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Turtle Bay Resort Unveils Expansion Plans

Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of Oahu. Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of Oahu.
Sylvana Johnson works her fruit stand near the Turtle Bay Resort. Sylvana Johnson works her fruit stand near the Turtle Bay Resort.

(KHNL)  Developers of the Turtle Bay Resort have revealed big expansion plans, that including five hotels, 2,500 hotel rooms and 1,000 condo-type units.

It would also feature four parks and more access to beaches. The new resort will create up to 3,000 jobs.

It's all part of a plan that was formed 20 years ago.

"The sugar plantation there was closing, Waialua was known to be on its last leg so they were looking for a way to generate economic development that would benefit the people of the community," said Doug Carlson, spokesperson for Kuilima Resort Co.

With new owners and an improved economy, development plans started to reappear a few years ago. It's gaining support from groups such as the Kahuku Community Association.

But not everyone is happy with the expansion plans. Some people who live nearby have put up signs protesting the project.

"Just too much traffic, there's too much people here already, the development is pretty much maxed out and I don't think the infrastructure can handle anymore tourists out here," said resident Larry Cass.

Sylvana Johnson lives and works in the area. Although the expanded resort could attract more visitors to her fruit stand, she opposes the development.

"The tourists who come, they love how things are, they ask for shrimp trucks, fruit stands and they want it to stay that way," said Johnson.

Developers still need to obtain city permits before they start the project.

Development could begin in one year.

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