Keauhou Beach Hotel Demolition and Kahaluu Ma Kai Redevelopment - Phase I

Keahou Beach Hotel, a 7-story, 309-room hotel, was built over tidal pools where Hawaiian green sea turtles are known to frequent and located on a parcel with 12 significant historic properties, including the remains of 4 ancient heiau. Although the demolition was a permitting challenge, it was a great opportunity to assist Kamehameha Schools in redeveloping the parcel as the Kahaluu Ma Kai educational center.

The Center, located on a 22.73 acre shoreline parcel, will focus on Native Hawaiian aina-based STEM programs and arts education for keiki and kapuna. Outdoor gathering areas and a restroom facility with associated walkways, driveways, parking areas, and landscaping are being designed for the Center.

Photos courtesy of Kamehameha Schools

Location

Kailua-Kona, HI

Client

Kamehameha Schools

Year Completed

  • Demolition - 2018
  • Redevelopment - Ongoing

Expertise

  • Landscape Architecture
  • Civil Engineering
  • Environmental Consulting

Awards

  • 2021 American Council Engineering Companies of Hawaii, Engineering Excellence Award
  • 2019 American Society of Civil Engineers-Region 8, Award for Outstanding Project over $10,000,000
  • 2019 American Society of Civil Engineers-Hawaii Section, Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Grand Award
  • 2019 American Society of Civil Engineers-Hawaii Section, Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Special Project Award
  • 2019 General Contractor Association of Hawaii, Build Hawaii Excellence Award, Specialty Construction >$5 million (via Kiewit Building Group Inc.)

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