Celebration at Waimea Valley
Thursday May 20, 2010
We were honored by the presence of Rory Wicks, from Coast Law Group, and Tom Brohard, our traffic expert, both visiting from California. John Gray, who coined the term "Keep the Country Country" back in the 70s, flew in from Thailand to join the festivities.
Reverend Bob Nakata provided the invocation. Lucky Cole gave noted the contributions of key players over the years, including Creighton and Cathleen Mattoon, DeeDee Letts, Nakata, Defend Oahu Coalition, and our great legal team. A great applause went out in memory of Jeff Johnson, the person most responsible for forming KNSC.
Gil Riviere thanked everyone for their continuing support and reminded them that this legal battle is not the end of the story, but one important step for the community to be engaged in the future plans for the resort.
Here are some pictures from the celebration. - 5/20/10
The Pikake Pavilion in Waimea Valley was filled with hundreds of happy supporters on Friday Evening, May 14, 2010. Four years after the latest chapter in the Turtle Bay Resort expansion plan surfaced and a month after the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled for KNSC and Sierra Club, people were ready to celebrate.
We Win! Supreme Court Orders SEIS!
Thursday April 08, 2010
On April 8, 2010, the Hawaii Supreme Court rendered a strong Opinion in support of our case for a supplemental EIS. Here is the news roundup.
Honolulu Star Bulletin
Pacific Business News
The Garden Island
Beach Access Hawaii
Regarding Kuilima's Uncertainty
Tuesday March 30, 2010
Read the entire March 11th essay at Hawaii Reporter. - 03/30/10
Kuilima Resort Company's press releases about the creditors taking control of the resort in lieu of foreclosure miss the point entirely. The expansion of the Turtle Bay Resort from about 500 rooms to 4000 resort units is overwhelming unpopular because of the potentially catastrophic impacts such an expansion would cause on the North Shore community.
New Owner or the Same Creditors?
Wednesday February 24, 2010
A new holding company formally took ownership of theTurtle Bay Resort this week. After more than two years in foreclosure, the creditors behind the action have formally taken control. Oaktree Capital Management walks away from the resort and 469 acres of farm land mauka of Kamehameha Hwy in exchange for $400 million they borrowed in 2005.
Land Use Commission Battle Continues
Wednesday February 24, 2010
Defend Oahu Coalition has been pursuing a motion to show cause why the 1986 Conditional Zoning Change should not be rescinded on 236 acres at the Turtle Bay Resort. On February 4, 2010, the Land Use commissiont considered denying the motion and, alternatively, modifying the ordinance to place a time limit going forward. After two years of consideration, the LUC still has not been able to decide on a course of action.
HPR at Kawela Bay
Friday January 08, 2010
reports on the beauty of Kawela Bay for Hawaii Public Radio. - 1/8/10