As CIRI’s land development project on the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i nears completion, several local honored guests and neighbors, along with CIRI President and CEO Sophie Minich and CIRI Real Estate Vice President Chad Nugent, participated in a traditional Hawaiian dedication and blessing. According to Hawaiian custom, when a place of business, new land development or new home opens its doors, it is common to invite a Hawaiian kahu (guardian or minister) to bless the location.
Located in the popular community of Poipu on the southern tip of Kaua’i Island, Makahu’ena Estates sits between two existing condominium developments. The land was originally acquired by CIRI in 1996 from the federal government. A long entitlement process and significant earthwork transformed the 13-acre site into residential estate lots fronting the ocean. A popular destination for vacation travelers, as promised,
CIRI granted public pedestrian access along the rocky coastline where one can visit and enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean.
Before development began, CIRI made a commitment to directly engage with stakeholders in the process and keep residents informed about construction activities. Nearby residents were largely complimentary of the process, and they enjoy improved views due to the work done by CIRI. “I’m pleased, as we near the end of the project, that the community is both appreciative and supportive of the development,” Minich said.
The major construction work had to be completed in a short window of time to accommodate migratory birds, so CIRI was focused on being diligent with its work while doing all it could to mitigate noise and dust impacts to local residents. CIRI employed a strong local contractor and design team, which was imperative to the project’s success. “It’s great to have the major construction behind us and see the beautiful result that was our vision,” Nugent said.
Just as Alaska Native people have a connection to their land, so do the people of Hawaii. Having the opportunity to end this element of the project with a traditional ceremony was impactful to those who participated. CIRI extends its appreciation to everyone involved on the project.
Makahu’ena Estates, located on the warm, sunny side of Kauai, with views of mountain ranges, is an oceanview property near beaches, golf courses, shopping and dining. For information, visit www.makahuenaestates.com.