Saturday, May 26, 2001

Lanai Co. wants
to build marina, shops
at harbor

By Gary T. Kubota

WAILUKU >> A major Hawaii landowner has proposed developing a partnership with the state to build a marina at Manele Harbor on Lanai.

The Lanai Co., a subsidiary of Castle & Cooke Inc., wants to lease 2.28 acres of harbor land from the state to develop two retail specialty shops, a restaurant, a yacht club, a parking lot, public restrooms, a shower, laundry facilities and a promenade with lights and benches.

Arnold Savrann, senior vice president of Castle & Cooke, said the proposed additions will improve facilities for boaters and enhance the desirability of visiting and living on the island.

"We're treating it like an airport," he said.

The project, estimated to cost between $3.5 million and $4.2 million, is expected to complement the company's development of a portion of the harbor.

Lanai Co. received state permission about a year and a half ago to improve the landing area for ferry and chartered vessels and develop 18 slips for boats.

Five of the 18 slips have been set aside for state use.

The state will continue to manage the existing 24 slips in the southwest part of the harbor.

The company also wants to develop a 12-stall parking area for trailers and a dry storage area.

Under the plan, Lanai Co. will be dredging the harbor but keeping the existing breakwater configuration.

Vince Bagoyo, a Castle & Cooke vice president, said the project has received a number of permits and will take about three years to complete.

During a Hawaii land board meeting yesterday, state boating property manager Newton "John" Hino said the firm will develop the utilities -- services the state cannot afford to build.

Hino said the state will negotiate terms of the lease before bringing the proposal before the board.

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