Turtle Bay Expansion Faces More Opposition

Kyle Chock
Kyle Chock
The petition is delivered to city officials at Honolulu Hale
The petition is delivered to city officials at Honolulu Hale

by Kristine Uyeno

HONOLULU (KHNL) - It wasn't your typical morning at Honolulu Hale.A large group marched into the building to protest development on Oahu's North Shore. It's the latest step by a group who's trying to stop the Turtle Bay expansion project.

"Keep the country, country! Keep the country, country!" the group of fifty chanted.

Defend Oahu Coalition delivered a petition signed by 5,000 Oahu residents. They're asking the City Council to review and change permits, that would allow developers to go forward with that project.

They're asking city officials to reconsider a special management area permit for the proposed project. The group says the permits are twenty years old and are outdated. They believe the resort's owners should get a current assessment of the area.

For the past two decades, Kuilima Resort Co. has been planning to build five new hotels, four parks and more beach access.

In a statement, Kuilima officials said," We are not proposing massive development. We are preserving well over 170 acres of land as open space for parks, walkways and wildlife preservation."

Kyle Chock, with the Pacific Resource Partnership, says this project will bring good things to the area, including hundreds of jobs.

"I also think that it's unfortunate that you take a private property owner's vested rights who's actually playing by the rules and in the middle of the process say you need to change the rules," said Chock.

The Dept. of Planning and Permitting has until October 26 to decide about the permits for the expansion.