- 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.

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

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