7 Feb 2008

Hotel renovation project in Hawaii critized by Office of Hawaiian Affairs

11:29 am on 7 February 2008

A hotel renovation project in Hawaii has been critized by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, because of its potential to develop over Native Hawaiian traditional culture sites.

Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts LP intends to improve shoreline amenities at the Sheraton Waikiki hotel.

The Honolulu Star reports renovations includes expanding two pools, building a water slide, bars, decks and lawn areas.

The OHA says it is concerned with the impact on cultural and natural resources, and its effect on water quality.

But the Honolulu City Council's zoning committee approved the project yesterday which is expected to be voted on by the council on February 20.

City officials say the project would renovate an area that has already been developed and therefore wouldn't have a negative impact.