- Associated Press - Saturday, June 18, 2016

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Maui councilmembers will decide whether a 150-year-old home formerly owned by a sugar plantation manager can be used as a vacation rental.

Planning commissioners voted 5-2 to recommend that the council approve permits for the property owned by Wailea Golf LLC subsidiary 355 Haiku Road LLC, the Maui News reported (https://bit.ly/1sLJPsR).

A 10-bedroom house sits on the nearly 14-acre former Baldwin Estate, along with a cottage, botanical garden and swimming pool. The company plans to add restrooms, a kitchen and pool house.

Wailea Blue Golf Course general manager Barry Helle said the site’s many modifications over the years kept it off the historic registry.

“But there’s still a lot of history there,” Helle said.

One resident expressed noise concerns.

“If you rent for many dollars, a whole house and a pool and everything, would you stop partying at 10 o’clock?” Adrienne Gaedeke said. “I really enjoy the rural quietness. That’s part of why I moved to Haiku.”

A commissioner was worried about bringing more activity to an area where the former Haiku Mill operates as an events venue.

“We already just approved a property adjacent to your property,” member Richard Higashi said. “There’s going to be a major conflict between having these activities occur simultaneously.”

Planning commissioner Keaka Robinson pointed to possible jobs.

“I see it as a benefit,” he said. “It also restricts them more because now there’s two companies that have to be quiet. And if either one of them messes up, the complaint would be good and it’s a one-year term.”

Permit conditions limit guests, ban pyrotechnics and make curfews possible. The company also would have to share rental plans with neighbors living within 1,000 feet of the property.


Information from: The Maui News, https://www.mauinews.com

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