Ko‘olau Land Partners, LLC, is seeking regulatory approval for a residential and agricultural development in Kāne‘ohe called “Wailele O Ko‘olau.” The proposed project would consist of 210 residential lots and 16 agricultural lots.
The Project area extends mauka from the Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Garden and the existing Keapuka residential subdivision to the base of the Ko‘olau Range (see attached maps). The Project area straddles the H-3 Interstate Highway and Likelike Highway. The present development plan generally consists of market (33.7 acres) and affordable residential lots (30.5 acres) in Area 1 and 3, an open park area (11.4 acres) makai of the H-3 Interstate Highway in Area 2, agricultural lots with clustered with residential housing (143.6 acres) mauka of the H-3 Interstate Highway in Area 4, and agricultural use of Area 5 mauka of Likelike Highway, and a large portion (372.6 acres) preserving the Ko‘olau Mountain Range.
A draft Cultural Impact Assessment has identified several significant sites on the proposed project area. The city and the developer are reviewing the assessment and will have to decide whether to go ahead with the Archaeological Inventory Survey.
If the developer decides to pursue this project, they will be required to make a presentation to the Kāne’ohe Neighborhood Board meeting, and seek a boundary amendment from the Land Use Commission to redesignate ‘preservation’ and ‘agricultural’ parcels to ‘urban.’