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The future site of the State Department of Hawaiian Native Lands Honokowai Homestead Community Master Plan Project is shown. Photo DHL

The State Department of Hawaiian Lands released its final environmental assessment for its Honokowai Homestead Community Master Plan, which will include hundreds of residential properties, multi-family residential units and subsistence farm lots on nearly 800 acres in West Maui. .

The final report has a “Conclusion without significant impact” which means that the development of the area has been determined not to cause significant adverse effects on the natural or human environment for the project to be located at mauka of the Honoapiilani highway, south of the airport of West Maui and north of Kaanapali Coffee Farms, according to project documents.

DHHL will now begin the engineering design phase, which will include boundary surveys, subdivision application and preparation of infrastructure construction plans, according to a press release. The process is expected to be completed in early 2025 and construction will follow, subject to statutory funding.

The final EA estimates total infrastructure construction costs at approximately $50-59 million, for which federal or state funds may be used. Infrastructure construction is expected to be completed around 2027, with vacant land “available soon after.”

“The completion of this appraisal is a critical milestone in DHHL’s West Maui landownership development for long-awaited beneficiaries,” said Hawaii Homes Commission Chairman William Aila Jr. “When fully developed, Honokowai will be the largest family community on the island of Maui, potentially serving over a thousand native Hawaiian beneficiaries and their families.”

The proposed master plan aims to create up to 356 single-family residential properties, 573 new multi-family residential units and 252 subsistence agricultural farm lots on approximately 454 acres.

Other planned complementary land uses include up to 14 acres for additional family farming, 71 acres for community use and 146 acres held for conservation, according to the news release.

Approximately 16 acres are proposed for light industrial activities to provide a buffer between the existing county sewage treatment facility and the new family community. A portion of the project is also adjacent to the Pulelehua Project, an 800 multi-family unit mixed-use development in West Maui.

To learn more about the Honokowai Homestead Community Master Plan and view the final environmental assessment, visit dhhl.hawaii.gov/po/maui.

* Melissa Tanji can be reached at [email protected]


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