Mauna Lani Shopping Center Coming Soon
by Beautiful Big Island Properties
shopping in paradise is about to get even better as the
Beautiful Big Island will soon have another shopping
The Mauna Lani Shopping and dining experience at the
Mauna Lani Resort will soon be able to offer more dining
and shopping options for residents and visitors. The new
center will add 20,000 square feet with space for
restaurants, retail shops, offices and self-storage
The Leeward Planning Commission approved a rezoning
proposal last week that cleared a path for a new
development at the Mauna Lani Resort in South Kohala. The
development will cover 20,000 square feet and create a
space to support offices, retail outlets, restaurants and
self-storage units. Cory Redding of Salem,
Oregon-based CD Redding Construction spoke on
behalf of the development at the planning commission
meeting Thursday. He characterized the development as a
mixed use shopping center and said its start
date was June 01.
Redding and his partners submitted an application
requesting the commission rezone a roughly 1.75-acre
parcel designated for agricultural purposes and render it
eligible for commercial-industrial mixed use. The
proposal passed unanimously Thursday morning by a vote of
7-0, as did a request for special management area use
permit. The SMA use permit incorporates an existing
structure and parking lot on the parcel, while also
allowing for the addition of two more buildings and an
expanded parking area
The proposals will next come before the County Council
with the recommendations of the planning commission. If
the council signs off, the development will proceed.
I think this is a great project, said
commissioner Nancy Carr Smith. I think it will
serve a need in the Mauna Lani Area.
Chair Keith Unger echoed her sentiments, applauding the
developers for tidying up the road frontage in the area
while also urging them to remain mindful of nearby
Redding expressed no concern about the projects
ability to comply with regulations set forth by the State
Historic Preservation Division, an arm of the Department
of Land and Natural Resources.
The only issue addressed during testimony was the
possibility of the shopping center to hook up with the
Mauna Lani sewer system. If developers cant
establish a link, the plan will be to instead create an
on-site septic system.
If such a shift in plans proves necessary, the greatest
impact to the project will likely be that each building
on the property will only support one restaurant, as
dining establishments tend to demand a significantly
greater water source than offices or storage units.
The land parcel was purchased from the Tokyu Corporation,
headquartered out of Shibuya, Tokyo in Japan, which owns
the Mauna Lani Resort, Redding said.