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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 (NEW 09/25)
(NEW 09/25) - Summary notes from the 9/16/21 PHCA Board Meeting.
This was a rather contentious meeting run by PHCA's hired parliamentarian where the Board's update on Starwood Capital and glamping was read by GM Maylette Garcess with little opportunity for the community to ask questions. There were statements by the Board noting the ongoing legal petition by individual residents to the Hawaii Court asking for declarative judgment on the sole issue of whether glamping is ancillary to golf.
(NEW 09/25) - Extended Notes of the 9/16/21 PHCA Board Meeting - THE REST OF THE STORY
This is the Board’s statement read by the GM Maylette Garces with SOS Hui editorial notes notes where we believe clarification is necessary. Note the reference to the ongoing legal petition by individual residents to the Hawaii Court asking for declarative judgment on the sole issue of whether glamping is ancillary to golf.
9/14/21 - Bill 2822 was UNANIMOUSLY PASSED by the Planning Commission.
This was a GOOD DAY TODAY! The Kauaʻi County Planning Commission unanimously passed Bill 2822 which when signed into law by Mayor Derek Kawakami will no longer allow "developed campgrounds" on Open-zoned space. In addition, it also would only allow "developed camping" in resort zoned land and not in commercial space. This was a big step in helping save Kauaʻi's open space.
9/10/21 - 9/14/21 Planning Commission hearing on Bill 2822 (no developed camping / "glamping" on zoned Open Space)
This will be one of the most important Planning Commission meetings you can watch and to which you can submit testimony. Bill 2822 has been making its way through the Planning Department and if passed, would stop Commercial Developed Campgrounds from being constructed on zoned Open land. This could stop Starwood Capital's efforts to develop "glamping" in Princeville.
8/22/21 - Summary notes from the 8/19/21 PHCA Board Meeting
General Manager Maylette Garces read a statement (read the full text by clicking on above title) from the BoD. Mr. Glanstein, the hired parliamentarian, announced that no answers would be given (on this or other topics). We have several questions that need answering and comments on the legal proceedings mentioned in the BoD's statement.
7/18/21 - Summary Notes from the 7/15/21 PHCA Board Meeting
PHCA President Sam George reported the Board and its attorneys continue to meet and discuss a community benefits package with Starwood Captial Group (SCG). A number of community members asked questions of the board which are noted here. SCG VP. Jason Cruce reiterated that profit motive was the primary reason for SCG's desire to develop glamping on the Makai Woods golf course, currently zoned Open Land and which the SOSHui is fighting so hard to keep Open.
7/14/21 - Summary of the 7/13/21 Planning Commission public hearing on Bill 2822
The outcome of the Tues. July 13th public hearing at the Planning Commission did not go as well as we had hoped. Despite numerous people speaking in favor of Bill 2822, AND 141 emails submitted to the Planning Commission in support of the bill, the result of the meeting was a deferral to the Commission’s September 14, 2021 meeting. Click on the title to read more about the meeting and view a shortened video of it and the testimonials.
6/19/21 - Summary Notes from the 6/17/21 PHCA Board Meeting
Maylette Garces gave the update to as many as 108 Zoomed in community members on the situation with Starwood Capital Group’s efforts to develop 3 projects – 2 parking lots, 6 private homes and, of course, the commercial Developed Campground/resort expansion on the Woods 1-3. The Board voted to REJECT the May 1st proposal from Starwood Capital. Daniel Ersoy made an impassioned testimonial to the Board supporting Open Space.
6/16/21 - Summary notes from Starwood Capital Group's VP Jason Cruce's presentation at the Makai Golf Club
This is a summary of the highlights from the presentation given by Jason Cruce outlining the latest proposed expanded development plans which now include building houses on the bluff beside the 1 Hotel complex. This is in addition to the proposed "glamping" development on Princeville's dedicated Open Spaces. Open the details to find a link to the full 2hr meeting video made available by SCG.
5/24/21 - Summary Notes from the 5/20/21 PHCA Board Meeting attended by Jason Cruce, VP Starwood Capital.
These glamping only summary notes are from the May 20th, 2021 PHCA BOD meeting at which PHCA President Sam George presented the May 1st, 2021 proposal from Starwood Capital that the PHCA had recently received. In addition, he pointed attendees to a sales/FAQ document also recently supplied by Starwood Capital Group. There was a lot of back-n-forth with Jason Cruce, VP Starwood Capital, (Los Angeles - 310-800-4570 - JCruce@starwood.com), who at one point simply stated, "Princeville can take it or leave it." regarding Starwood Capital's offers to PHCA in exchange for PHCA's support in their building a glamping site on the Makai Woods Golf Course and additional housing development. Mr Cruce also made it perfectly clear that Starwood Capital was an investment company, and their goal was to turn over the Princeville properties which could even happen before 2026.


Published Articles (The Garden Island, CivilBeat.org, Etc.)
4/24/21 - Celebrating Mother Earth
Written by a Princeville resident celebrating Earth Day, 2021.
By Princeville resident, Lorraine Mull; Archived PDF


Past emails sent to the SOS Hui News email list

7/1/21 - Asking Kaua‘i Planning Commission to support Bill 2822.
July 1st, 2021

Aloha, Kaua‘i -

There’s an important Planning Commission Public Hearing on Draft Bill 2822 scheduled for July 13, 2021. See the information below on how you can participate and/or submit your comments to the Planning Commission (Agenda PDF) by Friday, July 9th, 2021.

When passed, Bill 2822 will prevent commercial Developed Campgrounds on Open zoned space. Non-commercial camping would not be affected. This will help protect open space across Kaua‘i. More detailed information on this important Bill is below.

Learn more about Bill 2822 OR read the Bill itself (PDF).

    Please support this Bill by sending the Planning Commission your reasons for keeping Kaua‘i's open space OPEN. We have created an email template that you can use when sending your comments to the Commission or you can send them directly to: planningdepartment@kauai.gov referencing Bill 2822 by 7/9/21.
    As follow up on President Sam Georgeʻs statement at the April 15th, 2021 meeting that the Board supports Bill 2822, we are also asking that the PHCA BoD now submit their written support for Bill 2822 to the Planning Commission.

    We have created an email template that goes to the PHCA Board asking that they send a letter of commitment to Bill 2822 to the Planning Commission. Or, you can send your own email directly to the BoD, c/o Maylette Garces GM, maylette@princevillecommunity.com by 7/9/21.
This is a seminal point in our continuing effort to keep Kaua‘iʻs Open Space, open, and in the case of Princeville, to keep the Investment Company, Starwood Capital Group, from converting existing golf course Open Space into its proposed 50 tent “Developed Camping”/glamping, hotel expansion.

We understand this will take a little of your time, but we truly appreciate all of your past and current efforts in this challenge to Kaua‘iʻs Open Space.

Mahalo for your continuing support of Open Spaces!

Bill 2822 Protects Kaua‘i Open Space!

Open Space is vitally important to every resident of Kaua‘i. We must protect Open Space for the quality of life on our island, both now and for generations to come. Voice your support of Bill 2822 to the Planning Commission to preserve our environment, the beauty of the island, and to reduce the negative impacts of unrestricted tourism.

WHAT IT DOES: Bill 2822 prohibits “commercial Developed Campgrounds” on Open zoned property; it allows commercial Developed Campgrounds on Resort or Commercial-zoned properties. Non-commercial camping would not be affected.

HOW IT WORKS: The bill clearly defines the terms “developed campgrounds” and “undeveloped campgrounds” in Chapter 8, Section 8-1.5, Kaua‘i County Code 1987, and clarifies where these campgrounds are permitted. It basically closes a loophole in commercial transient accommodation uses in the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (“CZO”).

HOW IT HAPPENED: Bill 2822, introduced by Council members Mason Chock and Luke Evslin, was unanimously passed by the Kaua‘i County Council on first reading at its April 8, 2021 regular meeting and referred to the Planning Commission for review.

Email or write your comments & testimony to the Planning Commission by 7/9/21, outlining why you feel it's so important for Kauai to keep its existing zoned Open space, open. We have created an email template you can use.

Because Bill 2822 is written to encompass all of Kaua‘i, we recommend positioning your open space arguments with that in mind rather than just talking about open space within Princeville.

Email: planningdepartment@kauai.gov.
Write: Planning Commission c/o County Kaua‘i Planning Department,
4444 Rice Street, Suite A473 Līhu‘e, HI 96766
Phone: (808) 241-4050; Fax: (808) 241-6699

Attend the Planning Commission’s online meeting on July 13, 2021, at 9 a.m. and give oral testimony or simply listen in. View the hearing agenda (PDF).

Dial into: Microsoft Teams Audio: +1-469-848-0234, Conference ID: 889 153 263# to hear testimony and comments from all interested persons regarding Bill 2822.



Email Templates for quickly sending emails
9/5/21 - Email Template for the 9/14/21 Planning Commission expressing your support for Bill 2822.
The Kauai Planning Commission will hear public testimony on the merits of proposed Bill 2822 on Tuesday 9/14/21. The SOS Hui fully supports the Bill as it better defines "Developed Campgrounds" and specifically states that they are NOT ALLOWED in Open or Residential zoned areas. If Bill 2822 passes into law, it will make "glamping" illegal on Open zoned lands, which includes the Makai Golf Course. We have created an email template you can use to email your comments to the Planning Commission and the County Council.
7/1/21 - Email Template to the County Planning Commission expressing your support for Bill 2822.
The Kauai Planning Commission will hear public testimony on the merits of proposed Bill 2822 on 7/13/21. The SOS Hui fully supports the Bill as it better defines "Developed Campgrounds" and specifically states that they are NOT ALLOWED in Open or Residential zoned areas. If Bill 2822 passes into law, it will make "glamping" illegal on Open zoned lands, which includes the Makai Golf Course. We have created an email template you can use to email your comments to the Planning Commission.
7/1/21 - Email Template to the PHCA Board of Directors requesting they support County Bill 2822.
Please fill out the short email template and send it (or create your own) requesting the PHCA BoD support County Bill 2822 at the 7/13/21 County Planning Commission public hearing where it will be discussed and open to public testimony.
6/13/21 - Email Template to the PHCA BoD before their 6/16/21 Execute Meeting.
We believe the PHCA Board of Directors is planning to vote soon on whether to support Starwood Capital Group’s plans to expand the 1 Hotel resort onto the Makai Woods golf course and elsewhere. We ask all concerned Princeville citizens (PV-1 and PV- 2) to contact them asking them to save all Open Space and oppose this development plan. Use this short email template or write your own email to send to the PHCA Board of Directors before their 6/16/21 Executive Meeting.
4/10/21 - 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.


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.

Glamping images
  • 6/9/21 - Does Starwood Capital not know it rains "a lot" on the North Shore?
  • This is what happens to "campers" on Kauai's north shore. Imagine "glampers" in the middle of the Makai Woods golf course waking up to one of our downpours.
  • 5/20/21 - Proposed "glamping" development, Version #3, 5/20/21
  • This version of Starwood Capital's proposed glamping development on the Makai Woods holes 1-3 is virtually the same as that proposed in December, 2020. It was made public at the 5/20/21 PHCA BOD meeting attended by Jason Cruce, VP Starwood Capital Group. Cruce noted the only design changes were the removal of their originally proposed "gathering spaces". The placement of the 50 tent sites was unchanged.
  • 5/20/21 - Proposed two story garage on existing Makai parking area.
  • Starwood Capital, at the 5/20/21 PHCA BOD meeting, made public their proposal to build a new (2) story parking structure on the lower level of the existing Makai Golf Club parking lot allowing for a total of 400 vehicle stalls.
  • 5/20/21 - Starwood Capital proposed new hotel/housing development next to the 1Hotel parking area.
  • Starwood Capital made public at the 5/20/21 PHCA BOD meeting, their proposed development of up to (24) new hotel units or (6) single-family new homes surrounding the current parking facility for the 1Hotel guests. This was in addition to the 50 glamping sites they proposed for the Makai Wood holes 1-3.
  • 5/20/21 - Latest version of proposed glamping tent.
  • This image came from the sales/FAQ materials presented by Starwood Capital at the 5/20/21 PHCA BOD meeting. It represents their latest tent rendition of what they anticipate building for glaming houseing.
  • 4/15/21 - 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.
  • 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.


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