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Old Posted Jul 29, 2013, 1:18 AM
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Hi there and thank you!

Hi everyone! I just wanted to say that this is an awesome site. Great pictures and articles! I live in Tempe Arizona and I am an avid follower of the Tempe Skyscraper blog (same site as this one) but I used to live in Hawaii till I graduated from high school (10 years or so in Honolulu.) I can't believe how much Honolulu has grown up. Wow. The fourth highest amount of high-rises in the country! Makes sense though- you have a lot of folks living in a small area.
Anyways- thanks for all the great photos! I can't wait to get back out there and see it all for myself- and I'm really excited you're finally getting a metro rail line! LONG needed! Traffic was terrible in Honolulu even when I lived there in the 80s!
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^You're welcome & here's another update:

Luxury condos to go up on Ala Moana Boulevard
Article courtesy of the Honolulu Star Advertiser, written by Kristen Consillio & POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 27, 2013

This rendering shows the Keauhou Lane project being developed by Stanford Carr Development and Kamehameha Schools.

^Image: Courtesy Kamehameha Schools/Stanford Carr Development



Seven high-rise towers with a total 2,750 units will provide housing in a variety of price ranges, the developer says

Kamehameha Schools is planning three luxury residential condominiums fronting Ala Moana Boulevard as part of its Kakaako master plan that will transform the neighborhood and generate projected revenue of $2 billion.

The landowner specified for the first time Friday plans for its seven towers in the urban district, including fee-simple luxury condominiums, as well as rental and fee-simple units reserved for middle-income families, with a total of 2,750 units.

“What we did specify in our overall master plan is that we would develop a diverse mix of products and that we were going to touch every income group,” said Paul Kay, Kame­ha­meha’s director of real estate development. “To do a true master-plan community, you really do have to provide a broad variety and mix of housing types. The point is to have them across the entire district. Certain blocks just lend themselves much better to moderate and workforce housing, and some of them just naturally lend themselves to a higher end.”

Kamehameha Schools’ 15-year Kakaako master plan, approved by the Hawaii Community Development Authority in 2009, covers 29 acres spread over nine blocks. It eventually will include seven towers and 300,000 square feet of commercial space. Kame­ha­meha Schools, Hawaii’s largest private landowner, is a private trust that uses its money to educate students of Hawaiian ancestry.

The market is ripe for development, which is driving the fourth piece of the Kakaako redevelopment master plan, a 600-unit project breaking ground late next year.

Kamehameha and Hono­lulu developer Stanford Carr announced Friday a $300 million residential project that will include a 40-story high-rise tower at 555 South St., currently an open parking area kitty-corner from Restaurant Row, as well as low-rise townhomes, live-work units, rental apartments and retail space.

The project, designed for the local market, is expected to generate more than 500 construction jobs and is slated for completion in 2016.

“The market’s only going to last so long before it tips again,” Kay added. “This project’s going to generate a lot of jobs. It really is an opportune time to try to make a place where people can come and live back in the urban core instead of having to spend all their time driving.”

Kamehameha is building roughly 150 live-work units, rental apartments, as well as retail space on more than 69,000 square feet of the property, while Stanford Carr Development will construct 450 units on roughly 93,000 square feet in the high-rise tower called Keau­hou Place and low-rise townhomes. The developer also will build a parking structure lined with the townhomes and commercial space that will include an undisclosed neighborhood grocery store along South and Pohu­kaina streets.

Carr said that he is investing roughly $250 million in the construction and land acquisition for his portion of the project, while Kame­ha­meha will spend about $40 million.

“This is a natural extension to really do a truly mixed-use project with a diversity of housing opportunities for different lifestyles,” said Carr, who also is developing Hale­­kau­­wila Place, an affordable rental apartment tower across from the project site next to Mother Waldron Park. “This was once a really diverse vibrant residential mixed-use community with small businesses and residences. We believe the critical mass justifies the means of creating a real neighborhood.”

The projects call for nearly 50,000 square feet of recreational space and in excess of 65,000 square feet of open space, including new landscaped sidewalks.

An estimated 40 percent of the housing units at the mix-used project called Keau­hou Lane will be reserved for middle-income families. The rental units will range in price from $1,050 to $1,300 per month. Fee-simple units will start in the high-$300,000 range. To qualify for so-called workforce housing units, renters can earn up to 100 percent of Hono­lulu’s median income, and fee-simple buyers can earn up to 140 percent.

Kamehameha launched two other projects as part of the Kakaako master plan earlier this year.

The first piece is being developed by Alexander & Baldwin Inc., which is buying the former site of a Comp­­USA store at the makai end of South Street from the trust and proposing a tower and low-rise buildings with 470 condominiums called The Collection.

The second piece is a retail complex dubbed SALT on a block adjacent to The Collection that will be created mostly by renovating old buildings on the site.

Both The Collection and SALT are pending approval by the Hawaii Community Development Authority. Kame­ha­meha unveiled its first residential project in October, with the completion of Six Eighty Ala Moana.

Some residents worry the area could become too congested.

“The location is convenient. It’s central to everywhere,” said Peter Choi, 51, who lives at the luxury Koolani condominium in Kakaako. “You have to pay a lot to live here. I don’t want the place to be overcrowded. There’s room to grow, but I would worry if there were too many people in this small area.”
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Looks like interest is VERY strong for the "Collection" in Kakaako. It blows my mind that a one bedroom condo is starting at $300k!!! YIKES! I guess that's the price of living in paradise! The building and location look incredible!

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/2...kaako-highrise
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^^That's a rather major development. Hopefully, it gets built.

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Looks like interest is VERY strong for the "Collection" in Kakaako. It blows my mind that a one bedroom condo is starting at $300k!!! YIKES! I guess that's the price of living in paradise! The building and location look incredible!

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/2...kaako-highrise
I used to live in a place with $600,000 1 bedroom condos and it was not paradise.
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^About 80% of the units for the Collection were sold over the opening sales weekend.

Here's more development news!

Developer Franco Mola planning to build workforce condos in Kapolei - a suburb of Honolulu



California developer Franco Mola's Coastal Rim Properties Inc. is scheduled to present plans at a Neighborhood Board meeting Wednesday night for four condominium towers that would be built on a lot in the middle of Oahu's Second City of Kapolei.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Coastal Rim Properties is in escrow to purchase the land from Goodwill Industries of Hawaii Inc., which bought the parcel in 2006 for the site of a career center but later built at another location in Kapolei. The newspaper reports a site plan shows that one of the towers, which will be about 10 to 12 stories each, will be designated as affordable senior housing, with the other three built as workforce housing.

Mola also recently submitted a scaled-down plan for the 803 Waimanu St. project in Kakaako to the Hawaii Community Development Authority, PBN reported Tuesday.

Sources: Pacific Business News & Honolulu Star Advertiser

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State approves two new condo towers near Ward Theatres

By Andrew Gomes

POSTED: 12:07 p.m. HST, Aug 21, 2013
LAST UPDATED: 12:27 p.m. HST, Aug 21, 2013

The Hawaii Community Development Authority voted 7-0 today to approve the building of a 177-unit luxury condominium tower on the parking lot makai of the Ward Theatres and a 318-unit tower on the site of Pier 1 Imports.

With unobstructed ocean views overlooking Ala Moana Beach Park and Kewalo Basin boat harbor, the larger of the two towers is expected to command prices that will reach or exceed several million dollars

Pier 1 will move to the new TJ Maxx building nearby to make way for the smaller of the two towers.

David Striph, senior vice president in Hawaii for the Howard Hughes Corp., the Dallas-based company that owns the 60-acre Ward Centers property, has said the two new towers are part of the first phase of a $7.5 billion Hughes Corp. master plan calling for 22 towers with up to 4,300 residential units replacing nearly all existing retail, warehouse and other buildings at Ward Centers over the next decade or more.

Source: Honolulu Star Advertiser

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Proposed Kakaako amusement park receives key state permit

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The developer of a $10 million Kakaako amusement park that will feature a go-cart track, miniature golf course, wave pool, indoor skydiving, skate park, rock climbing wall and several carnival amusement rides has received a key special management area permit from the state.

Alii International Services LLC is headed by Hawaii entrepreneur and extreme sports enthusiast Billy Balding, who has done work as a marine film coordinator and business consultant. He is calling the Kakaako Adventure Park “an urban adventure thrill-tainment and edu-tainment attraction in Kakaako.”

The park, which aims to create 30 jobs, is planned on three acres owned by Kamehameha Schools along Ala Moana Boulevard at 222 Ahui St.

In addition to Balding, the project involves James Owen, former president of Discover Hawaii Tours.

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Illuminage Group wants to create light exposition near Downtown Honolulu


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The Hawaii Community Development Authority is looking to lease some nine acres of land in Kakaako Waterfront Park near Downtown Honolulu to Illuminage Group. which wants to create a light exposition.

KITV reports the plan is part of the HCDA's effort to get the 30-acre park, which costs about $1 million per year to maintain, to sustain itself. KITV reports Illuminage Group created a light exhibit for Kakaako during the Christmas season last year.

Illuminage Group says on its website that the company was founded in Hawaii last year as a U.S. counterpart of Japan Illumination Association. In addition to lighting "events," the company also sells and distributes LED lights.
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Honolulu's about to go through a major condo boom soon with all these proposed & approved projects in the pipeline and just today there was another announcement for Honolulu's Kaka'ako area:

Source: Kobayashi Group, MacNaughton Group to develop luxury condos in Kakaako

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MK Development — a joint venture of well-known Hawaii developers the Kobayashi Group and The MacNaughton Group — is purchasing six acres in Kakaako from Kamehameha Schools for an undisclosed price with plans to develop two luxury mixed-use residential projects totaling about 500 units along the mauka side of Ala Moana Boulevard, a source close to the situation tells Pacific Business News.

The projects are located on “Block H” and “Block I” within the Kamehameha Schools “Our Kakaako” master plan that proposes seven residential towers with 2,750 units and 300,000 square feet of commercial space on 29 acres on nine city blocks. The two parcels are bounded by Ala Moana to the south, Auahi Street to the north and Cooke Street to the west and stretches nearly to Ward Avenue to the east.

An official announcement about these projects, whose units will likely have sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, is expected soon.

Currently, a Cutter Mazda automobile dealership and service center as well as an Office Max are on located the two parcels, which are separated in the center by Koula Street.

The Hawaii Community Development Authority, which oversees the redevelopment of Kakaako, still needs to approve these projects, which expect to start the sales process in the fall of 2015.

Prices for the units have not been set, but the condominium towers are expected to have commercial tenants such as shops and restaurants on the ground floors, similar to the Hokua condominium, another one of MK Development’s projects, which has Tango Contemporary Cafe and Panya Bistro & Bakery.

MK Development is close to selecting an architect and design partners for the projects, which are expected to attract both the international and Hawaii markets, the source said.


An Office Max store and the Cutter Mazda dealership are seen on Ala Moana Boulevard in Honolulu. The two blocks, owned by Kamehameha Schools, are to be developed by a joint venture of the Kobayashi Group and The MacNaughton Group into luxury condominium towers, a source tells Pacific Business News.

The Honolulu-based development team, which was formed in 2001, is no stranger to developing luxury mixed-use condo projects. Besides Hokua, it has also developed Capitol Place in Downtown Honolulu and is in the process of building One Ala Moana atop Nordstrom’s parking garage at Ala Moana Center.

Representatives from MK Development could not immediately be reached for comment.

Kamehameha Schools, through a spokeswoman, previously told PBN in an email that it did not have any more information on the towers planned for the mauka land along Ala Moana Boulevard, other than that those blocks have been designated within its master plan for future luxury housing.

“They will complement other fee simple and rental projects in ‘Our Kakaako,’” she said.

These newest condo plans are among at least 15 condo projects that include the more than 4,000 units planned for the so called “Third City” of Kakaako, which includes for-sale and rental options.
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Kakaako 'workforce housing' condo tower approved

By Andrew Gomes

POSTED: 02:15 p.m. HST, Dec 04, 2013
LAST UPDATED: 02:25 p.m. HST, Dec 04, 2013

This courtesy image shows what the two towers on South Street and Kapiolani Boulevard will look like.


A state agency approved a developer's plan today to build a 410-unit "workforce housing" condominium known as 801 South St. Tower B at the Ewa end of Kapiolani Boulevard.

The board of the Hawaii Community Development Authority, the agency regulating development in Kakaako, voted 6-0 to allow the project proposed by developer Downtown Capital LLC led by Marshall Hung.

Tower B is the second phase of 801 South, where construction is underway on an initial tower with 635 units.

Both towers are aimed at moderate-income buyers under HCDA "workforce housing" rules.

Prices for Tower A units range from $250,000 to $500,000. Prices for Tower B range from $329,400 to $692,300.

Source: Honolulu Star Advertiser
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Pacrep LLC plans another condo-hotel tower near Ritz-Carlton project in Waikiki

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The same developer who is in the process of building The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach condo-hotel project on Kuhio Avenue, is planning to develop a $159.5 million second condo-hotel that stands 39 stories nearby at 2139 Kuhio Avenue.

The nearly one-acre vacant lot on Kuhio Avenue, which is owned by a subsidiary of Foodland Super Market Ltd., currently contains surface parking with 67 stalls and a vacant gravel area that was previously occupied by a Food Pantry convenience store.

California-based Pacrep LLC’s plan, which is in the most recent edition of the Hawaii Office of Environmental Quality Control’s Environmental Notice, includes building a tower with up to 280 units, related building support facilities, resident services, amenities and public streetscape improvements.

The new project will be stand-alone building with its own mechanical, electrical and utility infrastructure, and will share an eight-story building podium with the adjacent tower that’s under construction at 2121 Kuhio Ave.

The building podium is expected to contain shared resident services, recreational amenities, vehicle access and off-street parking.

Pacrep said the project is expected to be completed over a two-year period with a tentative start date in April and a finish date of June 2015.

Stanford Carr to develop A&B’s affordable housing in Kakaako

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The Hawaii agency overseeing the redevelopment of the Honolulu neighborhood of Kakaako has given approval to Honolulu-based Stanford Carr Development to take over a planned affordable housing development near Ala Moana Center.

The project at 404 Piikoi St. is meant to satisfy Alexander & Baldwin Inc.’s affordable housing requirement for its 43-story Waihonua at Kewalo condominium tower, which is currently under construction.

“Essentially, A&B had a partner who could not get financing for the project,” Anthony Ching, executive director of the Hawaii Community Development Authority, told PBN.

Stanford Carr, president of Stanford Carr Development, and officials with A&B did not immediately respond to a request for comment by PBN.

Carr has two other projects in Kakaako, including the 204-unit Halekauiwila Place affordable rental project and Keauhou Lane, a 40-story tower with 600 residential units that's part of the Kamehameha Schools master plan for Kakaako.

Castle & Cooke to develop condo project in Kakaako on Kamehameha Schools land

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Castle & Cooke Inc. will join Hawaii developers such as Alexander & Baldwin Inc. and Stanford Carr Development in developing a residential condominium project in Kakaako as part of landowner Kamehameha Schools’ “Our Kakaako” master plan.

Anthony Ching, executive director of the Hawaii Community Development Authority, the state agency charged with redeveloping Kakaako, confirmed to PBN that Castle & Cooke would build reserved housing units along Keawe Street between Pohukaina and Auahi streets, Diamond Head of Waterfront Towers.

Castle & Cooke, which is best known for building single-family residential projects, such as Mililani and the recently approved 3,500-home Koa Ridge project, both in Central Oahu, would be stepping into somewhat unchartered waters with this condo project.

“Castle & Cooke being interested shouldn’t be surprising,” Ching said. “Everyone needs to produce inventory to sell. You have to put stuff in the pipeline.”

He also pointed out that the demand for housing is at a fever pitch and that more inventory is greatly needed.

“Urban Honolulu is going to be an attractive area,” Ching said. “Many of our local developers are not into luxury, maybe mid-market or low market.”

The parcel currently has several businesses on it, including Volcanic Rock Gym.

Kamehameha Schools recently presented the plan to the Ala Moana/Kakaako Neighborhood Board.

Larry Hurst, chairman of the board, told PBN that the planned project isn’t a high-rise, and instead consists of six stories.
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...and another announcement! I will post renderings as soon as they're available.

Hawaii’s BlackSand Capital to develop Waikiki luxury hotel-condo at King’s Village

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A subsidiary of Black Sand Capital LLC, a Honolulu based real estate investment firm founded by members of two well-known Hawaii real estate families, said Wednesday that it plans to redevelop the King’s Village Shopping Center property in Waikiki into a luxury hotel-condominium.

BSC KVSC LLC, the fee-simple owner of the 38,764-square-foot retail center at 131 Kaiulani Ave., behind the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa, said that planning is in the preliminary phase and details will be shared as they become finalized.

Construction is expected to begin toward the end of 2016 with archaeological trenching work, to be done by Cultural Surveys of Hawaii, beginning later this month.

BSC KVSC said it presented its plan for the work to the Oahu Island Burial Council on Wednesday, and is consulting closely with the area’s cultural descendants to follow proper protocol.

The owners have partnered with the two firms that they know all too well to develop the project — Kobayashi Group and The MacNaughton Group.

Black Sand Capital was formed in 2010 by Bert A. “BJ” Kobayashi Jr. and Ian MacNaughton. Their fathers, Bert A. Kobayashi Sr. and Duncan MacNaughton, are on the firm’s advisory board and are the founders of development firms in their namesakes.

Back Sand Capital purchased the King’s Village Shopping Center last year from Oregon-based Elda Investments LLC for $41.25 million.

The center, which was developed in 1972, has an assessed value of $23 million.

In November, a partnership that includes Black Sand Capital said it had acquired the Ohana Waikiki West for an undisclosed price in a leasehold purchase from the Queen Emma Land Co., with plans to upgrade the 659-room hotel into an upscale property.

BlackSand said it has raised about $200 million of capital through its first private fund offering and is actively investing in the Hawaii market.
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Penthouse in Howard Hughes’ Ward project in Honolulu priced at record $50M


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A penthouse with its own swimming pool in one of The Howard Hughes Corp.’s planned luxury condominiums in Honolulu’s Kakaako neighborhood is priced at $50 million — a record for the highest asking price ever for a new condominium unit in Hawaii, according to a Honolulu Realtor.

Jaymes Song, a Realtor-associate for Prudential Advantage Realty who was among some 50 guests invited to a sneak peek of the new tower in the Ward Village project Wednesday evening, told PBN that the new “Waiea” ultra-luxury condo planned for the surface parking lot along Ala Moana Boulevard, across from Ward Stadium 16 Theatres, is the new level of luxury in Hawaii.

“It’s a cut above the rest,” he said.

The building will include about 170 market-rate one-, two- and three-bedroom units, as well as 10 townhomes.

The $50 million pricetag for the penthouse is far above asking prices for other luxury units currently under development.

Some units at the 37-story Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach condo-hotel are priced as high as $15 million. Meantime, penthouse suites at the 23-story, 206-unit One Ala Moana ultra-luxury condominium that’s being built atop the parking garage of Nordstrom’s Ala Moana Center store, were priced as high as $10 million.

The other Ward Village tower, being called “Anaha,” located at the northeast corner of Auahi and Kamakee streets at the former Pier 1 Imports location, is expected to be in the luxury range, commanding up to $1,400 a square foot.

It will include about 310 one-, two- and three-bedroom units, with 82 apartments and townhomes.

Sales for both towers are expected to begin in late January for the general public.
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Senior Residence at Iwilei u/c in Honolulu


By Andrew Gomes

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 16, 2013

Low-income seniors looking for rental housing on Oahu have a new opportunity to consider with a high-rise apartment project in Iwilei wrapping up construction and slated to be completed in March.

Pacific Housing Assistance Corp., a local nonprofit developer, is building the 160-unit project called the Senior Residence at Iwilei with state and county assistance, and recently began accepting rental applications.

Source: Honolulu Star Advertiser

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Developers confirm 'ultra-luxury' condos planned for Ala Moana Center


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Local developers The MacNaughton Group and Kobayashi Group said they are joining with local investment firm BlackSand Capital and General Growth Properties Inc. to develop more than 200 ultra-luxury condominium units on what is now a parking area of Ala Moana Center, Hawaii's largest shopping mall.

The developers on Sunday announced the project, first reported by PBN on Friday, describing it as an ultra-luxury complex with ocean views along a quarter-mile stretch of Ala Moana Boulevard from Piikoi Street to the Neiman Marcus department store, but built under current height restrictions, with such amenities as private pools and gardens.

The eight-story project, which consist of seven buildings 100 feet tall and include everything from 850-square-foot one-bedroom units up to 6,000-square-foot five-bedroom penthouses, will reportedly cost $500 million, and include unit prices that could top $10 million.

Construction on the project, which will be built adjacent to the Bloomingdale's store under construction at Ala Moana Center, is scheduled to start in mid-2014, with a completion date in 2016.

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This diagram over an aerial photograph of Ala Moana Center provided by developers The MacNaughton Group, Kobayashi Group and BlackSand Capital shows where a group of ultra-luxury condominiums, as well as a new Bloomingdale's store, will be built.

Courtesy The MacNaughton Group/Kobayashi Group/BlackSand Capital


*The location is currently a huge multi-level parking lot.
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Redico transfers leasing of 677 Ala Moana to Standard Commercial LLC

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This rending shows the eight-floor corner glass facade planned for a $14 million renovation of the 677 Ala Moana office building in Honolulu.


The owner of a landmark office building called 677 Ala Moana in Honolulu has chosen the newly formed commercial real estate firm Standard Commercial LLC to handle leasing of the property.

Standard Commercial is headed up by veteran Hawaii commercial real estate executives Linda Gee and Ian Clagstone, who left Honolulu-based PM Realty Group, which previously handled the leasing for 677 Ala Moana.

Redico, a Michigan real estate development and investment company that owns the building, formerly known as the Gold Bond Building, also released renderings for an upcoming $14 million renovation of the building.

“Creating an updated look for a building designed in the sixties was no easy task,” Redico President and CEO Dale Watchowski said in a statement. “We wanted to incorporate elements of Hawaii as well as aesthetics that assimilated to Kamehameha Schools’ redevelopment plans for Kakaako.”

Plans for the 12-story, 272,191-square-foot mixed-use building include an eight-floor corner glass facade, a new light-filled main floor lobby, reconfiguring the main entrances to the Ewa and Diamond Head sides of the building, extensive upgrades to other common areas, seating for the interior courtyard, overall aesthetics and appeal of the property and creating a pedestrian-friendly area.

The renovation is scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2014 and be completed in one year.


Swinerton Builders is the general contractor for the project with design services done by MGA Architecture, Redico said.
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Construction begins for Kapiolani’s new $120M hospital tower

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The new five-story tower will house 70 state-of-the-art neonatal intensive care Units — 24 more beds than before — and add square footage to its current 14 pediatric intensive care units. Those two departments alone will grow to a combined 50,000 square feet from the current 10,000 square feet, as PBN previously reported.

The 200,000-square-foot hospital tower will also house space for training Hawaii’s next generation of health care professionals. Construction is on track to finish by the spring of 2016 and open that fall.

Kalihi-Palama Health Center to break ground on new $9M facility

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The project, once complete, will give the nonprofit health provider an additional 30,000 square feet of space, allowing it to serve more people and add new services, as PBN first reported in September.

New mixed-use residential project in Kakaako

Melissa Chang


Artist's rendering of 400 Keawe.
Photo: Courtesy of Kamehemeha Schools

On the makai end of the block, the Castle & Cooke project 400 Keawe will occupy 1.52 acres and include a 65-foot, six-story mixed-use building with 75 market priced and 20 reserved housing units in one- to three- bedroom floor plans ranging from the low $400,000s to mid $700,000s. The building will be wrapped with 10,000 square feet of commercial space that will be integrated with the liveable and walkable neighborhood.

Kamehameha Schools is developing the remainder of the 2.81-acre block and has planned for a 65-foot building comprised of four floors of residential rental units and three levels of parking. The 88 residential units will include 40 studios, 16 one-bedroom units, 16 one bedroom units with dens, eight two-bedroom units, and eight three-bedroom units – all of which will be rented to middle-income Hawaii residents.

The two-story, 24,000-square foot building at 458 Keawe, formerly used by Alu Like, will be retained and used as commercial space.

When it’s completed, the entire block will have more than 28,600 square feet of open, public areas that will feature a 14,500-square foot plaza, abundant bicycle parking, a doggie run, mid-block pedestrian passage and activated streetscapes. It will also serve as a public pathway to and from the future Honolulu rail transit station located one block away on Halekauwila Street. All open areas will be finished with specialty paving, landscaping that includes native species, and shaded by canopy trees.

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Blackstone plans new timeshare tower at Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki

Stephanie Silverstein
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Blackstone plans to build a 37-story, 418-unit timeshare tower in Hawaii on property it is buying from the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki, Hilton Worldwide announced Thursday during its first earnings call since going public in December.

Construction cranes alight atop Honolulu
By Andrew Gomes

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 04, 2014

The view from the construction crane at the Symphony Hono­lulu job site.


It is the Year of the Horse in the Chinese calendar, but in Hawaii's construction industry you might say 2014 is the Year of the Crane.

So far this year, at least 10 of the mostly yellow tower construction cranes are busy building everything from a Walgreens store to high-rise condominiums in Hono­lulu. And at least eight more are expected to rise by the end of the year as part of a condo development boom in Kaka­ako.

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In Waikiki, panel OKs variance for 350-foot high-rise

The full City Council is set to vote Wednesday on a developer's second Kuhio Avenue tower

By Gordon Y.K. Pang

A contentious plan to raise the Wai­kiki height limit for a second hotel-condominium tower on Kuhio Avenue to 350 feet cleared the City Council Zoning Committee on Thursday, but with a requirement that the developer increase the space between the buildings and add open space and other amenities.

Council Zoning Chairman Ikaika Anderson said he wanted to "ensure that these concessions that were offered are in writing" before allowing Resolution 14-38 to advance to the full Council for a final vote Wednesday.



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Seattle developer plans to build new Marriott hotel near Honolulu International Airport

Duane Shimogawa
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Seattle-based developer Hadley Properties plans to build a 15-story, 247-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel near the Honolulu International Airport.

Matt DiGeronimo, director of operations and leasing for Hadley's Honolulu-based AIPA Properties, confirmed to PBN that the project is in the works on the lot where a Lone Star Motorsports is located on Paiea Street, just makai of the Airport Trade Center.

“Although we are hopeful we can proceed with this project, it is in an early conceptual phase," he told PBN. "The flag of the hotel has yet to be determined, though it will be a well-recognized brand."

The website says that the Hadley organization has completed design and entitlements for the new hotel, which it identifies as a Courtyard by Marriott. There are two other hotels near the Honolulu airport, Outrigger Hotels & Resorts' Airport Honolulu Hotel and the Best Western The Plaza hotel.

“This outstanding project will be the premiere hotel serving central Oahu and the airport area,” the website said.

Hadley Properties also has recently completed the expansion of its Airport Industrial Park development, whose tenants include Hawaiian Airlines, by adding 55,000 square feet of office space to the top level of the facility, which will bring the total rentable area to 790,000 square feet, DiGeronimo said.

Hadley Properties and its affiliates own and manage more than one-million square feet of office, warehouse and condominium space, including the creation of the Airport Industrial Park and the landmark Amfac Towers in Downtown Honolulu, which has been renamed the Topa Financial Center.

**It's nothing special but you can find a rendering of it at this site: Hadley Properties

Mar 24, 2014, 12:42pm HST Updated: Mar 24, 2014, 5:46pm HST
Forest City Hawaii's $140 million, 499-unit rental apartment complex moves ahead



Forest City Hawaii’s planned $140 million, 499-unit Kapolei Lofts mixed-use apartment rental complex in West Oahu is moving ahead after clearing a key environmental hurdle, according to a recent determination by the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corp.

A previous environmental impact statement was approved in 1988, and Craig Hirai, executive director of the HHFDC, said in a letter to the state Office of Environmental Quality Control, that its review of the project found that a supplemental environmental impact statement won't be required at this time.

The City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Planning and Permitting also has no objections to this determination, Hirai said.

The workforce housing project, which includes one-, two- and three-bedroom units, ranging in size from 400 square feet to 1,200 square feet, will be located near the Foodland-anchored Kapolei Village Center.

The workforce housing project is expected to begin construction in the first quarter and take about two years to complete, Forest City President Jon Wallenstrom previously told PBN.

The Kapolei Lofts project, which was first reported by PBN, also includes commercial space, a community center/clubhouse, a one-acre linear park and parking.

Of the total apartment units, 100 units will be targeted for households at 80 percent and below the area median income as determined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, while 200 units will be targeted for those at 140 percent and below the area median income and the remaining balance of units will be offered at market rents.
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Honolulu City Council Approves Koa Ridge Development

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The Honolulu City Council on Wednesday paved the way for one of Oahu's largest development projects with the unanimous approval of Koa Ridge, a 576-acre community off of H-2 freeway near Mililani.
The project would add 3,500 homes to the rural area, and promises to provide a thousand construction jobs as well as 1,600 more jobs at a planned hospital and other businesses.
The project’s developer Castle & Cooke has worked for more than a decade to get the plan approved and markets the proposal as an example of sustainable development and “smart growth.”
But critics say building a suburban community in the middle of Hawaii's most populous island is an anachronistic approach to development in a city that has pledged to concentrate new projects along a planned rail line that's further south.
“Oahu has reached kind of a tipping point in terms of our development,” said Anthony Aalto, head of the Oahu chapter of the Sierra Club. The organization is spearheading a lawsuit contesting the state Land Use Commission's decision to allow the project to proceed
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In Waikiki, panel OKs variance for 350-foot high-rise

The full City Council is set to vote Wednesday on a developer's second Kuhio Avenue tower

By Gordon Y.K. Pang

A contentious plan to raise the Wai­kiki height limit for a second hotel-condominium tower on Kuhio Avenue to 350 feet cleared the City Council Zoning Committee on Thursday, but with a requirement that the developer increase the space between the buildings and add open space and other amenities.

Council Zoning Chairman Ikaika Anderson said he wanted to "ensure that these concessions that were offered are in writing" before allowing Resolution 14-38 to advance to the full Council for a final vote Wednesday.



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That looks like an interesting design.
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Penthouse in Howard Hughes’ Ward project in Honolulu priced at record $50M


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A penthouse with its own swimming pool in one of The Howard Hughes Corp.’s planned luxury condominiums in Honolulu’s Kakaako neighborhood is priced at $50 million — a record for the highest asking price ever for a new condominium unit in Hawaii, according to a Honolulu Realtor.

Jaymes Song, a Realtor-associate for Prudential Advantage Realty who was among some 50 guests invited to a sneak peek of the new tower in the Ward Village project Wednesday evening, told PBN that the new “Waiea” ultra-luxury condo planned for the surface parking lot along Ala Moana Boulevard, across from Ward Stadium 16 Theatres, is the new level of luxury in Hawaii.

“It’s a cut above the rest,” he said.

The building will include about 170 market-rate one-, two- and three-bedroom units, as well as 10 townhomes.

The $50 million pricetag for the penthouse is far above asking prices for other luxury units currently under development.

Some units at the 37-story Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach condo-hotel are priced as high as $15 million. Meantime, penthouse suites at the 23-story, 206-unit One Ala Moana ultra-luxury condominium that’s being built atop the parking garage of Nordstrom’s Ala Moana Center store, were priced as high as $10 million.

The other Ward Village tower, being called “Anaha,” located at the northeast corner of Auahi and Kamakee streets at the former Pier 1 Imports location, is expected to be in the luxury range, commanding up to $1,400 a square foot.

It will include about 310 one-, two- and three-bedroom units, with 82 apartments and townhomes.

Sales for both towers are expected to begin in late January for the general public.
Wow, $50M. I missed the part where the penthouse is supposed to be able to do more than just sit there. Nice wavy glass.
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^One of the other buildings that's planned nearby called Anaha looks pretty cool too.

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The Plaza at Waikiki finally broke ground today.




The Plaza at Waikiki will be a 153-bed, rental Assisted Living community located at 1812 Kalakaua Avenue, at the gateway to Waikiki with panoramic views from Diamondhead to the Ala Wai Boat Harbor. This residential community will provide quality Independent, Assisted Living, and Memory Care services. Opening in 2015.

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