The Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, has gotten the green light to proceed with a $250 million renovation plan, according to a report in the Maui News.

The Maui Planning Commission approved a special area permit for the renovations, which will include an extension of the hotel’s existing Molokini Wing, expansion of the pool areas and the removal of the resort’s chapel to create space for an extension of the existing Lagoon Wing. When finished, the project will add 300 rooms, bringing the resort's total to 1,100, the newspaper said.

The renovation project had been on hold since 2009 due to a legal dispute with Maui residents involving the height of the proposed expansion and concerns about disrupting native Hawaiian burial sites. A settlement was reached between the residents and the resort late last month.

A representative for the Grand Wailea told the Maui News that the renovation and upgrade work will be done in phases and will likely take at least five years to complete.
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