Council grants permits for Hilton expansion

By Jim Mendoza - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hilton Hawaiian Village's plan to build two timeshare towers on its Waikiki site came under sharp criticism from the lawyer for the family that owns some property under one wing of the existing Diamond Head Tower.

Attorney Cal Chipchase IV represents the Mun family. He told the Honolulu City Council that Hilton officials failed to notify his client of the project and they "learned about it by accident. "

He urged the Council to table a vote. But representatives from building trade organizations testified the project that would expand Hilton's retail space would create hundreds of jobs.

In a statement, Hilton Hawaiian Village CEO Jerry Gibson said the Mun's holdings "represent just 1.5% of the 22-acre Hilton Hawaiian Village."  He said no part of the project is on land owned by the Mun family.

The Council voted unanimously to grant Hilton a Special Management Area Use Permit for the $760 million expansion.

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