Did you know that you can operate a B&B, or a Boutique Hotel in certain areas of Wailuku without requiring a permit?* (Mouth drops open, eyes bug out beyond belief!) Not many people do, but if your property falls within the boundaries of the Wailuku Redevelopment Area, there are a diverse range of business opportunities available to you.
Wailuku’s Executive “Sweet” Hotel
In dinner conversations when the subject of world famous cities comes up, I always love to listen as guests pipe in with their favorites: Paris, Moscow, Budapest. When it’s my turn, I always love taking the opportunity to blurt out “Wailuku.” It gets a few laughs, and I’m partially being facetious, but partially not.
I’ve always loved the raw authentic nature of Wailuku – a town with a civil purpose, not yet appropriated and re-purposed to appeal to tourists, and still full of classic Hawaiian architecture. I wonder if Budapest can boast that Frank Sinatra played in its main street theater? (Yes, it’s true that Frank Sinatra played the Iao Theatre.)
I’m not alone in my love affair with Wailuku – the planning department also fancies this beautiful hillside town, and in their efforts to support the Wailuku renaissance, have come up with the Wailuku Redevelopment Area:
Wailuku Redevelopment Area – The Little Known Zoning Secret
As part of a plan to revitalize the core of Wailuku Town, a segment of Wailuku was designated as the “Wailuku Redevelopment Area” with the specific purpose and intent of the following:
- Preserve Wailuku’s Historic Character
- Allow for new development that complements and is compatible with Wailuku’s historic character
- Improve the streetscape to make Wailuku a pedestrian-friendly environment
The comprehensive plan lays out design guidelines and offers zoning and construction leniency in certain key areas – all in an effort to preserve the aesthetic charm and architectural characteristics that we love about our old Hawaiian towns, and in an effort to prevent the Californication of these culturally important places. (Strip malls, ummm…no thanks!)
If you’d like to learn more, here are the design guidelines, and information on those favorable zoning allowances – one of which is that B&Bs or Boutique Hotels may be operated on certain streets without requiring special permits. (*It’s always a good idea to check with the planning department for up to date information on permissible uses.)
If you are interested in purchasing property in Wailuku, I’d love to help you find the perfect house or business, and if you’d like to speak to the planner in charge of the Wailuku Redevelopment Area, please shoot me an email and I can put you two in touch.
Liam S. Ball R(S)
Hotel Wailuku – A Hipster Hideaway
The pictures below are from “Hotel Wailuku,” which is no longer in operation – a hipster hideaway that recently sold for $315,000.
Barn Door with Netflix Machine (Top), Hotel Wailuku Kitchen (Left) & Concrete Floors (Right)
Yes, this is the LOBBY people
Gotta have a suitcase table, right?