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Kamehameha Schools wants to replace hotel with cultural center

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KAILUA-KONA >> Kamehameha Schools is proposing demolishing a shuttered Hawaii island hotel to create an educational center for cultural resources.

Demolition plans are outlined in a draft environmental assessment for landowner Kamehameha Schools’ plans for the Keauhou Beach Hotel. Kamehameha Schools officials say restoring the hotel wouldn’t be profitable. 

The assessment notes the property’s proximity to the water and the need to be careful during the demolition. 

West Hawaii Today reported Tuesday razing the hotel is expected to cost about $11.5 million and the entire project is expected to cost about $34 million. 

The project would include a heritage center that would allow visitors access to cultural sites such as a heiau.

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