Lance Laney, who is married to PUC Chair Mina Morita, is pushing back against an effort to prevent people from using an easement to the beach through the old Hanalei Plantation site.
Lance said he's been using the access to do summertime fishing for years. But last week, a security guard called the police after telling Lance the property was private and he couldn't walk through it.
according to the Wall Street Journal — had supposedly done a swap with the St. Regis. So he would have to use the access there.
In addition to the existing public pedestrian easement located along the ridge, a new pedestrian access to the beach wil be provided along Honu Road and bordering the northern portion of the site over an elevated boardwalk above the marsh to provide enhanced public access to the shoreline.
I sent an email to Planning Director Mike Dahilig yesterday, asking what's up with this property and its easement, but I haven't yet gotten a reply.Meanwhile, in perusing some of the information on Princeville Corp.'s sale of that parcel, which has a rather interesting history, with more details available here, here and here — amazing how the value of the property has so dramatically increased — I came upon this quote from Princeville owner Jeff Stone:
"We believe Montage is the ultimate luxury brand that will create memorable experiences for guests to and residents of Kauai."
Indeed.See also: Ea O Ka Aina: Illegal road on wetlands 3/13/12 .