Haseko Unveils Plans for Recreational Lagoon

May 11, 2012 by Tom Sagawa

Late last year, Haseko unveiled its refined plans for Hoakalei Resort, which includes transforming the previously planned marina into a unique oceanfront lagoon that provides expanded amenities and recreational opportunities while still remaining true to the Resort’s vision.

Creating a lagoon enables us to achieve our long-held vision of a vibrant waterfront community in a more timely and efficient manner. We anticipate that the west side of the lagoon will be operational and open to the public by the end of 2015.

Features of the lagoon include:

· a continuous pathway along the shoreline from One’ula Beach Park to White Plains Beach in Kalaeloa for walkers, runners and bicyclists;

· a protected shallow swimming area on the west side of the lagoon, with deeper waters reserved for activities such as kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddle boarding;

· public parking, restrooms and showers;

· a promenade for easy access to restaurants, shops, and businesses along the waterfront;

· a canoe hale and sandy launch area for water sports lessons and training; and

· performance and spectator viewing areas that enhance the lagoon’s role as a community- gathering place.

Additional swimming areas will be built as the resort is developed.

The lagoon will have much less impact on the environment than the previously planned marina. The shoreline will not be breached, removing potential impacts on the ocean. Fossil fuel-powered equipment such as jet skis will not be allowed in the lagoon, resulting in fewer effects on water quality.

Work on the lagoon will begin once the necessary government permits and approvals are received. Stay tuned for additional information later this year.