San Francisco based windfarm partner eyes Hana Ranch $55M

Wind farm partner eyes Hana Ranch July 11, 2012
By NANEA KALANI -The Maui News

The San Francisco-based investment firm co-developing a planned wind farm on Molokai says that it is interested in buying Hana Ranch in rural East Maui.

Bio-Logical Capital – which describes itself as a land investment, development and conservation company – said Tuesday that it is exploring the purchase of the 4,500-acre ranch that surrounds Hana town.

“As a company that is committed to making long-term investments in projects that heal land and communities through stewardship development, Bio-Logical Capital is interested in historic Hana Ranch as a place where it could realize these goals and continue the legacy of this remarkable ranch,” the company said in a statement provided to The Maui News.

Hana Ranch is listed for sale for $55 million by Island Sotheby’s International Realty. Owner Hana Ranch Partners originally put it on the market for $65 million in 2008.


San Francisco attorney Harrison Sheppard, a member of the executive committee of Hana Ranch Partners, said he had no comment on a potential sale to Bio-Logical.

“We are subject to a confidentiality agreement,” Sheppard said. In general, he said, the ranch is “looking for a buyer who has the money to buy the ranch at a price we can accept.”

Keiki-Pua Dancil, vice president for Bio-Logical Capital’s Hawaii operations, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

The real estate listing for the property describes the ranch as having “nearly two miles of oceanfront property, located in one of the last places in Hawaii untouched by the stresses of urbanization and over-development. Evocative of yesterday’s Hawaii, Hana is famous for its scenic location and idyllic isolation, combined with a rural atmosphere and small town friendliness.”

The ranch’s landholdings include more than 3,800 acres mauka of the roadway that meanders through the town, and another 667 acres on the makai side. Most of the land is rolling pasturelands.

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey in 2002 bought about 105 acres in Hana from Hana Ranch Partners for $15.5 million. (Winfrey bought another 1,000 acres of Haleakala Ranch land in Upcountry in 2004.)

Hana Ranch, with about 1,200 head of cattle today, was founded in 1944 by Paul Fagan with 14,000 acres of land and a herd of cattle from Molokai. It has since changed hands several times.

Hana Ranch and Hotel Hana-Maui were bought in 1984 by Rosewood Corp. of Texas, which in turn sold the properties for $63 million to Keola Hana-Maui, made up of mostly Japanese investors.

Meridian Financial Resources bought the ranch and hotel in 2000 and split the entities up, selling the ranch in 2001 to Hana Ranch Partners for $24 million, and the hotel to Passport Resorts of California for $10.6 million.

Ohana Hotel Co. bought the hotel in 2009 and sold it the following year to Amstar Group of Denver, which has renamed the luxury resort Travassa Hana.

It’s unclear what Bio-Logical Capital would do with Hana Ranch.

The company’s website says that it “invests for the long term and integrates sustainable, land-based businesses with ecological restoration and conservation.” Under a “what we do” tab, the company lists: sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, water stewardship, real estate and eco-tourism.

Bio-Logical Capital and Pattern Energy, also based in San Francisco, last year formed the joint venture Molokai Renewables LLC to study the feasibility of developing a 200-megawatt wind farm on Molokai.

The company has said the controversial project could include roughly 70 large wind turbines sited on 11,000 acres of Molokai Ranch land.

An earlier attempt by First Wind to build a wind farm on Molokai fell through last year when the company failed to secure land rights for the project.

The Molokai project would be one-half of the state’s so-called Big Wind project that would join another 200-megawatt wind farm planned for Lanai. The farms would feed the energy to Oahu through undersea transmission cables.

This blog post is a reprint of the Maui News “Article Wind farm partner eyes Hana Ranch” printed July 11, 2012 LINK By NANEA KALANI

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“Changing Tides” an important 2012 Maui Film Festival Selection

“Changing Tides,” A Film on Hawaii’s Marine Debris Issues
Premiers at the 2012 Maui Film Festival: Saturday, June 16, 2012.4:00pm.

The Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM), Positive H2O (+H2O) and Surfrider Foundation teamed up with award winning filmmaker Danny Miller to produce the new document…ary, CHANGING TIDES. This 15 minute film was officially selected for the 2012 Maui Film Festival. It was 100% filmed in Hawaii, yet it brings the issue of oceanic garbage into a global dialogue, where ideas are formed and solutions proposed.

Click to view the trailer. LINK TO YOU TUBE VIDEO TRAILER OF CHANGING TIDES

The engaging story is told through the eyes of Hawaiian kapuna, professional watermen, scientists, and volunteers who share their passion for the ocean and what they are doing to protect it. Their stories bring us an in-depth look at oceanic garbage in the Pacific, and what it means for residents of Hawai’i and other Pacific islands impacted by the waste. CHANGING TIDES dispels the myths and demonstrates the real dangers of the Northern Pacific Gyre and provides solutions that individuals can take to decrease their plastic footprint.

The film will be shown at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center on June 16. Positive H2O and Surfrider will be holding a beach cleanup at Launiupoko Beach from 9-12 with a free lunch from Lulu’s afterwards. Bring your boards to enjoy our clean water playground after the cleanup. SLIM, +H2O, and Surfrider invite the Maui community to join us for the clean-up and lunch at Launiupoko, and at the MACC that evening to see our film, Changing Tides.

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Maui News Article Update on Kihei Mall Project


Recently there has been a lot of discussion about the decision to move forward with the plans of implementing a large shopping complex in Kihei located Mauka side of the Piilani Hwy at the Kaonoulu St intersection. These plans were approved back in 1999 but actual development was set to begin this year. Although I encourage “smart growth” in communities when there is a demand for expansion to accommodate a growing population on Maui, I personally don’t see a need for an additional development of this magnitude in Kihei. I do appreciate the voices of groups like The Maui Tomorrow Foundation and South Maui Citizens for Responsible Growth who are encouraging the county to address the design of the development and how it can be adjusted for 2012 traffic, lifestyle, and preservation of our beautiful aina.

Below is the article recently featured in “The Maui News”:
LINK TO ARTICLE ON MAUI NEWS SITE
Appeals filed to put ‘halt’ to malls project
Initial OK does not match what’s being developed, resident of Kihei, groups say
By BRIAN PERRY – City Editor

KIHEI – Community groups and a South Maui resident have filed appeals with state and county agencies to put the brakes on two megamall shopping complexes planned in Kihei, mauka of the Piilani Highway-Kaonoulu Street intersection.

The Maui Tomorrow Foundation, South Maui Citizens for Responsible Growth and Kihei resident Daniel Kanahele contend that the light industrial project approved in 1999 for then-landowner Kaonoulu Ranch is not what’s being developed by current owner Eclipse Development Group, said foundation Executive Director Irene Bowie.

“We’re trying to halt the project until the requirements that were placed on it are met and reasonable measures are taken to decide whether this is a smart project for South Maui,” Bowie said Monday.

Project consultant Charlie Jencks could not be reached for comment Monday afternoon.

Bowie said appeals were filed with the county Board of Variances and Appeals last week and with the state Land Use Commission on Monday.

The action comes in the wake of Eclipse Development’s plans to build a 300,000-square-foot project, Maui Outlets, on 30 acres and a 400,000-square-foot shopping center, Piilani Promenade, on approximately 68 acres, according to the developer’s website. Both projects are expected to add about 90 stores and restaurants to South Maui and add more than 1,200 jobs. The developer’s website lauds the projects’ locations adjacent to the planned Kihei-Upcountry highway.

And, “with more than three quarters of a mile of frontage along one of Maui’s busiest highways (Piilani), the site sees roughly 38,000 cars per day,” the website says. “This figure is expected to double once the expansion of the Upcountry road is completed, conveniently connecting Maui Outlets to the area’s residential market and on to nearby Kahului. In fact, the addition of right-turn lanes along Piilani Highway and the installation of two signalized intersections added along Kaonoulu Street will truly make the Maui Outlets’ site ‘Main and Main.’ ”

Because the project was approved in the late 1990s, it appeared early this year to be ready to seek building and grading permits.

But Bowie said the groups challenging the plans to begin construction believe a new traffic study needs to be done. A study was done in the 1990s when the project was a light industrial park, not a large commercial development, she said.

The traffic study “definitely needs to be updated,” she said.

A condition imposed by the state Land Use Commission required a frontage road and connector roads for the project, but “there isn’t anything that shows that in the plans the Planning Department has,” Bowie said.

She said the Kihei-Makena Community Plan requires all retail development to be on the makai side of Piilani Highway, while the Eclipse project is mauka of the highway.

“The public needs to be heard on this,” Bowie said. “There needs to be a public hearing.”

“The community is frustrated because Eclipse Development has so far refused to engage in any public discussion of the shopping center,” she said.

When a development is proposed and approved as a light industrial project and later is being developed as a large commercial project, “it’s something that shouldn’t fall through the cracks,” she said.

Language in the Land Use Commission’s approval of the project required that if there were a change of use in the proposed project that it should return to the commission for review, she said.

“We are looking for administrative relief,” Bowie said of the groups’ appeals to the state and county agencies. “Hopefully, that will be satisfactory.”

Groups challenging the project also are concerned about what Bowie describes as “acres of hard-surface parking lot in a flood plain.”

“This doesn’t seem like a smart way to go forward,” she said.

It was unclear if site work has begun on the project, Bowie said, although she reported seeing “some bulldozers on the project site.”

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MAUI COUNTY RECYCLING SURVEY

You most likely have heard the ad on the raido lately from Hana Steel the recycling coordinator for Maui County Recyling regarding county assisted pick up for recycling… aka the 3-Can Plan.

Please do take a moment to fill out the survey and contribute your thoughts to how we can best manage waste on Maui.

LINK TO SURVEY

The County of Maui is planning to implement curbside recycling at no additional charge to refuse subscribers. Curbside recycling will begin as a pilot project in two select neighborhoods on Maui. The start date and neighborhoods have yet to be determined. The Dept. of Environmental Management will use the information gathered in phase of the program and this survey as a planning tool for future County-wide curbside recycling. The 3 can plan will take replace twice a week automated refuse collection. Each household will be given a wheeled cart for rubbish, one wheeled cart for compost and one wheeled cart for recycling.

The 3 can plan system works like this: Rubbish is collected once a week, every week, with alternating collection of organics and recycling.

Here is a map and link if you want to take advantage of the existing recycling centers
Where can I recycle?

Here are other helpful links regarding Recycling on Maui County:
www.mauicounty.gov/recycling

Recycling Hotline at (808) 270-7880

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Maui News Article: New Kihei Mall

Kihei mall project touted as ‘job generator’
Calif. developer aims to start work in spring on state’s largest outlet center

Maui News Article
By CHRIS HAMILTON

KIHEI – A California developer wants to begin construction this spring on a shopping center that would be the largest outlet mall in Hawaii.

The 300,000-square-foot first phase of the project, Maui Outlets, would be located on 30 acres mauka of Piilani Highway and would generate an estimated 1,200 retail jobs, according to Eclipse Development Group LLC, of Irvine, Calif. A second, 400,000-square-foot shopping center is planned for an adjacent 45-acre parcel. When both phases are completed the project would add around 90 shops and restaurants to South Maui.

The site straddles the terminus of the planned Upcountry highway. Zoning and land-use entitlements are in place for the project, which is located on former Kaonoulu Ranch land.

As a condition of approvals, developers have agreed to provide land for the Upcountry highway, and make improvements to the Kaonoulu Street intersection.

“We are thrilled the project will not only bring additional shopping opportunities to both local residents and the island’s visitor market, but that the outlet center will bring more than 1,200 jobs to the region,” said Eclipse President Doug Gray in an email.

He said the company would start announcing its tenants in the coming months.

“This is a tremendous job generator in the middle of a recession,” Gray said.

Maui County Council Member Don Couch, who holds the council’s South Maui seat, acknowledged that some residents had raised concerns about the project, and said he was still trying to get more information.

“I haven’t formed an opinion yet because we don’t know what it is, and they’re not talking to us,” Couch said.Couch added that he already had some questions about the project’s design, and didn’t like that the shopping center’s sprawling parking lot would be located in front of the main buildings.
He said the current thinking in urban planning is to create more of a small-town feel, with green space and walkways, and parking located out of sight.

“We can’t please everyone; however, I think most residents will be pleased with the development and tenants,” Gray said. “If we let a committee develop a site, it never would get built. When the community wants to risk $200 million in this economy; they can become developers.”

“We expect to be part of the community for a long time; and have bicycle and walking paths along all the roads.”

Eclipse will devote $20 million just for infrastructure, said Charlie Jencks, its local consultant.

Jencks said a 13-acre affordable housing subdivision being developed in conjunction with his 670-acre Honuaula project would benefit from the mall’s new intersection, roads and planned 1-million-gallon water tank.

“Eclipse has a reputation,” Jencks said. “They have done this so many times in so many places, I’m sure it’s going to be successful. They know how to get things done.”

He also said the stores will cut down on traffic in Kihei by saving South Maui residents shopping trips to Central Maui. As a result, Central Maui’s traffic will be less congested, Jencks said.

But Couch questioned whether the project could actually bring additional traffic to the already-crowded Piilani Highway.

He also questioned the need for such a large outlet mall on an island with 155,000 people.

But Mayor Alan Arakawa expressed strong support for the project.

“We need the jobs,” Arakawa said. “We’re going to be supporting businesses that create jobs.”

Arakawa said he met with Eclipse about six months ago to help fast-track building permits. Streamlining permitting is an administration goal, and Eclipse received no special treatment, he said.

Arakawa also said he hasn’t seen the plans. Still, he said he thought the shopping center won’t have any negative visual impact because of the landscaping. It’s next to the proposed Kihei high school, too, and other planned housing developments.

“I haven’t seen the specifics because it’s a shopping complex,” said Arakawa, who expects more details once the leases are signed.

Jencks said Eclipse purchased the property a year ago from Maui Industrial Partners, where he was a partner.”The heavy lifting was done long before we bought this land,” Gray said. “It was in the entitlement process for over 14 years.”

The ranch devoted about half of the 1990s to getting all the necessary environmental impact studies done as well as county zoning and state land use designation changes and Maalaea-to-Makena community plan amendments for light industrial development, said county Planning Director William Spence and others.
“Sometimes, it’s time to move ahead,” Spence said.

Arakawa said the County Council and the community set this land aside years ago for exactly this kind of use someday to discourage urban sprawl.There are people who want the malls, and those who don’t,” Couch said. “It’s Maui.”

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Article from this Blog post is originally from The Maui News.

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Public Remarks MLS:
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Energy Pyramid: Guide to Energy Efficient Living

BENEFITS OF MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES ISLAND WIDE

Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency are presently the most powerful tools in our transition to a clean energy future. As depicted in the Energy Pyramid, renewable energy is an important piece of our energy future, but the largest opportunities are currently in energy conservation and efficiency.

Renewable energy and energy efficiency investments carry remarkable benefits including lower environmental impact, greater price stability, and greater energy security, when compared to investments in fossil fuel generation. In addition to those substantial benefits common to all clean energy solutions, Community Energy has several distinct advantages including:

*Greater economic benefit to local communities
*Increased local awareness and involvement in clean energy
*Communities are strengthened through their collaborative efforts


Maui’s Kaheawa Wind Farm provides 9% of Maui’s Energy


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