Keauhou Beach Hotel Demolition and Kahalu‘u Ma Kai Redevelopment – Phase I

78-6740 Ali‘i Drive, Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i 96740

Completed

Demolition completed 2018, Redevelopment still ongoing

Awards

  • 2019 American Society of Civil Engineers-Hawaii Section, Outstanding Civil Engineering Acheivement Grand Award
  • 2019 American Society of Civil Engineers-Hawaii Section, Outstanding Civil Engineering Acheivement Special Project Award
  • 2019 General Contractor Association of Hawai‘i, Build Hawai‘i Excellence Award, Specialty Construction >$5 million (Kiewit Building Group Inc.)

Demolition of a 7-story, 309-room hotel is typically not a high-profile project. However, when it is 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, it becomes a permitting challenge – one which Belt Collins undertook for Kamehameha Schools in the interest of redeveloping the parcel as the Kahalu‘u Ma Kai educational center.

Belt Collins was prime consultant for demolition of the Keauhou Beach Hotel and is currently designing the site’s redevelopment. The demolition scope of services included coordinating wetland determinations; preparing construction documents for the building and site demolition; processing agency and permit approvals; and coordinating HAZMAT abatement and water quality monitoring. Due to the construction over the tide pool, the project’s permits and approvals included a Department of Army Nationwide permit as well as County building and grading permits and a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit for construction storm water discharges.

Aerial shot of Keauhou Beach Hotel before (image located top of this page) and during demolition (Photos courtesy of Kamehameha Schools)

Over 90 percent of all construction material generated from the building and site demolition work was recycled or salvaged and reused.  Belt Collins also supported preparation of the Environmental Assessment, Site Plan Approval from the State Department of Land and Natural Resources Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands and a Special Management Area (SMA) permit from the County of Hawai‘i for the work.

Demolition of a 7-story, 309-room hotel is typically not a high-profile project. However, when it is 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, it becomes a permitting challenge – one which Belt Collins undertook for Kamehameha Schools in the interest of redeveloping the parcel as the Kahalu‘u Ma Kai educational center.

Belt Collins was prime consultant for demolition of the Keauhou Beach Hotel and is currently designing the site’s redevelopment. The demolition scope of services included coordinating wetland determinations; preparing construction documents for the building and site demolition; processing agency and permit approvals; and coordinating HAZMAT abatement and water quality monitoring. Due to the construction over the tide pool, the project’s permits and approvals included a Department of Army Nationwide permit as well as County building and grading permits and a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit for construction storm water discharges.

Aerial shot of Keauhou Beach Hotel before (image located top of this page) and during demolition (Photos courtesy of Kamehameha Schools)

Over 90 percent of all construction material generated from the building and site demolition work was recycled or salvaged and reused.  Belt Collins also supported preparation of the Environmental Assessment, Site Plan Approval from the State Department of Land and Natural Resources Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands and a Special Management Area (SMA) permit from the County of Hawai‘i for the work.

High-reach demolition

Over 90 percent of all construction material generated from the building and site demolition work was recycled or salvaged and reused.

200,000 tons of construction material was diverted away from the West Hawai‘i Sanitary Landfill

With the hotel demolition completed in 2018, Belt Collins is now providing civil engineering and landscape design services to redevelop the 22.73-acre shoreline parcel as the Kahalu‘u Ma Kai educational center. The Center will focus on Native Hawaiian ‘āina-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.

Overlooking Keali‘ali‘a Lagoon after demolition, with partial view of Hāpaiali‘i Heiau.

High-reach demolition

Over 90 percent of all construction material generated from the building and site demolition work was recycled or salvaged and reused.

200,000 tons of construction material was diverted away from the West Hawai‘i Sanitary Landfill

With the hotel demolition completed in 2018, Belt Collins is now providing civil engineering and landscape design services to redevelop the 22.73-acre shoreline parcel as the Kahalu‘u Ma Kai educational center. The Center will focus on Native Hawaiian ‘āina-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.

Overlooking Keali‘ali‘a Lagoon after demolition, with partial view of Hāpaiali‘i Heiau.

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