May 24, 2017 8:53 pm Pacific/Honolulu

Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Outreach

As a good neighbor in Hawaii for more than 50 years, Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts understands the importance of involving the community in planning for any development. When Kyo-ya began planning its reinvestment in Waikiki in 2007, the company reached out to various stakeholder groups to include them in the process and ensure any concerns were properly addressed.

Local Community

On at least six occasions, Kyo-ya has participated in public hearings about the project to solicit input from the community. Kyo-ya executives have presented the project plans and received feedback from the Waikiki Neighborhood Board and Waikiki Improvement Association, both of which have voiced support for the project.

Culture
Over a period of three years, Kyo-ya met with various stakeholder groups, including a Native Hawaiian cultural resource group, to foster the incorporation of host-culture elements into the design and landscaping of both the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel and the redeveloped Diamond Head Tower. As recommended by these cultural experts, the project will include a Legacy Library to exhibit the arts and artifacts of Princess Kaiulani and house a curator-driven immersion program for the property.

Also, in recognition of the very sensitive nature of any redevelopment in the Waikiki area, Kyo-ya has engaged in early consultation with recognized cultural descendants, the State Historic Preservation Division and others to address cultural impacts prior to the final design and construction of the project.

These considerations will continue as the project proceeds in an effort to ensure that any cultural concerns are appropriately addressed.

Government
From the beginning of the planning process, Kyo-ya has worked numerous government entities to ensure the project follows the law. The project received unanimous approval from the Honolulu City Council and has been carefully vetted by the City Department of Planning and Permitting.

To keep the planning process transparent, Kyo-ya has also briefed the following officials on the project:
  • Governor Neil Abercrombie
  • Lt. Governor Brian Schatz
  • Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle
  • DLNR Director Bill Aila
  • State Senator Brickwood Galuteria
  • State Senator Donna Kim
  • State Senator Clayton Hee
  • DBEDT Director Richard Lim