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Kamehameha Schools gets go-ahead to demolish Keauhou Beach Resort

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Kamehameha Schools is moving forward with plans to demolish Keauhou Beach Resort on the Big Island. 

On Thursday, the Leeward Planning Commission granted the demolition permit.

Kamehemeha Schools plans to build an education complex on the site, which will cost around $22.8 million. The individual buildings are planned to be developed in phases over an eight year period, starting in 2018 and estimated completion by 2023. 

Kamehameha also plans to restore some historical features of the property, including a heiau. 

In 2012, Kamehameha Schools made the announcement that the Outrigger-managed resort would shut down at the end of October 2015, and eliminated all 112 jobs. 

Sources say the hotel, which was been in business for more than 40 years, has sustained substantial losses over the last six years. 

The nearly 23-acre site is located at the southern end of Kahaluu Bay and south of Kailua-Kona, which was formerly the site of the Kona Lagoon Hotel before it was demolished in 2004. 

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