Leeward Planning Commission gives OK to airport hotel proposal

Plans for the 239,456-square-foot site for the Keahole Hotel & Suites. (Courtesy photos/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Hotel room schematics for Keahole Hotel & Suites.

Passengers arriving on an interisland flight June 16, 2020, wait for their baggage at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

A new land use designation paving the way for a hotel to be built at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport was passed unanimously Thursday by the Leeward Planning Commission and now makes its way to the County Council.