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Real Estate Consultants - Land Development Consultants

Newport-Banning Ranch MPC

Sojitz Corporation of America  |  As land development consultants, provided a review of asset opportunity alternatives as part of owner’s business planning process.


The 505-acre Newport Banning Ranch was owned by an affiliate of Nissho Iwai American Corp. (NIAC), in venture with partners (Taylor Woodrow Company and a major oil company). NIC was interested in what feasible disposition and/or development options might be best for this property. Important issues included its location within a California Coastal Commission LCP planning jurisdiction, ongoing oil and gas extraction operations conducted throughout the County (454 acres) portion of the property, abandoned oil well clean-up, and sensitive habitats, steep coastal bluffs, gullies and ravines.


Work completed for NIAC while StoneCreek Partners was retained as U.S. representative for new acquisitions and venture investments, including acting as a due diligence consultant, in real estate.


Hotel Development Consultants - project feasibility consultants

Kuki’o Beach Resort at Kuki’o Bay

Destination resort with “resort residential” housing product.  Feasibility analysis including market study, financial projections, and facilities recommendations, for proposed 660-acre resort and timeshare development on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Kuki’o Beach Resort is adjacent to the Four Seasons Hualalai Resort and situated along the Big Island’s Kona Coast.


Our hotel development consulting work was completed in support of an overall master plan for development of the property, to include low-density residential, golf, and hotel facilities.




Universal CityWalk Osaka

Sumitomo Corp.  |  Guest experience programming, leasing plan, and tenant alternatives for CityWalk Osaka Phase II at Universal Studios Japan, prepared for Sumitomo Corp.


Strategic leasing, tenant mix, experiential programming, and Phase II vertical design for this branded and themed retail-entertainment facility situated along the walkway from the rail station and Universal Studios Japan. Work directed by AEC’s Donald Bredberg as an executive with Universal Studios Recreation Group, and later as consulting advisors to owner Sumitomo Bank.



Project Feasibility Study for Resort – Molokai Island

Confidential Client  |  As hotel-resort development consultants, we provided a resort project feasibility study with financial projections and capital budgeting, along with select development due diligence items.   For a proposed resort on the mauka side of Kamehameha V Highway east of Kaunakakai on the island of Moloka’i.   StoneCreek has worked with clients throughout the Hawaiian Islands preparing due diligence reviews for proposed acquisitions, conceptual approaches to resort development, and project feasibility studies for resorts, shopping centers, and planned communities.


Most of the history of the first Hawaiians in Molokai comes from chants, passed down from generation to generation, which have kept a chronology of events, battles and lineage. Captain James Cooke signed Molokai in November 1778, on his first visit to the region – the Sandwich Islands as he called them. Captain George Dixon in 1786 was the first European to actually set foot on and visit Molokai.  Hawaiians first migrated to Molokai about 650 A.D., generally considered to have come first from the Marquesas, then in double hulled canoes from Tahiti and other South Pacific islands.


On the Hawaiian islands, feasibility studies for resorts can become complex, with sensibility for cultural and historical factors of Native Hawaiians requiring – always required.   This project feasibility study for resort was no exception.




Real Estate Advisory Services - master land use planning consultants

Land Development Consultants for Resort

Land development consultants for resort planned for the Big Island of Hawaii.   Our consulting work for North Kohala Ranch included a market evaluation, the project feasibility analysis, built product concepts, conceptual master planning, and initial entitlements strategy.


The big idea for the project was a master-planned resort with substantial wellness facilities, golf, and extensive outdoor recreation activities.   Recommendations included a 240-room main resort along with residential development overlooking Māhukona Harbor.   The harbor is actually an abandoned commercial harbor used by the Kohala Sugar Company.


For this work we acted as land development consultants for for this resort was on behalf of Chalon International of Hawaii.  In December 1988, Chalon International of Hawaii (Chalon Hawaii) had been established as a subsidiary of Chalon Corporation, a Japanese company.


For this work we acted as land development consultants for for this resort was on behalf of Chalon International of Hawaii.  In December 1988, Chalon International of Hawaii (Chalon Hawaii) had been established as a subsidiary of Chalon Corporation, a Japanese company.

This former commercial harbor for Kohala Sugar Company was part of an extensive sugar cane farming and production operation.


The North Kohala district is the portion of the Big Island (a/k/a Hawaii County) at its extreme north tip, the region where Kamehameha the Great was born.   This part of the Big Island is known for its scenic valleys, its ranching culture and the Paniolos (Hawaiian cowboys), and extensive role in Hawaiian history.   During the initial environmental review of the landholding, more than 11,000 archaeological and historic sites were identified.   Our work as land development consultants for resort concepting and development included consideration of such sensitive cultural and historical sites of the indigenous Hawaiians.


The scenic valleys created by Kohala volcano were extensively cultivated in ancient times, where the valleys were terraced for farming with ditch irrigation systems that brought water from mountain streams to crops such as taro, sweet potatoes, and bananas.



Chalon Hawaii (later renamed Surety Kohala) was formed to acquire, own and develop the vacant land of Kohala Land, which at the time consisted of about 19,384 acres.  The majority of Kohala Land’s property was zoned at the time, for agriculture.   Kohala Land property had been used for sugar cane production for  a century or more until 1975 when the primary facility (Kohala Sugar Company) was closed. After the cessation of sugar cane operations there were no major activities on the land, which was left vacant.

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