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Land Use Commission asked to rule on Turtle Bay expansion

By Andrew Gomes

LAST UPDATED: 02:15 p.m. HST, Jun 18, 2013

The Defend Oahu Coalition is reviving an effort to block expansion of Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore.

The community organization filed a motion today with the state Land Use Commission asking that the agency hold a hearing to determine whether the commission’s 1986 approval to develop the resort on what had been farmland should be invalidated.

Defend Oahu argues that the resort’s owners failed to make good on several representations, commitments and conditions it made or agreed to in obtaining the development approval.

The organization filed a similar motion in 2008, but LUC members were split on the issue and failed to muster enough votes for a decision in 2010.

Since then, the Hawaii Supreme Court has ruled that an environmental impact statement pertaining to the resort’s development should be updated, and the resort’s asset manager, Replay Resorts, has refined its expansion plan.

A Replay representative could not be reached for immediate comment.

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allie wrote:
leave it rural...lovely area
on June 18,2013 | 01:49PM
Mythman wrote:
Yes it is and was a rural area when it was home to several native Hawaiian villages prior to the maheles and prior to white boys setting up camp along the seven miles of surfing beaches where native Hawaiians invented the sport of surfing and where Kalakaua positiioned members of his clan in his effort to revive the culture after colonialism ravaged it. Who are these folks to think they have a right to this land when they were not here when any of that happened. This is Hawaii, not california and the shorelines and ocean were and still are the kuleana of the native, not of pot industry white surfers. Yes I am angry.
on June 18,2013 | 02:34PM
oahuresident wrote:
Such racist comments would be difficult to make if this forum required an identity in order to post. Why don't you show up at the land use commission and make these racist comments in person.
on June 18,2013 | 04:33PM
Mythman wrote:
Observing someone's race is not "racism" - it is normal except amongst those who pretend otherwise. "white" is a description of the color of the skin of those who think they control everyone of all colors on the North Shore. they do not but they think they do.
on June 18,2013 | 05:51PM
Anonymous wrote:
LUC is the fox guarding the henhouse.
on June 18,2013 | 03:49PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
This is an opportunity for a crusading politician to take a hard stance and really make a name for himself/herself. No place for cowards. No "with reservations" kine votes. If somebody has the stones to come out and say "enough is enough", they could rocket up the list of respected leaders. Just saying.
on June 18,2013 | 05:28PM
Mythman wrote:
Why not those in this alleged N Shore "environmental" group coming out as individual persons instead of pretending they have a "group" made up of the community that is in accord to rule over how land is used when it is the right of the natives of the North Shore who work for a living to say so. Not a gang of caucasian (PC word for "white boy") surfers whose only job is dealing pot and looking for ways to launder the tremendous amount of money they make, including buying and renting out forty to fifty million dollars worth of illegal B&Bs which T Bay is in competition with, nearby. Everyone has your number, "Coalition". Expose yourself and "lead" - maybe you can get re-elected?
on June 18,2013 | 05:54PM
coyote wrote:
Totally agree. Lingle tried hard.
on June 18,2013 | 06:11PM
Mythman wrote:
Correction: Lingle back off when she looked closer at who is involved in this "coalition", which is four or five persons of the caucasian persuasion who are ambitious and power hungry while deluded into thinking they are working for the "community". Seriously weak minded aholes who ought to wake up and find another cause, maybe they can go back to protesting over the horrible thirty second delay caused by the tourists blocking traffic to gawk at the turtles, which was their mantra for years. If these competing vacation rentals, which are making these guys rich, did not exist, would they be so obsessed with making sure T Bay doesn't cut into their profit? And anyone who thinks the N Shore is not a hot bed of pot sales must not live in Hawaii. Come on, Now, let's get real, SA - you are too easily duped by press releases......
on June 18,2013 | 06:24PM
localguy wrote:
Wow!! Someone is seeing "Caucasian conspiracy theories" everywhere they look. Sad to see there is nothing there, just a wild imagine with no substantiating data. Typical for a rookie poster trying to make a name for themselves. Give us a break.
on June 18,2013 | 08:53PM
CloudForest wrote:
Private property rights can not be trampled upon by people that want to control that which is not theirs - build better by-pass infrastructure so that all of the traffic does not have to impact the communities, only then will you have a righteous outcome.
on June 18,2013 | 11:15PM
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