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New luxury condo tower will include $9 million penthouses
Pacific Business News
Date: Thursday, November 1, 2012, 2:54pm HST



A 23-story ultra-luxury condominium tower to be built atop a parking garage adjacent to Nordstrom’s Ala Moana Center store will have penthouse units priced at more than $9 million.

The project, called ONE Ala Moana, is being developed by HHMK Development LLC, whose members include landowner The Howard Hughes Corp. (NYSE: HHC), The MacNaughton Group and the Kobayashi Group. It will have 206 one-, two- and three-bedroom units that will range in size from 760 square feet to 4,100 square feet. Prices for the units will start at $500,000 for lower-floor, one-bedroom units with mountain views and go up to more than $9 million for penthouse suites. The average price for a unit will be about $1.6 million, the developer said.

“We are seeing extensive interest among potential purchasers and anticipate rapid sales because of the unique location, high-quality design and finishes and the fact that buyers could be living in their new homes within the next 24 months,” said Bert Kobayashi Sr., founder and and senior adviser at Kobayashi Group. “The early interest is from individual buyers and the high-end Realtor community, both in and outside Hawaii, who know our reputation and dedication to exceptional quality and stand-out developments.”

The project is being partially financed by $40 million in mezzanine debt, with $20 million provided by Alexander & Baldwin Inc.’s (NYSE: ALEX) real estate subsidiary, A&B Properties Inc., and $20 million from List Island Properties LLC, a Japan-based subsidiary of LIST Co. Ltd., a Sotheby’s International Realty. The building is being designed by Hawaii architectural firm Benjamin Woo Architects and Solomon Cordwell Buenze, which is based in San Francisco and Chicago. Honolulu-based Philpotts Interiors is the interior designer on the project. Heyer & Associates LLC is the exclusive broker for the project.

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Marshall Hung gets OK to build $200M high-rise on former Honolulu Advertiser office site
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Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 4:10pm HST

Looks ugly from what I can see. Hopefully this is not the final design.

Image Source: Honolulu Star Advertiser

Hawaii developer Marshall Hung won approval Wednesday from a state agency to build a $200 million high-rise affordable condominium on the site of the former Honolulu Advertiser building.

All 635 units in the 46-story tower proposed for the 801 South St. project will be designated work-force housing and will be priced from $250,000 to $550,000, according to a statement from Hung’s Downtown Capital LLC.

Construction on the project will begin in mid-2013, pending approval of permits for the project, whose team includes general contractor Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co., architects Kazu Yato AIA & Associates Inc. and the real estate brokerage Marcus & Associates Inc.

The developer has plans for a second, 400-unit high-rise building adjacent to the first tower if sales and demand are strong.

“We are very optimistic that we will sell out quickly,” Hung said.

Source: Pacific Business News

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And here's another rendering of one of the two proposals for the 650 ft. 690 Pohukaina project.

Source: HawaiiNewsNow.com
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Pacrep LLC revises plans for hotel condo high-rise in Waikiki
Pacific Business News by Janis L. Magin, Managing Editor of Digital Content
Date: Friday, December 7, 2012, 12:19pm HST

*Another ugly proposal


This rendering by New York-based Guerin Glass Architect shows the 2121 Kuhio project in Waikiki proposed by Pacrep LLC.

Pacrep LLC, the California developer that proposes to build a 459-unit hotel condominium on Kuhio Avenue in Waikiki, has reduced the width of the planned 350-foot building and added three additional floors.

Pacrep filed a final environmental assessment with the state for the $275 million 2121 Kuhio project planned for 1.4 acres on the site of the former Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand.

The draft EA filed last summer outlined plans for a 34-story building designed by New York-based Guerin Glass Architects with an Ewa-Diamond Head orientation along Kuhio Avenue within the same 350-foot height. The final environmental assessment calls for 37 floors.

Source: Pacific Business News

‘Big plans’ in store for Kakaako office building
Pacific Business News by Duane Shimogawa, Reporter
Date: Friday, December 7, 2012, 1:00am HST


Formerly known as the Gold Bond Building, the large office building at 677 Ala Moana Blvd. is located close to planned developments in Kakaako.

prominent 272,191-square-foot mixed-use building located on the outskirts of Downtown Honolulu and in the heart of the redevelopment master plan for Kakaako could undergo some major changes soon.

PM Realty Group, the exclusive leasing and property management company for the 677 Ala Moana Building, formerly known as the Gold Bond Building, told PBN that “big plans are going to happen,” although it declined to provide details.

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Work on affordable rentals finally begins

Construction of an affordable rental apartment tower in Kakaako called Hale­kau­wila Place has begun after a four-year delay largely over financing. But in overcoming the challenge, the project acquired a silver lining that will benefit lower-income residents.
The 19-story tower with 204 units will be limited to tenants earning no more than 60 percent of Hono­lulu's median family income, which equates to about $43,000 for a single person or $62,000 for a couple with two children.
Source: Honolulu Star Advertiser

YMCA of Honolulu moving forward with redevelopment of Central Y property
Duane Shimogawa
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Plans are moving ahead for the redevelopment of the Central YMCA property in Honolulu, which calls for a new 150-unit condominium called “Aloha Kai,” along with new facilities for the YMCA and a private, ground-level park for residents.

The City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Planning and Permitting is reviewing the application for a zoning change from medium-density apartment with a height limit of 150 feet to high-density apartment mixed-use with a height limit of 350 feet.

The new Central YMCA calls for a three-story, 30,000-square-foot building that will house a health-and-fitness center, swimming pool, locker rooms, among other amenities.

The new building will not have residential units and residents in the existing building’s 115 residential rooms will have at least 18 months to move out.

Completion of the project is slated for 2016.

Source: Pacific Business News

Public land sought for artists’ lofts
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 18, 2013


Living in Honolulu, where housing costs are often higher than in any other U.S. city, is hard. Living here is even harder for starving artists.
But two nonprofits aim to make it easier for artists to live in and contribute their art to an area increasingly dominated by luxury condominiums.

A nine-story building envisioned on state land in Kakaako would deliver 80 live/work units for low-income artists along with space for a Native Hawaiian cultural center for teaching and performing arts such as hula and music. Financing the $40 million project, however, has been challenging.

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I have to gulp when I read of this affordable housing complex, $43k for a single person!

Yikes! I've never made that kind of money and never will!

I'm guessing that one of the reasons for the high costs of housing in Hawaii is due to the stampede of Asian buyers. A project gets built, and it's all snapped up in no time!

If 40% of the current buyers in Las Vegas are Chinese, I'm sure it's higher in Hawaii, as it's closer to home! Las Vegas would add 6-7 more hours of flight time!

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^Yes, there are lots of buyers from Asia (Japan, China & Korea especially) but also many from Canada and from the US Mainland.

Here's a crappy looking proposal/rendering. I just wish they'd be a bit more creative and bold with their designs.

801 South Street

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Condo project picks nearly 700 potential buyers

About 400 units are available at 801 South St., the former site of The Honolulu Advertiser

By Andrew Gomes

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 27, 2013

The planned 801 South St. condominium tower in Hono­lulu reserved for middle-class buyers is being called a sellout after a lottery last week.
Nearly 700 slips of paper corresponding to prospective purchasers were pulled from a barrel tumbler at the event Saturday to select buyers for units priced from $253,200 for studios to $501,300 for two-bedroom units with two bathrooms.

Source: Honolulu Star Advertiser
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Development plan for old CompUSA site in Kakaako unveiled

By Andrew Gomes

POSTED: 11:06 a.m. HST, Apr 09, 2013
LAST UPDATED: 11:24 a.m. HST, Apr 09, 2013


Honolulu developer Alexander & Baldwin Inc. unveiled plans today — as seen in this artist's rendering — for redeveloping the former CompUSA store site in Kakaako, and the more than $200 million project will include 466 condominiums, retail and restaurants in one tower and a pair of low-rise buildings. (Courtesy Alexander & Baldwin Inc.)

Honolulu developer Alexander & Baldwin Inc. unveiled plans today for redeveloping the former CompUSA store site in Kakaako, and the more than $200 million project will include 466 condominiums, retail and restaurants in one tower and a pair of low-rise buildings.

The project called The Collection still needs approval from the Hawaii Community Development Authority, so it is at least a year away from construction.

Condo unit sales are expected to begin this summer, with prices starting near $400,000 and going well above $700,000, A&B indicated.

A&B has an option to buy the site once occupied by CompUSA from Kamehameha Schools for an undisclosed price.

Kamehameha Schools has a master plan for nine blocks in the area approved for a mix of high-rise and low-rise development, and the A&B project represents the second major piece of redevelopment in that plan. The first piece was a mid-rise rental apartment building known as 680 Ala Moana that Kamehameha Schools converted from an old office building.

Source: Honolulu Star Advertiser

The Collection will include a 43-story tower with 400 one-, two- and three-bedroom units, a four-story mid-rise building with studios and some one- and two-bedroom units, and 16 two- and three-bedroom townhomes with individual garages.
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the greatest current project in non-new york usa?
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The Hawaii Community Development Authority on Thursday voted unanimously to select Forest City Hawaii to develop the $500 million 690 Pohukaina mixed-use project in Honolulu, which would include 800 affordable rental housing units.
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Condo project touches a nerve
Modified spacing for the planned Kakaako tower has neighbors fearing the squeeze
By Andrew Gomes
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 02, 2013


A planned Kakaako condominium tower dubbed 803 Waimanu reserved for middle-income buyers will be a relatively tight fit for its location — too tight for residents in an adjacent high-rise who objected to the project at a public hearing Wednesday.
The developer of the proposed 197-unit tower is asking a state agency that regulates development in Kakaako to let the project rise significantly above the height limit for the site and stand closer to the adjacent Imperial Plaza building than rules permit.

Source: Honolulu Star Advertiser

$739M project set for takeoff
By Marcel Honoré
POSTED: 02:14 a.m. HST, May 02, 2013


After years of planning, the largest airport expansion in Hawaii's history is finally taking off.
The ground breaks today on a sweeping four-year modernization of Honolulu Airport, starting with a new building for Aloha Air Cargo.
Source: Honolulu Star Advertiser

The state of Hawaii plans to break ground Thursday on a four-year, $739 million renovation and expansion at Honolulu International Airport, starting with a new maintenance building for Aloha Air Cargo.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the project, which has been in the works since 2005, will include a new rental-car facility, two new concourses, wider taxiways for larger planes and additional gates and space to park aircraft.

The newspaper reports the project will add six new gates for a total of 58 gates, and 10 additional parking spaces for aircraft for a total of 65 spaces.

The newspaper also reports that the rental car companies will take 2,000 spaces in the overseas terminal while the new rental car facility is being built, but state Department of Transportation officials said an analysis found that the 1,000 spaces available in the international overseas garage will be enough to handle the load during construction.

PBN previously reported that the work also includes demolishing the existing commuter terminal used by Island Air, go!, Mokulele Airlines and Pacific Wings, and building a new one east of the Diamond Head concourse.

Source: Pacific Business News



As part of the larger statewide Hawaii Airports Modernization Program, the new facilities and improvements at Honolulu International Airport consist of a multi-year effort to transform HNL into a distinctive, functional airport, worthy of a first class visitor destination and to meet the growing needs of residents and visitors alike.

The major components of Honolulu International Airport Modernization Program are:

· Mauka Concourse
· Diamond Head Commuter Terminal
· Consolidated Rental Car Facility (CONRAC)
· Aloha Air Cargo Facility
· Hawaiian Airlines Cargo/Maintenance Facility
· Widening of Taxilanes G & L
· New Employee Parking Lot





Hawaiian Airlines Cargo/Maintenance Facility


Consolidated Rental Car Facility (CONRAC)


New Mauka Concourse *Mauka means towards the mountains/inland





Source: [url=http://hawaiiairportsmodernization.com/[/url]
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I'll believe this when I see it! Although, sounds good to me!

Kaka'ako Transit Oriented Development: Sky is the limit
Overlay of what’s possible includes three skyscrapers up to 700 feet tall

UPDATED 7:02 AM HST May 14, 2013


The just-released parameters of Transit Oriented Development encourages very tall, slender towers -- and lots of them in certain areas.

"It seems the Hawaii Community Development Authority is bending toward the whims of the developers in the area," said Wayne Takamine, of the Kaka'ako Community Advisory Council.

The just-released details of what's possible calls for buildings to exceed the 400-foot height limit.

It's an eye-opener -- an unspecified number of high-rises up to 550-feet-tall.

And instead of the one iconic super tower -- the 690 Pohukaina development -- there would be three.


One skyscraper would be allowed in the Auahi area, one in the Thomas Square area near the Neal Blaisdell Center, and one in the Pauahi area.

Imagine -- a building one-and-a-half-times as tall as the Waterfront Towers.

Area lawmakers worried about the variances to the Kaka'ako master plan say: "Not so fast."

"It lends itself to really diminish public trust in the agency because people sort of think, was that plan really just a fake, and was this what you had planned all along?" said Councilwoman Carol Fukunaga.

Source: KITV.com

**For the TOD Overlay Plan you can go here>> Transit Oriented Development Plan
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$739M project set for takeoff
By Marcel Honoré
POSTED: 02:14 a.m. HST, May 02, 2013


After years of planning, the largest airport expansion in Hawaii's history is finally taking off.
The ground breaks today on a sweeping four-year modernization of Honolulu Airport, starting with a new building for Aloha Air Cargo.
Source: Honolulu Star Advertiser

The state of Hawaii plans to break ground Thursday on a four-year, $739 million renovation and expansion at Honolulu International Airport, starting with a new maintenance building for Aloha Air Cargo.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the project, which has been in the works since 2005, will include a new rental-car facility, two new concourses, wider taxiways for larger planes and additional gates and space to park aircraft.

The newspaper reports the project will add six new gates for a total of 58 gates, and 10 additional parking spaces for aircraft for a total of 65 spaces.

The newspaper also reports that the rental car companies will take 2,000 spaces in the overseas terminal while the new rental car facility is being built, but state Department of Transportation officials said an analysis found that the 1,000 spaces available in the international overseas garage will be enough to handle the load during construction.

PBN previously reported that the work also includes demolishing the existing commuter terminal used by Island Air, go!, Mokulele Airlines and Pacific Wings, and building a new one east of the Diamond Head concourse.

Source: Pacific Business News



As part of the larger statewide Hawaii Airports Modernization Program, the new facilities and improvements at Honolulu International Airport consist of a multi-year effort to transform HNL into a distinctive, functional airport, worthy of a first class visitor destination and to meet the growing needs of residents and visitors alike.

The major components of Honolulu International Airport Modernization Program are:

· Mauka Concourse
· Diamond Head Commuter Terminal
· Consolidated Rental Car Facility (CONRAC)
· Aloha Air Cargo Facility
· Hawaiian Airlines Cargo/Maintenance Facility
· Widening of Taxilanes G & L
· New Employee Parking Lot


Source: [url=http://hawaiiairportsmodernization.com/[/url]


While these plans will no doubt create a better HNL airport, this project is underwhelming when compared to the previous modernization plan, which apparently has been nixed.

The previous plan would have rebuilt the Ewa and Diamond Head (which are 40+ years old IIRC) concourses into linear concourses which make much more productive use of the same space - primarily allowing aircraft to park on both sides of the concourse, reducing walking distances and eliminating the need for the WikiWiki shuttle.

It would have resulted in the entire terminal complex being a single, simple to use structure. What they are doing now is simply continuing to add on in a piecemeal fashion to an already hodgepodge layout.

Here is the previous plan:




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^The previous plan looks much better too bad that they ended up changing it.

Here's more big development news for the city.

Three condo towers, 900 units, in first phase of Howard Hughes Corp.’s Ward master plan

Duane Shimogawa
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Pacific Business News

This rendering shows The Howard Hughes Corp.'s planned market-rate condominium towers, which located diagonally across the street from each other at the corner of Auahi and Kamakee streets, part of the developer's Ward Village master-planned community.


This rendering shows The Howard Hughes Corp.'s planned 415-unit, mostly affordable condominium at 404 Ward Ave., part of the developer's Ward Village master-planned community.



Above image source: Honolulu Star Advertiser

The Howard Hughes Corp. plans to add more than 900 residential units in two market-rate condominium towers and one mostly affordable residential tower as part of the first phase of its Ward Village master plan in Honolulu’s Kakaako neighborhood.

David Striph, senior vice president of Hawaii for Dallas-based Howard Hughes Corp. (NYSE: HHC) said Tuesday that the developer is in the process of renovating the iconic IBM Building into a new information center and sales gallery as part of its first phase of the 60-acre urban master planned community that would eventually double the retail, dining and entertainment space in Kakaako.

Ninety percent of the units in a 415-unit tower planned for 404 Ward Ave., which would include commercial space and parking, would be affordable, with the rest market rate.

Nick Vanderboom, senior vice president of development for The Howard Hughes Corp., said that the two market rate towers — one planned for a surface parking lot across from the Consolidated Theatres Ward Stadium 16 and the other at the current Pier 1 Imports location diagonally across the street — will have a total of 500 units. Pier 1 Imports (NYSE: PIR) will be relocated to another spot to accommodate the tower.

Vanderboom said that one tower will have 300 units and the other will have 200 units, but the price ranges for both are still being worked out.

The plan is to build the out the first phase concurrently with the affordable tower being the first application submitted to the Hawaii Community Development Authority. A hearing for the project is scheduled for next month.

Vanderboom says he expects that it will submit applications for the other projects some time this summer.

Groundbreaking for the first phase is scheduled for early next year with an expected finish date in early 2016, he said.

Howard Hughes Corp. has selected architects for the first phase, including an unidentified local firm, but has yet to choose general contractors for the first phase, Vanderboom said.

This first phase is expected to have an economic impact of $1.25 billion, create 9,000 direct and indirect jobs and add more than 1.5 million square feet as well as more than 900 residential units to Kakaako, which is being called “The Third City.”

Howard Hughes Corp. said that it has gone beyond many of the requirements for development under the master plan approved by the HCDA, noting that the towers in the first phase will have a mauka-makai orientation, which will showcase the views for residents while preserving the skyline for others.

The company also plans to build more than three times the required affordable housing in the first phase and new buildings along Ala Moana Boulevard will be set back to create a “greenbelt lined with townhouses.”

Ward’s approved master plan allows for up to 9.3 million total square feet of mixed-use development, including more than 4,000 residential units and about 1.5 million square feet of retail and other commercial space, said David Weinreb, CEO of Howard Hughes, in a letter to shareholders in March.

He noted that Ward Village has development rights for 22 high-rise towers in an urban master-planned community setting. Ward Village’s transformation is scheduled to happen throughout the next decade.

Source: Pacific Business News

It looks like Honolulu is about to enter a fairly huge building boom this decade it will be pretty fascinating to see what the city will look like in the near future especially if they are allowed to build 500-700 footers.
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10,000+ new people in a true ward "village" is just mind-boggling and fantastic. obviously, it doesn't even need to be mentioned that this is a direct response to the hart train line. what i love more than anything is that this area around ala moana is like the 3rd best walking area in honolulu (after waikiki and dt/chinatown) and this will go a long way to stitching the areas together into a contiguous line.
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^It's going to be quite amazing especially if this proposal does pan out!

Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) - Agency’s plan would rebuild Blaisdell complex



The city's aging Neal S. Blaisdell Center could be a site of one of three proposed 700-foot residential towers under a draft plan proposed by a state agency regulating development in Kakaako.

The plan would give the city the ability to let a private developer build such a tower in return for replacing the Blaisdell with new public concert and event facilities.

There could even be a business hotel, a multi-plex cinema and a large park on the Blaisdell site, along with new performing arts facilities, parking and the high-rise, the plan suggests.

The draft plan is being proposed by the Hawaii Community Development Authority, the state agency regulating development in Kakaako, and aims to allow higher-density development in areas largely concentrated around two city rail stations slated for Kakaako.

The authority released a summary of the plan on May 10, unveiling broad strokes of the proposed draft rules -- including raising tower height limits to 550 feet from 400 feet in some areas, plus authorizing three towers up to 700 feet.

The site for one of those towers -- the Blaisdell -- is described in the full 206-page draft, a copy of which was released Wednesday.

This is a perfect opportunity -- should the city take it, said Anthony Ching, the development authority's executive director.

A representative of Mayor Kirk Caldwell's administration could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi, who represents Kakaako, said she's open to a private-public partnership redeveloping the Blaisdell with new public facilities.

That's probably the only way to get funding, she said. But Kobayashi added that any redevelopment should fit the neighborhood. "It's hard to envision a 700-foot tower next to McKinley High School."

Sites for the other two envisioned 700-foot towers would be near the city's two planned rail stations, but are not more precisely specified.

Kobayashi encouraged people to have open minds about building higher in Kakaako. "We are a city," she said. "We have to keep our options open."

The Sierra Club has yet to take a position on the draft plan. But other observers, including Henry Curtis of the Outdoor Circle, have derided the idea of building above 400 feet. Traffic is another concern raised by some residents.

The areas in Kakaako that would have a 550-foot height limit is another significant new piece of the plan disclosed Wednesday.

In the proposal, all parcels fronting Ala Moana Boulevard up to Auahi Street would be restricted to existing height limits that permit a certain percentage of buildings developed on that strip to rise 400 feet.

An interior core of Kakaako mainly made up of small parcels, along with land Ewa of South Street and an area known as the Sheridan Tract, also would be given no height increases. The area makai of Ala Moana known as Kakaako Makai is not part of the plan.

Ching said the objective of the proposed transit-oriented development, or TOD, rules is to increase pedestrian activity around transit-rich areas that include the rail stations and gathering places such as the Blaisdell.

It's not just about building tall buildings, he said. "The TOD plan will enable the Kakaako Community Development District to become a sustainable, highly livable, culturally vibrant, economically healthy, and walkable neighborhood. This is exactly what our governor has envisioned for Kakaako -- a pedestrian-oriented development community."

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has described Kakaako, which for decades has been envisioned by state planners for high-density residential development, as a "third city" on Oahu.

Establishing a transit-rich and diverse community in Kakaako is one of the highest priorities of my administration, he said in a statement. "Realizing a vibrant pedestrian-first community in Kakaako will mean less urban sprawl and an opportunity to improve the quality of life for Hawaii families."

Kakaako is a roughly 450-acre area bounded by Ala Moana Boulevard and South King, Punchbowl and Piikoi streets.

More than a dozen residential high-rise towers have been built in the area over the past few decades, and close to that number are now in the works. Raising height limits wouldn't necessarily increase the number of towers eventually built in Kakaako, but the proposed rules would dramatically reshape a large piece of Honolulu's skyline and increase the number of people living in the area.

Ching said taller, slimmer towers will produce a less cluttered environment and reduce impacts on views.

The proposed new rules also provide for improved pedestrian paths, bike lanes and parking, which along with rail and bus transit should reduce automobile trips and enhance the existing quality of the Kakaako region, the plan said.

The development authority will hold a series of public discussions on the plan starting this evening.

The agency is working on an environmental impact statement, and will need to hold public hearings before final rules are considered for adoption by its board of directors.

Ching anticipates that it's possible that rules could go into effect in the first quarter of next year if approved.

Source: Honolulu Star Advertiser

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Kamehameha Schools to present mixed-use Salt project to HCDA
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Kamehameha Schools is scheduled to formally present its Kakaako mixed-use project called Salt — which includes 80,000-square-feet of specialty retail behind Six Eighty Ala Moana, a 54 loft-style rental unit development — to the Hawaii Community Development Authority on July 3.

The project site is along Auahi Street, between Keawe and Coral streets and behind Kamehameha Schools’ Six Eighty Ala Moana project. The entire block is identified as “Block F” in the Kamehameha Schools’ Kakaako Master Plan.

The project proposes the joint development and adaptive reuse of all existing buildings with the site and also includes the construction of a 267-stall parking garage, the HCDA said.

Plans are to add 20,000 more square feet of open space for a plaza, landscaping, paved walkways and seating.

Kamehameha Schools said previously that it plans to spend $30 million on the redevelopment of the project, which is named Salt in recognition of the Kakaako salt ponds in the mid-1800s.

There are currently 26 tenants on the block, many of them local, boutique retailers , who have expressed an interest in remaining on-site, said a Kamehameha Schools spokesman, who also noted that for tenants whose use is not suited for Salt, it will work with them to find alternate locations.

Kamehameha Schools said previously that Salt is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2014.

The HCDA is scheduled to make a decision on the project on Aug. 7.

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Here are a bunch of renderings of the proposed project called Salt at Kakaako:









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The previous plan would have rebuilt the Ewa and Diamond Head (which are 40+ years old IIRC) concourses into linear concourses which make much more productive use of the same space - primarily allowing aircraft to park on both sides of the concourse, reducing walking distances and eliminating the need for the WikiWiki shuttle.
So....The WikiWiki Shuttle to be eliminating? How those people to get it back to overseas terminal? There is no shuttle out there. Is that possible? Do you think that they will installed the people moving sidewalk? Because those people who doesn't want to walk by another concourse. They needs a electric carts.

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It would have resulted in the entire terminal complex being a single, simple to use structure. What they are doing now is simply continuing to add on in a piecemeal fashion to an already hodgepodge layout.
So....Is going to be change? What is happening now? HNL will have a big change. What about new concessions, new airline lounge, new TSA checkpoint, free Wifi as well.
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350-foot YMCA tower would include 128 condo units
Would include new YMCA building, more amenities




HONOLULU —Developers want to re-zone the property at 841 Atkinson Dr. where the Central YMCA sits, so they can build a 350-foot condominium tower.

They told a packed room at a Wednesday Planning Commission meeting that a taller, slimmer tower would mean a smaller footprint, but more units.

In addition, developers would tear-down and rebuild the YMCA, this time with three stories, 30,000 square feet of space and other amenities. The YMCA partnered with Aloha Kai Development, LCC since it lacked the resources to erect a new building on its own.

"This development allows the YMCA to one, get a new building, and two, remain in this neighborhood, which is our primary objective," said YMCA Executive Vice President and COO Michael Doss.

The 350-foot tower would be 39-floors and feature 128 apartments and 266 parking stalls. Aloha Kai would also be required to offer 42 affordable housing units at an off site location.

"We're looking actually at a rental building that would be really truly affordable," said John Whalen, owner of PlanPacific Inc., which is assisting Aloha Kai with the rezoning effort. "So we're not talking about marginally affordable, but something that reaches people who would otherwise not be able to afford any other kind of housing."

YMCA members were thrilled with the plan, but others in the area said it would make an already congested traffic area even worse. Detractors are also worried what a 350-foot tower would do to existing view planes.

"I'm sitting on my lanai looking at my beautiful view and realizing that I'm going to have a two-year demolition and construction project in my lap," said Ian Washburn, who lives at nearby Atkinson Plaza. "When it's finished (and) when the dust settles, I won't be able to have the view that I enjoy, and I'll have added traffic (and) added people on the sidewalk."

Many condo owners who live near the YMCA testified they were never notified about redevelopment plans, but Whalen said the developer did what was required.

"We did follow the steps that the LUO, the land use ordinance, requires for notification," said Whalen. "The Department of Planning and Permitting decided that we had followed that."

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Honolulu agency releases rail transit station renderings, plans public meetings


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This rendering shows the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation's proposed rail transit station at West Loch


This rendering shows the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation's proposed rail transit station in Waipahu.


This rendering shows the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation's proposed rail transit station at Leeward Community College.


The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation on Tuesday released renderings of three proposed rail station designs, and it plans to hold a series of public meetings next week to gather input on the designs.

HART officials, including Executive Director and CEO Dan Grabauskas and Board Chairwoman Carrie Okinaga, along with Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Honolulu City Councilman Breene Harimoto, unveiled a model of the West Loch station at a news conference in Waipahu, where the meeting to discuss that station, along with the Waipahu and Leeward Community College stations, will take place on June 25.

“Our rail stations are in the process of being redesigned to be modular, smaller and more user-friendly, and to fit better with surrounding communities,” Grabauskas said in a statement. “We are looking forward to sharing our latest designs and to receiving some feedback on what the public would like to see.”

Other meetings will be held next month to discuss the designs for the East Kapolei and University of Hawaii-West Oahu stations.

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***Also an alternative plan is to have part of it go underground just west of the CBD to just east of the CBD along Beretania Street***


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Waikiki harbor project to include boatyard, steakhouse, wedding chapels

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This artist's rendering shows Honey Bee USA Inc.'s boatyard building it plans to build along Ala Moana Boulevard as part of its Waikiki Landing project at the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor.


This artist's rendering shows Honey Bee USA Inc.'s fuel dock building it plans to as part of its Waikiki Landing project at the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor.


Honey Bee USA Inc. has revealed more of its $20 million plan to redevelop a part of the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor called Waikiki Landing with wedding chapels, restaurants, retail and office space, as well as a boat repair facility and fuel dock.

The Japan-based developer recently pulled a building permit for a building, repair deck and wharf building.

Keith Kiuchi, an attorney for Honey Bee USA, told PBN that construction for the project will ramp up on July 22 with a completion date of April 2014. Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. Inc. is the general contractor for the project, Kiuchi said.

The four-story boatyard building along Ala Moana Boulevard will have an area with kiosks and carts on the first floor, mainly tenants who will be displaced by from the planned redeveloped International Market Place, and 808 Boats, a marine retail store and boat dealer.

A Serino’s Pizza will be on the second floor, a 5,200-square-foot Japanese restaurant will take up the third floor and a 5,200-square-foot fine dining steakhouse with a retractable roof run by Sacramento entrepreneur Briant Benson will be the fourth floor tenant.

“[Benson] runs a medical supply company in Sacramento and also owns a hotel and restaurant in Costa Rica,” Kiuchi said. “The retractable roof will give people a nice view of the evening sky.”

He said that Benson plans to open his steakhouse restaurant in May 2014.

Meantime, the two-story wharf building will feature fast-food restaurants on the first floor and a beer house on the second floor.

“We’re negotiating with an operator [for the beer house],” Kiuchi said. “We’re also negotiating with the operator to license a brand.”

The two wedding chapels are run by Tutu USA of Japan and Gloria Bridal Services, which also operates a wedding chapel at Sea Life Park, Kiuchi said.

He also pointed out that Robert’s Hawaii and Hawaiian Surf Adventures, which will run a water taxi up and down the Ala Wai, have committed to their project. There are plans for an operator to run a 40-foot catamaran for tours.

Last November, the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources gave the green light to a revised plan by Honey Bee USA.

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Honolulu mayor proposes bike lanes beneath planned elevated rail transit tracks
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Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the city is considering placing a bicycle path underneath the elevated tracks of Honolulu's planned $5.16 billion rail transit system.

KITV reports Caldwell, who led state and federal officials on a five-mile bike ride through the city on Wednesday, said he calls the proposed bike path the "Green Line," and said it would connect to other bike lanes in the city.

KITV reports city Transportation Services Director Mike Formby says Caldwell's budget includes $100,000 to study the feasibility of a "Green Line."

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