Comments Due Today on Draft EA for Proposed Wailuku Hotel

June 8, 2020, 8:56 AM HST · Updated June 8, 8:56 AM
Wendy Osher · 11 Comments
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Proposed Hotel Wailuku, regional location map. PC: Munekiyo Hiraga / Draft EA/ ESRI. Source: Digital Globe, GeoEye, Earthstar Geographics, CNES Airbus DS, USDA, USGS Aerogrid, IGN and the GIS user community.

Today is the deadline to submit final comments on the Draft Environmental Assessment for the proposed 156-room Hotel Wailuku project.

The comments are due to:

  • the Department of Public Works (Department of Public Works, County of Maui, Rowena Dagdag-Andaya, [email protected] and [email protected] 250 South High Street, Wailuku, HI 96793), with copies to
  • the applicant: Supreme Bright Wailuku (Supreme Bright Wailuku, LLC; 700 State Highway 121, Suite 175 Lewisville, TX 75067 James Houser, [email protected]); and
  • the consultant: Munekiyo Hiraga (Munekiyo Hiraga; 305 High Street, Suite 104, Wailuku, HI 96793 Charlene Shibuya, [email protected]).

The project, designed as a select service, business-focused hotel, is proposed for development at the corner of Main and Market Streets.

The L-shaped, partially solar powered structure would staff about 65 employees and stand at six stories tall (79 feet in height), exceeding the current four-story code standard.

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In an April 10, 2020 letter to a community organization expressing concerns, the consulting agency notes, “With sensitivity to design, setbacks and spatial relationship to adjoining properties, the applicant believes that the character of Wailuku Town can be maintained with the proposed new hotel building.”

Last week, comments were received by the Urban Design Review Board and the Maui Redevelopment Agency.

The proposed hotel would be bordered by Market Street, Main Street and Maluhia Drive.  One parcel of the property is vacant and not leased; but all other parcels are least to tenants that include: an auto sales company, art studio, retail outlets, and specialty contractors.

According to the Draft EA, a total of 78 code compliant parking stalls would be provided with an additional 14 tandem parking stalls.

The full Draft EA document is available for review here.

Proposed Hotel Wailuku, rendering. PC: Munekiyo Hiraga / Draft EA

Proposed Hotel Wailuku, schematic elevations. PC: Munekiyo Hiraga / Draft EA.

Wendy Osher
Wendy Osher leads the Maui Now news team. She is also the news voice of parent company, Pacific Media Group, having served nearly 20 years as News Director for the company’s six Maui radio stations.

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