The Maui Planning Commission has given the go-ahead to the Grand Wailea to proceed with a $250 million renovation and expansion project. The commission has also granted the resort a special management area permit and planned development approvals.
Expansions will be added to the Molokini wing of the hotel into the area currently occupied by Humuhumunukunukuapua'a Restaurant. There will also be expansion of pool areas and replacement of the chapel with more rooms in the Lagoon wing.
The hotel currently employs 1,500 people.
This is the second time that the hotel has been granted permits for the project. The hotel was given permission to proceed in 2009 as well, but it was later struck down by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals when owners of the Ho'olei and Grand Wailea and Dana Naone Hall, the former chairwoman of the Maui-Lana'i Island Burial Council, intervened.
A settlement was reached allowing the resort to proceed only after agreeing to reduce the height of buildings being constructed, reduce the rooms and allow a more extensive archeological testing.