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This page contains Media and Event information concerning the proposed resort expansion/“glamping” development on the Makai Woods Golf Course in Princeville, Kauai.

Meetings & Events
3/26/21 - SOSHui's Summary Notes from the 3/18/21 PHCA Board Meeting
There has been little to report from the recent February and March PHCA Board meetings on Starwood’s resort expansion/glamping plans. We expect Starwood to announce their plans at the April PHCA Board Meeting on April 15th.
1/23/21 - SOSHui's Summary Notes from the 1/21/21 PHCA Board Meeting
There was no significant update on "glamping" other than it was still under evaluation by Starwood Capital Group. There was a discussion regarding forming an Open Space Taskforce, additional feedback from the recent PHCA Survey and that Will Little is no longer with East West Partners.
1/1/21 - Results from the Dec 2020 PHCA Homeowners' Survey.
View the responses to each of the survey's questions. It appears to this writer that those willing to take the time to fill out the survey (782) are very much opposed to losing existing open space in Princeville. The final tally of (782) respondents exceeded by almost double what PHCA President Sam George noted at the prior meeting as being statistically significant to be a valid response. Take a moment and review the details.
12/19/20 - SOSHui's Summary Notes from 12/17/20 PHCA Board Meeting
The PHCA survey results were presented showing a very large percentage of the 782 respondents supporting keeping existing open space (no glamping) that way. The Board noted they had received a letter from SDCA's attorney and had decided not to respond to any questions regarding "glamping" or the survey.
12/14/20 - Urgent Email Request: Please help keep Open Space in Princeville.
Princeville I Homeowners, please register for the PHCA Board meeting this Thursday, December 17th, 4-6pm by going to http://www.princevillecommunity.com website. There's no agenda yet, but we believe the Starwood Capital/East West proposal will be discussed and possibly the Survey results.

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Published Articles (The Garden Island, CivilBeat.org, Etc.) (NEW 04/12)
3/27/21 - ALOHA ‘AINA - PRINCEVILLE TURNS 50!
By Princeville resident, Lorraine Mull; Archived PDF

Past emails sent to the SOS Hui News email list (NEW 04/11)

Email Templates for quickly sending emails (NEW 04/10)
(NEW 04/10) - SOS URGENT! - BILL 2822 NEEDS YOUR IMMEDIATE ATTENTION
Please fill out a short email template and send it to the PHCA Board in preparation for the Thursday 4/15/21 PHCA Board meeting outlining your support of the new County Bill 2822 that is making its way through the legal process of becoming law. If it passes, it will eliminate the possibility of "Glamping" being developed on the Makai Golf Course. It only takes 4 clicks and you send it using your own email application. Click on the above title to read details about Bill 2822.
SOS ALERT!
BILL 2822 NEEDS YOUR IMMEDIATE ATTENTION
NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT-TO WRITE-TO CALL

Aloha,
After months of silence, “Glamping” is back on the PHCA meeting agenda on April 15, 2021. We expect that East West Partners and Starwood Capital Group will present their updated plans for the Glamping Project at this meeting. At a previous board meeting, PHCA President Sam George stated that the Board is “negotiating” with the developers. Setting aside the issue of whether the PHCA Board can legally “negotiate” away the rights of owners of land at Princeville that were conveyed through the Golf Course Dedication, we have a very important update from the County Council.

BILL 2822

At the County Council meeting held on Wednesday, April 7th, Councilmembers Luke Evslin and Mason Chock introduced Bill 2822. This bill seeks to amend the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance to prohibit commercial “Developed Campgrounds” on land zoned Open or Agricultural. Commercial "Developed Campgrounds" would also be prohibited under Bill 2822 in residential neighborhoods.

Bill 2822 unanimously passed first reading at the County Council meeting and has been referred to the Planning Commission. (County Planning Director Ka‘aina Hull was in attendance at the Council meeting and answered specific questions from the council members regarding the bill prior to the vote). It will be reviewed by the Planning Commission and there will be a public hearing. The bill will require a second reading at the County Council and then there will be a final vote. If passed, it will go to the Mayor for his signature. If Bill 2822 becomes law it will prohibit “Glamping” on the Makai Golf Course and all golf courses in Princeville.

ACTION NEEDED!!

We strongly urge you to email the PHCA to communicate your support of Bill 2822. If you prefer to call the PHCA, ensure they make a record of your call and that it is conveyed to the Board.

• Ask the PHCA to SUPPORT Bill 2822.

• Ask the PHCA to defer any action on “Glamping” until Bill 2822 has been through the legislative process.

Please forward this email to anyone you know who would want the PHCA Board to support Bill 2822 and defer any action on Glamping until the bill has been through the legislative process.

Click here for a sample email that you can send to the PHCA or feel free to compose your own.

12/16/20 - Strongly Against Resort Expansion/Glamping in Princeville
For Princeville residents. Please fill out an email template and send it to the PHCA Board in preparation for the 12/17/20 PHCA Board meeting outlining your opposition to the Makai Woods Proposed Resort Expansion/”Glamping”. It only takes 4 clicks and you send it using your own email application.
Update on Makai Woods Proposed Resort Expansion/”Glamping”

Aloha Princeville Homeowners,  

SOS Hui received the revised design plans for the Makai Woods links 1-3 resort expansion from several concerned citizens.  You can view them at SOSHui.org.  

Princeville 1 Homeowners, please register by 3:45pm Thursday for the PHCA Board Meeting (via Zoom) scheduled for 4-6pm HST.  The agenda DOES include an update on the Starwood Capital/East West Partners’ development plans AND the results of the Survey.  You can see the full agenda and register for the meeting by logging in at http://www.princevillecommunity.com.  

Anyone can send an email to Maylette Garces, Princeville General Manager (maylette@princevillecommunity.com) for the PHCA Board of Directors asking that they NOT support Starwood Capital/East West Partners’ glamping development plans.  Here’s a sample letter.  You can add your own name(s), address, modify the content and send from your email application. 4 CLICKS and it’s ON its WAY!  

Leaving a message for the Board directly or on voicemail is also good!  (808) 826-6687.

The PHCA Board is Princeville’s first line of defense against ANY developer wishing to destroy our treasured green space in the name of more profit.  Once these spaces are gone, there are no more; there’s no chance to recover them. 

From Princeville’s CC&Rs, the Association was established “for the purpose of enhancing and protecting the value, desirability and attractiveness of the land.”  This proposed development doesn’t protect the land or the owners’ interests.

Please continue to help preserve the golf courses as green space by making your position known, and share this email with other concerned friends and neighbors.

Mahalo nui loa,
SOS Hui.

12/14/20 - Against Resort Expansion/Glamping in Princeville
View the 12/14/20 email sent to Princeville residents in preparation for the 12/17/20 PHCA Board meeting and then send a pre-formatted email to the PHCA Board voicing your opposition to the proposed resort expansion/"glamping" on the Makai Golf Course. Save our Open Space.
Urgent: Please Help Save Open Space in Princeville.

Aloha Princeville Homeowners,

Princeville I Homeowners, please register for the PHCA Board meeting this Thursday, December 17th, 4-6pm by going to http://www.princevillecommunity.com website. There’s no agenda yet, but we believe the Starwood Capital/East West proposal will be discussed and possibly the Survey results.

Since many of us feel the Survey was confusing and misleading, we want to flood the PHCA Board with emails and calls of opposition from as many owners as possible.

We have no way of knowing how they will weight the answers and comments to the Survey, or what the process is to reach results. The Board flatly denied our request during the Nov. 28th Town Hall meeting to provide input into the questions prior to the Survey’s release.

To ALL Princeville Homeowners - In order to build a record of opposition in front of the Planning Commission, the PHCA Board needs to hear from you. Please reach out to your neighbors and friends who live in Princeville and email the Board via the General Manager, Maylette Garces, whose email is maylette@princevillecommunity.com. She will forward it to the entire Board.

Please also register your opposition with a phone call – the more we have the better: The PHCA telephone number is (808) 826-6687.

Time is of the essence, so please help preserve our open spaces in perpetuity. Below is a simple message that can be sent to Maylette for the Board.

Mahalo nui loa for your support,

SOS Hui

11/25/20 - Letter to the Kauai County Council requesting that they revive Bill 2044.
Please send a pre-formatted email the Kauai County Council requesting they revive Bill 2044 which passed 1'st Reading with a 7-0 vote on 12/19/2002, but has lain dormant since 2003. Bill 2044 would have made Princeville Phase 1 green space permanently zoned Open and unavailable for development.
URGENT REQUEST TO CONCERNED PRINCEVILLE RESIDENTS

We have recently discovered Kauai County Council Bill 2044 that would make the green space in Princeville Phase 1 permanently zoned Open and unavailable for development. The Council passed it on the first reading with a 7-0 vote on December 19, 2002, but it has lain dormant since 2003 due to operational technicalities at the time.

Bill 2044: https://soshui.org/docs/2020-0915_Bill_No_2044_(MARK-UP).pdf

Bill 2044 is to be reviewed during the Kauai County Council meeting THIS WEDNESDAY 11/25, with the proposal that it can be cancelled. We want this Bill to be revived for at least consideration. It is extremely pertinent to the issues facing all of Princeville today.

If you want to help save over 400 acres of Princeville’s green space, and potentially nullify the proposed Glamping development, this is an excellent opportunity to make your wishes known to the Council. To that end, we are asking you to Email a customized letter to the Council by Monday night, November 23. See below for suggested letter.

Even if the Council decides to cancel the Bill, your submission will have helped raise the proposed loss of Princeville’s green space to the level of the Kauai County Council which will help in future efforts to keep Princeville whole.

Time is of the essence on this.

Aloha and mahalo nui loa,
SOSHui.org


Glamping images (NEW 04/15)
  • (NEW 04/15) - Have you noticed what might have been painted on the 1Hotel temporary rooftop?
  • This picture was taken by an unknown member of the community while they were playing golf on the Ocean course. It appears someone has definite thoughts about "glamping" in Princeville. Click the image to view a more detailed version.
  • 12/9/20 - Proposed "Glamping" Development (~20 acres). Version 2.
  • This second version of the design was distributed to some homeowners as part of the East West Partner's Christmas letter. Click the image to view a more detailed version. In this version they have completely scrapped their building of a restaurant on top of the golf cart barn apparently due to its expense. This rendition is the result of someone from their contracted design company, Hart Howerton (planners, architects, landscape architects and interior designers) actually visiting the site for the first time in Nov. 2020. View original document.
  • 12/9/20 - Proposed Commercial Expansion.
  • This is where the Makai Golf Course's current pool, workout area and golf cart barn are located off Lei O Papa Rd. Click the image to view a detail version and see if you can find where a "food truck" parking area is located. One can only presume it will be for feeding their "glamping" guests. This will undoubtedly significantly increase the traffic on Lei O Papa Rd and out to Kuhio Hwy via Hanalei Plantation Rd.
  • 8/20/20 - Glamping tent layout (12'x18').
  • This first proposed design of what a "glamping" tent layout might be was made available by East West Partners in Aug. 2020. We've not seen any updates since then. Click the image to view a more detailed version.
  • 8/20/20 - Glamping tent concept.
  • This first proposed design of what a "glamping" tent with surrounding vegetation might look like was made available by East West Partners in Aug. 2020. We've not seen any updates since then. Click the image to view a more detailed version.
  • 8/19/20 - Affected Makai Woods Golf Course within Princeville.
  • The Makai Woods Golf Course holes 1-3 where the proposed "Glamping" development has been proposed by Starwood Capital Group.



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