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HoKua Place Developer Withdraws From Building in Kauai

Engy Naguib

An Illinois development firm withdrew its petition to the Land Use Commission that asked to convert 96 acres of agricultural land for a housing development in Kapaʻa, Kauaʻi.

The project, called HoKua Place, would have become Kauai’s largest development.

The developer was Roche Enterprises and they were doing business as HG Kauai Joint Venture LLC. They presented the HoKua Place project to the LUC at a May 13 meeting, but commissioners Gary Okuda and Dan Giovanni moved to dismiss the petition. The LUC would have taken up the motion on June 10, but may not discuss the motion to withdraw.

Critics said the developer failed to address its impacts to traffic, wastewater, drinking water, solid waste disposal, nearshore waters, streams, wetlands and Hawaiian cultural practices.

Liko Martin from the LUC said in a press release, “I'm pleased this Illinois developer withdrew their petition. I credit the Commission for its diligent and careful attention in scrutinizing whether this project was really in the best interest of our community.”

Zoe Dym is a news producer at Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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