The Maui News - The Honua'ula project, a proposed new luxury golf community in Wailea, received a key approval on July 24 by the Maui Planning Commission. The nine-member commission voted eight in favor to approve the $1.2 billion project's final environmental impact statement.
The project--formerly called Wailea 670--is expected to include up to 1,150 housing units on 670 acres above Wailea Resort. The project is expected to include an 18-hole golf course and clubhouse, retail and commercial components, a 12-mile network of trails and bike paths, and a 40-acre preserve for native plants.
An additional 250 affordable housing units will be built off-site near the planned Pi'ilani Promenade and Maui Outlets projects. The affordable housing component was a condition imposed by the Maui County Council when it approved zoning four years ago, and must be built before units at Honua'ula can go up.
In addition, landowner Honua'ula Partners also needs to complete a project to widen Pi'ilani Highway between Kilohana and Wailea Ike drives from two to four lanes as part of its traffic mitigation plan before heavy construction can begin.
The final environmental impact statement proposes a 40-acre preserve--increased from 22 acres--designed to include native plants, cultural sites and a habitat for the endangered native Blackburn's sphinx moth that has been reported on property.
Asked about a construction timeline, owner representative Charlie Jencks said, "Delivery of product within three years is essential."
Two other approvals are needed for the project--phase-two district approval by the planning commission and habitant conservation plan approval by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.