care of the area are aware of the Heiau on property and their uses by talking to the families of this area and by research;May 07, 2017 12:32pm
    Knick Knack Patty Whack It is the past and we must never forget the things that were done and yes, we must move forward.May 07, 2017 12:33pm
    Knick Knack Patty Whack 💯👌🤙May 07, 2017 12:33pm
    Knick Knack Patty Whack They are going to dismantle the hotel Piece by piece. Not just explode or knock it over with a wrecking ball.May 07, 2017 12:34pm
    Knick Knack Patty Whack Real news, the have maps of the area before the hotel was even built.May 07, 2017 12:35pm
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