Turtle Bay Resort is set on over 840 acres. The existing hotel occupies just 34 acres. We are unable to expand facilities for services to visitors and the surrounding community without first creating an updated environmental analysis – formally called a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS). Before undertaking the SEIS however, it is important to first create a new resort master plan – the Comprehensive Plan for SEIS purposes. In crafting this plan, the goal has been to balance the interests of the community, the environment and the investors. With this in mind, and through extensive community outreach, we developed the following objectives.
The SEIS will address the impacts of the Comprehensive Plan on the SEIS Lands, the near shore area, and the surrounding region to the extent required by law. The Proposed Action constitutes the activities to be undertaken by the Applicant, its successors, and assignees to implement the Comprehensive Plan as it relates to the SEIS Lands.
The SEIS will address the impacts of the Comprehensive Development Plan on the SEIS Lands, the near shore water, and the surrounding region to the extent required by law. The Proposed Action constitutes the activities to be undertaken by the Applicant to implement the Comprehensive Plan as it relates to the SEIS Lands.
The Goal of the Comprehensive Plan for Turtle Bay is to develop and manage the Turtle Bay Lands in a holistic manner drawing inspiration from the traditional ahupua‘a model of sustainability and respect for the environmental, cultural, social, and economic elements.
The resort will be developed and managed in a manner sensitive to its unique location on the northern tip of O‘ahu. Many people are drawn to the recreational, scenic, cultural and social experience of Ko‘olau Loa and the North Shore. Turtle Bay will provide a limited number of quality accommodations and resort homes for those wanting to stay a few days or much longer.
Objectives of the Comprehensive Plan for Turtle Bay include the following:
- Operate the resort as a place that will be equally welcoming to locals from neighboring communities as to visitors from afar.
A focal point of the resort will be an intimate central gathering place that serves as a social, cultural and economic hub for Ko‘olau Loa and the North Shore.
- Provide enhanced access to the shoreline for residents, visitors and locals from nearby communities by the provision of additional parks, shoreline access points and a shoreline trail interconnecting them.
- Enhance and protect the environment with specific attention to Punaho‘olapa Marsh, Kawela Bay, and the Agricultural Lands.
- Punaho‘olapa Marsh – the existing wetlands will be enhanced to provide improved habitat for water birds. A park for bird watching will be established adjacent to the marsh.
- Kawela Bay – Kawela Stream will be diverted from Kawela Bay into Turtle Bay, its original outlet, to improve the water quality in Kawela Bay. The Applicant will pursue the establishment of a marine life conservation area in Kawela Bay.
- Agricultural Lands – Mauka of Kamehameha Highway, the Comprehensive Plan includes the creation of storm water retention basins to reduce the impact on near shore water quality of storm water runoff from Turtle Bay Lands and the mountains above.
- Manage development, construction and ongoing operations in a manner sensitive to the environment and respectful to the host Hawaiian culture.
- Ensure the long-term preservation of the Agricultural Lands through the implementation of a conservation easement on the Agricultural Lands.
An agricultural management plan will be developed to improve agricultural practices, provide farmers with long term leases and increased opportunities to bring their product to market and to create community gardens. Agricultural operations will be better integrated with resort operations creating farm to table opportunities, along with a permanent farmer’s market location, and agri-tourism opportunities for resort guests.
- To provide critical development mass at the resort to ensure its economic viability and the social and cultural vitality of the resort, concentrate most of the development in the ahupua‘a of Hanaka‘oe with two new hotel sites adjacent to the existing hotel and condominium properties.
Development in the ahupua‘a of ‘Ōpana-Kawela and Kahuku will be limited to much lower density resort residential and community housing properties only.
- Assist with local housing needs by providing additional housing units affordable to members of the local community beyond what is presently required.
- Integrate the resort into the fabric and daily activities of the local community.
The resort will provide significant employment and business opportunities for locals along with a reasonable economic return on the capital investment in the resort. All of this will be achieved with respect for the host Hawaiian culture, community concerns, and concern for the protection of the sensitive coastal environment.