Fines levied on supermodel's Hawaii property
Kathy Ireland Weddings owes $139,750
A former supermodel's Hawaii business is under scrutiny and it owes the city hundreds of thousands of dollars.
At Ocean Front Oasis, the sunset, beach and a multi-million dollar property make up a prime location for a dream wedding. But this place of peace comes at the expense of some members in the Aina Haina/Niu Valley community.
"It's a chronic problem overall, there's a lot of properties that are being used for commercial purposes," says Peter Kay, the Kuli'ou'ou/Kalani Iki neighborhood board chair.
At the Kuli'ou'ou/Kalani Iki neighborhood board meeting, no one from the community spoke out on the topic. We're told residents fear retaliation.
"Several of our residents are concerned about what's happening with this property," says Kay.
The property is partially owned by former super model Kathy Ireland. She's one of four owners. Ocean Front Oasis is one of two properties listed on her wedding website.
We're told weddings and events used to be held at this home off Kalanianaole Highway, but some community members are upset because when there's a party guests fill up the street parking throughout their neighborhood.
"The problem doesn't seem to be abating, if anything its increasing," says Kay.
According to Ireland's website the business is no longer accepting weddings until further notice. Perhaps because of the $139,750 worth of fines levied against it. But that's not all, the city says Ireland's Hawaii locations may lose it all as the Department of Planning and Permitting is committed to shutting down the two locations operations.
"They are now working with council to get a lien on the property, they will also pursue a foreclosure on the property," says Michael Leong, a representative on behalf of City Council member Stanley Chang.
Neighborhood board chair Peter Kay says they're not singling out Ireland's properties on purpose. They're well aware of over a dozen more residential beach front properties in the area involved in commercial activities. They'd like to stop them all but still have questions on how to do it.
"If there's fines if they're outstanding, if they've been collected great, if not why is it taking so long," says Kay.
We're told the second of Ireland's Hawaii properties, called Beach Front, hosted a wedding about a month ago. We tried numerous times Thursday night to reach Kathy Ireland Weddings but no one returned our calls.
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