Save Hanalei River Ridge is a community-based organization comprised of people who love Hanalei.  

We are united in opposition to Pierre Omidyar's proposal to sell 34 house lots on Kauakanionu (Hanalei River Ridge).

 

Pierre…let’s talk

Save Hanalei River Ridge is a community-based organization comprised of people who love Hanalei. We are united in opposition to Pierre Omidyar’s proposal to sell 34 house lots on Kauakanionu (Hanalei River Ridge).

This development would ruin the green belt around Hanalei and the community’s ability to utilize the area’s natural and cultural resources, including Black Pot Park. The houses will also set a dangerous precedent for development on other ridges surrounding the bay.

At the November 2012 Hanalei to Hāʻena Community Association Meeting, solutions were offered that would allow for development while preserving the integrity of the ridge and the quality of life in our community.

The Omidyar development team is not compromising, or listening, so we are appealing to Mr. Omidyar directly. We want to discuss an innovative development strategy that would help Kauaʻi, and Hawaiʻi, instead of outdated model of resort development that is no longer relevant or appropriate.

Hanalei is an iconic treasure and we must defend and preserve its beauty. This development would destroy Hanalei's scenic and rural character and values that are so cherished by local islanders and visitors alike.

Mr. Omidyar, this is an opportunity for you to respect and listen to Hanalei’s community, The REAL ʻohana Hanalei. You have the opportunity to lead this effort to protect Hanalei instead of proposing to destroy it. 

We are an empowered community, some radical, most of us moderate, all united in wanting to find a better solution. Let’s take a lesson from the Dalai Lama: Pierre…let’s talk.

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 Defend Hanalei

Hanalei is unexcelled for its scenic beauty and rural character. Decades of county planning and community advocacy have helped to maintain these values. Hanalei River Ridge is a prominent part of Hanalei's “lei of green” and serves as a buffer between the resort district of Princeville and Hanalei. Little could be more opposed to Hanalei's values than a half-mile row of mansions overlooking Black Pot Beach Park.

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What's Being Proposed?

The development company Ohana Hanalei LLC, owned by Honolulu-based billionaire Pierre Omidyar, is seeking approvals to build a full-service, luxury resort complex on 64 acres bordering on Hanalei bay and the Hanalei river. The resort would consist of 86 freestanding, one- and two-story hotel units; a reception lobby, restaurants, spa, pool, and meeting facilities; and a 34-lot subdivision for luxury properties.

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Is This a Done Deal? 

No. Before Ohana Hanalei LLC can proceed, it needs at least 10 different permits or approvals from county, state and federal agencies. Additionally, the developer is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that must consider and mitigate all significant impacts to natural and cultural resources. The EIS preparation notice is expected in the summer of 2013. Stay tuned for more information. 

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