Hawaii residents working groups speak out on resort project

WAILUKU, Hawaii — Residents and professional association members have spoken out over a resort’s expansion plans that would result in the second-largest hotel on Maui.The Maui News reported Thursday that several residents attended a Maui Planning Commission meeting Tuesday to speak against the expansion of the Grand Wailea Maui.Residents say they object to the project for various reasons including sea-level rise, the resident-to-visitor ratio, and the resort’s construction on ancient burial areas.Others at the meeting voiced support, including members of the Maui Hotel and Lodging Association and the Hawaii Carpenters Union.The 776-room resort on 36.6 acres (15 hectares) along Wailea Alanui Drive plans to add another 224 guest rooms, including up to 40 bungalow units.The project is estimated to cost $91.5 million over five years.___Information from: The Maui News, http://www.mauinews.comThe Associated Press

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