POSTED: 3 JANUARY 2008 - 9:30pm HST

TAKE A STAND!  Old Koloa Town = Old Koloa Trees

image above: threatened monkeypod trees of Koloa on Eric Knudsen property

by Jeri DePietro on 2 January 2008

David Nelson, the Michigan developer of the Koloa Marketplace is scheduled to be on Kauai on Monday, January 7th. This is a possible date for the cutting of the monkeypod trees on the site. A vigil is scheduled for that day:


Save the historic trees of Old Koloa Town

Monday, January 7, 2008 10am - 10pm


Save the Trees - BLOCK PARTY!
Come make signs under the monkey pod trees
Candlelight Vigil at sunset

Old Koloa Town, on Koloa Road

Design around the trees, let them live!

Jeri DePietro

Message to Koloa marketplace developer
by Juan Wilson on 3 January 2008


Aloha David Nelson,
I am an architect planner who lives in Hanapepe Valley in the Kona Central Moku District of Kauai. Eastern Kona (Koloa & Poipu) is being destroyed by too much bad development that was hatched in the heyday of fast money and easy pickings on this island. I don't want that disease to spread to my area of the island before it peters out, so I'm involved as a volunteer to slow the wave of destruction heading my way. Koloa Marketplace is part of that.

You are doing a disservice to the Kola community with your present scheme for the Koloa Marketplace. A much better urban plan could just as easily be proposed that will have a better reception in Koloa, and throughout Kauai.

In order to test that possibility, I used the site plan sketch provided in 2006 that showed building locations, parking and trees and found in a matter of a few hours that another scheme, retaining building footprint areas, could be worked out that saved many more trees with a slight reduction in parking count. I offered it to the Koloa Community Association.

If you adopted such an approach to save trees (as a priority) you might find an offer from the County to provide a variance on required parking. have you asked for one or do they have to come to you? This variance could be easy to justify as part of the area's new Traffic Master Plan that was recently completed that relies on a multi-modal scheme with enhanced mass transit.

Here's one alternative I showed the KCA. It is a PDF file about 8 megs. (Click here S-2 Atlernative )

I have also seen a tree plan for the site dated 12/28/07 and have overlaid it on an aerial photo of the area. It appears the extent of the existing trees has been under-represented and that an unrealistic expectation of tree re-location is suggested.

image above: tree canopy plan [click here for full article]

I think the community has been misinformed on the extent of the number and size of the existing tree canopies, and the possible success of relocating large trees. if you want to be a trusted player here it would be useful for an honest revelation of what is on the site now and what will be there in the near future. I felt compelled to document this on my website That article is reproduced below.

I understand you will be on the island on January 7th. I'll be at the site and look foward to meeting you.

Juan Wilson
PO Box 949
Hanapepe HI 96716
(808) 335-0733




Eric Knudsen - owner
PO Box 415
Verdi  NV  89439

Stacey Wong - trustee
E. A. Knudsen Trust
PO Box 759
Kalaheo  HI  96741
Phone: (332-5676)


David Nelson - developer
Send at least a cc, if not a separate e-mail to

Susie Wojtowicz - lease administrator

Nelson Development
6960 Orchid Lake Rd suite 200
West Bloomfield MI 48322

see also:
Island Breath: Short count on tree canopy 12/31/07
Island Breath: Candlelight Vigil for Trees 12/29/07
Island Breath: Monkeypod S.O.S. 12/27/07
Island Breath: Monkeypod Threes Threatened 12/18/07
Island Breath: Koloa Village Plaza Plan 8/9/06
Island Breath: Koloa-Poipu Moratorium 7/23/06