Oceanit prepared an Environmental Impact Statement for the planned Honokohau Harbor Expansion.
Challenge: Jacoby Development, Inc. (JDI), and Kona Marina Development Group, LLC (KMDG, a JDI affiliate) were selected by the State of Hawaii (State) to develop Kona Kai Ola at Kealakehe on approximately 548 acres of land. The complex development was to be located on 200 acres near Honokohau Harbor leased from the Department of Hawaiian Homes Land (DHHL) and 348 adjacent acres to be leased from the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR).
Innovation Delivered: Oceanit analyzed the existing conditions and impacts of various alternative developments for the construction of the marina. The impacts to the physical and human environment were evaluated and mitigative actions for these impacts were proposed. The proposed master plan included a new 45-acre 800-slip marina to meet increasing public demand for boat facilities on the west side of the Island of Hawaii. A marine science center and a cultural park were proposed along with public access, public water features, community gathering areas, a yacht club, a big game fishing club, and a canoe park. Commercial areas featured large retailers and local residential services intended to serve the local residential market. Commercial development near the proposed marina focused on meeting the needs of residential and visitor markets with smaller shops and unique restaurants and boutiques.