Three years after the Keauhou Beach Resort on Hawaii Island closed, plans are moving forward to bring it down.
The Hawaii County Leeward Planning Commission approved Kamehameha Schools’ plan to demolish the former resort Thursday.
Now there are restoration projects in the works to turn it into a cultural site for teaching and learning.
“We are committed to moving as quickly as we could to make good our promise to bring down the hotel in the most responsible way and to put up an educational cultural complex for all learners and families,” said Kaeo Duarte, the schools’ vice president of community engagement and resources.
In compliance with state, county and federal rules, Kamehameha Schools will carefully remove the structure to protect the near-shore ecosystems and cultural sites.