When you think of Honolulu development, the name on everyone's mind is Kaka’ako. What was once an industrial harbor for small mom and pop businesses and auto body shops alike, has now transformed into a dynamic neighborhood. Kaka’ako perfectly bridges Downtown and Ala Moana, and has emerged as Honolulu’s focal point for urban outdoor lifestyles, luxury living, and boutique enjoyment.
The creation of this burgeoning neighborhood is primarily the work of 2 major entities - Kamehameha Schools and the Howard Hughes Corporation, both of which owned large parcels of land. The approach each took in developing the land has paved two distinct neighborhoods within Kaka’ako. Kamehameha Schools is selling off close to 29 acres to various developers to create what is known as Our Kakaako and in 2009, Howard Hughes purchased 60 acres of the land in Kaka’ako and began developing a ‘first of its kind’ master planned community called Ward Village.
Our Kaka’ako comprises 9 city blocks on the edge of downtown ranging across the cross streets of Cooke St., Keawe St. and Coral St. It's a place where entrepreneurs, artists, creatives, influencers, developers and more continue to flock to reshape the [once] industrial district into what is now a vivid, hip, local community that offers a vibrant place to live, work and play. The new developments will bring broader pedestrian paths & boulevards all over the district. Residents and visitors will enjoy a refreshing stroll at the end of the workday or walk to an enticing new restaurant nearby you've been always wanting to try. Alongside convenient shopping, you'll also find senior centers, recreation areas and playgrounds. All ages can find a new condo in Our Kakaako that feels welcoming and like home.
Our Kaka'ako is a planned community brought about by Kamehameha schools. The 29 acres that make up Our Kaka'ako will become a mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhood featuring a wide range of housing. Included in the housing plans are various low-rise residences and high-rise towers ranging from luxury to affordable. Some are available for purchase (Keauhou Place, The Collection), while certain projects will be rentals only (Keauhou Lane, Six Eighty).
Already Built Condos in Our Kaka’ako: Keola Lai (2008) / The Collection (2016) / 400 Keawe (2016) / Keauhou Place (2017)
Notable Food and Dining in Our Kaka’ako: HMart / Down to Earth / Yaya’s Chophouse / Real Gastropub / Bevy / Arvo / Moku
Notable Entertainment in Our Kaka’ako: Salt Complex / Farmer’s Market / POW! WOW! Hawaii / Honolulu Night Market
New Construction for Sale in Our Kaka’ako:
Ward Village (Howard Hughes’ 60 Acre Master Planned Community) is roughly defined by (a few lots West of) West Ward Ave, Ala Moana Blvd on the South and Queen St as both eastern and northern borders due to its curved path. Ward Village, when completed, will be a carefully crafted 14 condo project, but will not be defined by concrete sprawl. Hughes has planned a 4 acre "Victoria Ward Park" so the community will have ample room to breathe and enjoy the beauty of this place. The fact that Howard Hughes owns all of this land makes certain that its vision of integrated shopping and services, such as grocery stores, parking structures and dining options will be a certainty. These elements are an integral part of the Ward Village 'outdoor living space' lifestyle, rather than after thoughts added wherever they could be fit in - something that happens too often in fast developing Honolulu.
Already Built Condos in Ward Village: Waiea (2016) / Anaha (2017) / Ae’o (2018) / Ke Kilohana (2019)
Notable Food and Dining in Ward Village: Whole Foods Market / Merriman’s / Rinka / Piggy Smalls / Scratch Kitchen & Meatery / Morning Glass
Notable Entertainment in Ward Village: Consolidated Theatres at Ward / South Shore Market / Ala Moana Beachpark / Victoria Ward Park
New Construction for Sale in Ward Village: ‘A’ali’i (2021) / Ko’ula (2022) / Victoria Place (2023)
‘A’ali’i - Coming in 2021, Aa’li’i will be a 751 unit, building comprising Studios, 1 and 2 Bedrooms. “‘A‘ali‘i envisions premium living as a complete solution, providing all the amenities of a style conscious home with the communal shared experiences of a thoughtfully crafted resort.”
Ko’ula - Coming in 2022, Ko’ula will be a 565 unit, luxury building consisting of Studios, 1, 2 and 3 Bedrooms. “Authentic. Humble. Simple. Elegant. Kō‘ula strives for an unpretentious, natural beauty. The structural elements are integrated into the design, unhidden and unwrapped. Every element of the design is purposeful and honest. The same is true of the interiors. Inside, the building makes liberal use of real materials and natural finishes that showcase the high quality of craftsmanship.”
Victoria Place - Coming in 2023, Victoria Place will be a 350 unit, ultra-luxury tower offering 1, 2 & 3 Bedrooms floor plans. “Featuring a collection of amenities that surpasses those found in some of Honolulu’s most esteemed private clubs, Victoria Place represents HHC’s vision to foster a new kind of luxury lifestyle.”
Midtown Ala Moana is loosely defined from S. King St to Ala Moana Beach Park (from North to South), and from Pensacola St. on the Western border and Kalakaua Ave on the Eastern border. Midtown Ala Moana is the neighborhood that bridges Waikiki and Moilili to Kakaako. If you are just now learning the name "Midtown Ala Moana" don't worry you are not alone. With the recent surge in development, the region needed a new name that was more conducive with what the distinct, new neighborhood has to offer; thus "Midtown Ala Moana" was born.
Already Built Condos in Midtown Ala Moana: One Ala Moana(2014) / Park Lane (2017) / Kapiolani Residence (2018)
Notable Food and Dining in Midtown Ala Moana: Shokudo / MW Restaurant / Amuse Wine Bar / Morton’s Steakhouse / Signature Steakhouse
Notable Entertainment in Midtown Ala Moana: Ala Moana Shopping Center / The Convention Center / Ala Moana Beachpark / The Republik
New Construction for Sale in Midtown Ala Moana: Azure Ala Moana (2021) / The Central Ala Moana (2021) / Sky Ala Moana (2023) / The Residences at Mandarin Oriental (2023)
Azure Ala Moana - Coming in 2021. Azure Ala Moana will have 330 - one, two, and three-bedroom floor plans that promises to be “a sophisticated, metropolitan lifestyle within a vibrant, urban backdrop...an unparalleled combination of contemporary design, sought-after amenities, and stunning views of the ocean, mountains and city below”
The Central Ala Moana - Coming in 2021. This project is currently sold out.
Sky Ala Moana - Coming in 2022/23. The Residences at Sky Ala Moana will offer 390 one and two bedroom residences. Sky Ala Moana will offer a seamless lifestyle experience unlike any other. With a 53,900 square-foot wellness-oriented terrace, it will have one of the largest amenity decks in Honolulu.
The Residences at Mandarin Oriental - Coming in 2023. The Residences at Mandarin Oriental will be an ultra-luxury, Five Star mixed-use, residential, and hospitality tower, featuring only 99 exclusive residential units and 125 hotel units.
Expected Completion: Currently, the full project completion is scheduled for 2026, while the first 11 miles between Kualaka‘i (East Kapolei) and Hālawa (Aloha Stadium) are expected to open in early 2021.
Where Will It Stop: The Kālia Station (Ala Moana) will be located at the site of the Republik Nightclub along Kona Street behind The Central Ala Moana.
What Is Expected Size and Noise: According to HART- "Rail transit systems typically generate sound levels of about 65 to 74 decibels at a distance of 50 feet (and when moving at 50 miles per hour, with a noise barrier) - this is generally quieter than a city bus. Perceived sound exposure levels vary based on the distance and path between the noise source and the receiver. There is an integrated 3-foot-high parapet wall that is being built into the side of the guideway that will help to block some of the noise. Additional sound-absorbing materials will also be installed at selected locations along the guideway. HART is still testing the actual train noise levels. The guideway tracks will typically be about 30 to 40 feet above the street level, but varies."