Pacific Links, Stanford Carr Development partner on community-based plan for Makaha Valley
MAKAHA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Pacific Links International and Stanford Carr Development today announced a collaborative joint venture to fulfill the vision of a community-based resort master plan for Makaha Valley, designed to revitalize the area and bring much needed economic development, jobs and workforce housing to Makaha.
The Makaha Valley master plan was developed by a coalition of respected community stakeholders over a three-year period to address key issues facing the community by creating a strategic path for positive change in the area.
The estimated $300 million plan, which will employ more than 500 local residents, encompasses a holistic, Hawaiian ahupua?a concept that spans the entire valley - from the mountain (Mount Ka?ala) to the ocean (Makaha Beach) - incorporating a true appreciation for Hawai'i's host culture while adopting environmentally sustainable practices throughout the development of a premier resort and spa, world-class golf course and club house, among other amenities.
"Our entire community is standing together to protect Makaha, and we are proud to have the backing of our partners, Pacific Links and Stanford Carr," said Brian Keaulana, longtime Waianae resident and respected community leader. "Our ocean and watershed are precious resources, and we need to bring our social, cultural and environmental conscience to the task of preserving it for our keiki's future."
Restoration of the Makaha Mauka Watershed is an integral part of the plan's comprehensive approach to care for the community. In addition to finding ways to replenish groundwater resources and prevent harmful erosion, the plan also incorporates culturally informed environmental efforts such as removing invasive species, restoring the lo'i system (taro patch) and protecting multiple heiau (traditional places of worship). Maintaining and improving the much-beloved Makaha surfing beach is also a key part of the community-based master plan.
"Our hopes and aspirations for the Makaha ahupua'a reflect the vision this community has expressed to us, which is to strengthen the area overall, both now and into the future," said Micah Kane, board of advisor, Pacific Links Hawai'i. "We consider this a three-way partnership with the Makaha Community, Pacific Links and Stanford Carr, bringing together the team needed to make this joint vision for Makaha Valley a reality through a very local perspective."
Economic growth is a cornerstone of ensuring a higher quality of life in Makaha, including stable long-term jobs, improved traffic management, consistent with a master-planned resort community. This will include a signature Greg Norman golf course and a four-star hotel focused on providing a neighbor-island experience on O'ahu.
"As the last of four master-planned destination resort communities on the Island of O'ahu, Makaha Valley has an incredible opportunity to retain its rugged beauty while providing a welcoming and eco-friendly environment for residents and visitors," said Stanford Carr, president of Stanford Carr Development. "We look forward to continuing to work with the community to create a neighborhood that everyone is proud to call home."
More than 14 percent of people who live in Makaha are unemployed, with nearly 30 percent living below poverty level. Of those residents who are employed, nearly 80 percent work beyond the Leeward Coast, resulting in long commutes and time away from family. The revitalization of Makaha will provide an economic opportunity to hundreds of families living in Makaha, Waianae and Nanakuli. Historically, Makaha Resort was once one of the largest employers on the Leeward Coast.
The master plan is a re-birth of the original vision entrepreneur and businessman Chinn Ho had imagined for Makaha. Since its inception in the 1960s, the plan for development in Makaha has included creating a resort destination with a strong emphasis on preserving, restoring and maintaining the natural beauty of the area and its many historic sites.