Kamehameha Colleges is in search of bid proposals for brand new managers of Volcano Golf Course and Nation Membership after the earlier managers deserted the lease.
In Could, the earlier supervisor of the 156-acre property — Kailua-Kona-based company Hawaiian Worldwide Sporting Membership — abruptly introduced its dissolution and closed the golf course 4 years earlier than its lease with Kamehameha Colleges was to be terminated.
Since then, Kamehameha Colleges filed a lawsuit within the First Circuit Courtroom in Honolulu, requesting the court docket to nullify the lease and return the property to Kamehameha Colleges. The belief regained full possession of the property in August and introduced Tuesday that bid proposals from potential new managers of the course are being accepted.
Alapaki Nahale-a, Kamehameha Colleges’ senior director of group methods, stated the belief has obtained inquiries about managing the property since HISC dropped out, however couldn’t present specifics about any precise proposals but.
“We’re searching for somebody who can match all our core values, not simply somebody who could make it financially worthwhile,” Nahale-a stated, referencing the varsity’s 5 values of group, tradition, economics, training and setting.
Many phrases of the brand new lease, together with its size, will probably be decided via negotiations with the successful bidder, Nahale-a stated. Nonetheless, due to the substantial funding required by the managers, he added that Kamehameha Colleges is pursuing a long-term lease.
Whereas HISC grew to become the lessee of the property in 1999, that lease initially started in 1969 and was set to run out in 2024.
The brand new supervisor will probably be chargeable for restarting golf course operations and different facilities.
Since HISC deserted the lease, the property had fallen into disrepair till Kamehameha Colleges regained management of the property. The belief has since been sustaining the property, however the course stays closed.
Nahale-a stated the phrases of the lease might enable for an interim administration coverage that might enable the course to renew operations earlier than the brand new administration formally takes management of the property.
The lease additionally will embrace phrases for rebuilding the nation membership on the property, which was broken by a fireplace 2019 and has not been repaired. That fireplace triggered an estimated $315,000 in harm and was nonetheless beneath investigation as of June.
Nahale-a didn’t have an estimate for the way lengthy the method of discovering new administration will take, saying it relies upon largely on the standard of the proposals.
“We’ve heard from lots of people involved about what is going to occur to the course,” Nahale-a stated. “It’s a historic course, and we don’t need it to degrade. We need to protect as finest we will.”
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