POSTED: 12:39 p.m. HST, Dec 7, 2011
The City Council today approved permit requests for the $760 million expansion of the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
The special management and planned development-resort permits for the expansion project both were approved unanimously over objections raised by a family that leases a portion of the land under the Diamond Head Tower to Hilton.
The Mun family says its property was included as part of the project without its approval, attorney Cal Chipchase IV said. He sought a deferral of the permits to give the parties more time to settle issues related to the Muns' access to their property, which they contend would be affected by the development.
Councilman Ikaika Anderson, the Council's Zoning Committee chairman, urged the parties to continue working on an agreement as the project moves forward. Chipchase said he would discuss the matter with his clients to see how they would like to proceed.
The expansion would add 550 time-share units, swimming pools, parking and expanded retail space to the Hilton's 22-acre resort, which consists of seven hotel and time-share towers.