Once this bar and grill and swimming pool are constructed makai of S Kihei Rd., the first phase of the Hilton Vacation Time Share project is expected to open. This segment will be built atop these raised post to allow for flooding, sea level rise and ocean surge. But the community and KCA continues to question why anyone is constructing anything so close to the kai and if it is legal.
It is our understanding in communications with the Planning Dept that legal approval was acquired a long time ago. Of course the near shore location is within the Special Management Area (SMA) and requires a permit for any construction there. The lengthy time of this project caused expiration of the SMA permit in 2018. However, the Maui Planning Commission unanimously approved the developer’s request for an eight year extension, so it rolls on unchanged.
Soon we will see a bar and grill business open to the public sitting on these raised posts and an adjoining swimming pool right at the shoreline for timeshare owners and their guests.