Plans Emerge for Princeville Lodge

Developer Jeff Stone:

“Princeville Lodge is the smallest, least visible, most environmentally sensitive project that has ever been proposed for the Kaunu’opua Ridge and far smaller than anything that has ever been built on it before. Princeville Hanalei Plantation is proposing a small, low-key hotel that architecturally strives to capture and respect the surrounding sense of place.”
Letter to the Editor, The Garden Island

Kauai developer Jeff Stone of The Resort Group this week unveiled plans for the Princeville Lodge, a new, 80-unit luxury hotel on the ridge above Hanalei Bay.

The prime location atop Kaunuopua Ridge, with incredible views of Hanalei Bay, is where the old Hanalei Plantation Hotel and Club Med once stood. In the 1980s, a 204-unit resort development was being being built on the site but stalled along with the economy. Last year, eBay founder and Hawaii resident Pierre Omidyar proposed building luxury bungalows and homes there, before encountering strong resistance from the community.

The new plans for the 65-acre project address many of the concerns raised by North Shore residents. Measures to minimize the impact on Princeville and Kauai’s North Shore include low-profile, two-story designs and landscaping to preserve the view plane, and a layout that does not build on the Hanalei River side of the ridge. In addition, the historic Kamoomakai Fishpond will be preserved, and public access to the property will be improved and maintained.

“We felt that a small, upscale, environmentally sensitive hotel project could be designed for this site,” Stone told The Garden Island newspaper. “This project, with this design, marks a real line in the sand — smaller, lower, more appropriate to the land and culture, respectful of community rights of access.”

Stone is no stranger to Kauai development. He acquired the 9,000-acre Princeville Resort on Kauai in 2004. The resort is Kauai’s first master-planned community, and includes a luxury hotel, vacation homes, shopping and golf.

The Princeville Lodge project is now working its way through the planning process, including an application for a shoreline setback exemption (still keeping everything 60 feet or more from shore) and amending the previous site plan filed with the county’s planning department.

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Original photo illustration by Sean Ahearn.

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