Thursday, April 2, 2009

Kukui'ula

A large new development is being built on the south shore of Kaua'i, near Koloa and Poipu. Called Kukui'ula, the development features a number of homesites, a new golf course being designed by Tom Weiskopf, and a shopping center. Also included is "The Lodge at Kukui'ula", with villas and cottages for homeowners and their guests (presumably for visitors to stay at?).

The shopping center will be opening this summer, and a recent article discussed some of its plans. Early tenant commitments include a new restaurant from Peter Merriman, a Quiksilver shop, and a Lappert's Ice Cream store.

Its not clear what's happening with the rest of the development. The web site naturally doesn't say anything negative, but another article from March said "Major developers have run the gamut from ‘delaying’ to ‘indefinitely suspending’ construction projects… the Marriot, Ritz-Carlton, and Kukui’ula just to name a few on Kauai."

Its also not clear if the golf course is planned to be private or open to the public; this probably also depends on the timing of the construction of the course and the speed with which people buy homesites and build homes on the property. If the course is finished before there's enough owners to use and pay for it, it may allow some public play for a while.

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