Saturday, August 24th, Ashley HomeStore will be having it’s grand opening celebration from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm in Kahului. The new store is located at 237 Dairy Road.
The 20,000 square foot store is brand new and will showcase furniture for living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, and home office. This is the fifth Ashley store in Hawaii, but the first outside of Oahu. Festivities on Saturday will include face painting, food and refreshments.
Ashley HomeStore was established in 1945. Its considered one of the largest furniture manufacturer’s in the world. Representatives are excited to be opening the new store in Kahului and bringing the residents of Maui their best selling furniture.
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Residents spoke out Tuesday against expansion of the Grand Wailea. Residents are concerned over, among other reasons, the potential disturbance of possible ancient burial grounds, and the resident-to-vistor ratio being exceeded. The Grand Wailea has submitted plans to the Maui Planning Commission that would add an additional 224 rooms to the 776 room resort making it the second largest resort on Maui.
Also submitted in the proposal would be a new spa pool at Spa Grande, a new lap pool next to the Wailea Wing, a new family pool next to the Lagoon Wing, increase in the parking garage from 3 levels to 5 levels, and the removal of the Seaside Chapel. Other improvements include facade renovations, a new stairway in the Aqua Tower, renovations to the Hibiscus Pool area, renovations to the luau area, and additional public beach parking stalls.
Estimated cost for the project is $91.5 million with a 5 year estimated timeframe. The resort would remain open during construction. This would be the third renovation for the resort since being developed in 1991. The first taking place in 2008, and the second in 2014.
The plans are still waiting on a final decision by the Maui Planning Commission.
Kahului opened the brand new Consolidated Rent-A-Car (CONRAC) Facility this week. The project is the largest single works project on Maui.
CONRAC took three years to build and has created hundreds of local jobs. No taxpayer dollars were used in the $340 million project. All the money was raised via car rental customers. The CONRAC has all the major car rental companies in one location. The structure is over 1 million square feet and is being praised for its esthetically pleasing appearance.
A new free tram will shuttle passengers from the airport to the CONRAC. A roundtrip on the tram will take approximately only 6 minutes. The Kahului Airport rental car industry generates the most funds of all the Hawaii rental car facilities. Daniel K. Inouye Airport in Honolulu is scheduled to complete their CONRAC facility in 2021. Travelers and locals alike will appreciate the reduction in traffic congestion.