Stephanie Silverstein at Pacific Business Newsreports:
A co-working space for the sustainable business community called the Impact Hub is planned to open in the Kakaako neighborhood in Honolulu next year. Hawaii Angels and Blue Startups Managing Director Chenoa Farnsworth and Smart Sustainability Consulting President Shanah Trevenna co-founded the Impact Hub in Honolulu, which will join a network of 30 Impact Hub locations around the world, on five continents.
For the fourth year in a row, the Kakaako New Year’s Eve party will reprise its unbeatable entertainment, fun, food and celebratory experience at Kakaako Waterfront Park on Tuesday, December 31, 2013, starting at 6:00 p.m.
The spectacular night will feature the ever-popular Eat The Street food truck and vendor feasting arena, live entertainment, local DJs, light shows, a beer garden, the LED-adorned EK Fernandez ferris wheel, VIP sections and multiple firework shows every hour until the grand finale show ushers in the new year at midnight.
Kakaako Waterfront Park is the perfect location for the Party of the Year, with its sprawling acreage and natural partitions that will help organize the event into sections appropriate for different age groups. All ages are welcome—there will be something for everyone: keiki, families, 21 and over and everyone in between.
Last year’s festivities featured the CD release party and 20th anniversary celebration for musical artist Fiji, along with entertainment from Rebel Souljahz, Mana‘o Company, Irie Love, Kaipo Kapua and more. This year’s lineup will only be more spectacular.
Stay tuned for information on the NYE Party of the Year at NYEHawaii.com. Tickets will be available on Ticketmaster and at various locations.
Via PBS Hawaii‘s weekly “Insights” roundtable hosted by Dan Boylan:
What is the impact of development in Honolulu’s urban core? Governor Neil Abercrombie has his sights set on developing Kakaako as Oahu’s “Third City.” The longtime warehouse district is already home to a vibrant up-and-coming arts community. Future plans would transform Kakaako into a live-work-play neighborhood of cafes, lofts, parks, businesses and a mix of upscale and affordable urban housing. Guests will discuss the master plan for Kakaako, and whether it will support a population increase or further encourage urban blight.
Dan Boylan hosts a discussion with the following scheduled guests: Anthony Ching, Executive Director of Hawaii Community Development Authority; Christian O’Connor, Senior Asset Manager, Kamehameha’s Kakaako properties; Ralph Portmore, Urban Planner at Group 70; and John Prime, Co-Director of 808 Urban.
More Kakaako plans unveiled today (Honolulu Magazine)
At 9 a.m., the panel will hear from The Collection, LLC, about plans to demolish the Auto Mart USA building on Ala Moana Boulevard and South Street to develop three residential and retail buildings. At 10 a.m., a second public hearing will be held for a proposal from Victoria Ward, Ltd., which will present the first project in its Ward Neighborhood Master Plan. The proposed project at 404 Ward Avenue includes a high-rise residential tower with 415 residential units, commercial space, parking and a 25,650 square foot recreational space.
2 high rise developments slated for Kakaako seeking state approval (KHON)
The Howard Hughes location offers 424 units and would be built off of Ward Avenue across the street from Sports Authority. The second location, where Comp USA used to stand is aimed at transforming this used car dealership into a residential tower, mid-rise flats, studios, town homes and retail space. Its known as “The Collection”, and is being developed by Alexander & Baldwin.
Will Kakaako boom stress its infrastructure? (HawaiiNewsNow)
More than 12,000 people now live in the 450-acre region bordered by Ala Moana, Punchbowl, South King and Piikoi streets. But by the year 2018, the population is expected to grow to 22,000. “How are we going to have 22 new condos, some 700 feet tall and have enough sewer capacity,” said City Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi. “What about the water supply? Traffic? Schools?”
Kakaako condo residents oppose A&B’s plans for new high-rise tower (Pacific Business News)
Testimony before the Hawaii Community Development Authority Wednesday on The Collection, Alexander & Baldwin’s planned project to be built on land to be acquired from Kamehameha Schools, was mixed, with residents from the One Waterfront Towers buildings next door saying it shouldn’t be approved, and others favoring the project.
Public meetings scheduled over controversial Kakaako projects (KHON)
The agency in charge says it wants to hear from the public before making a decision. The Hawaii Community Development Authority has scheduled two supplemental public comment sessions to listen to more public concerns on three projects; the 803 Waimanu development which calls for a 29-floor building, the Victoria Ward project anchored by a 43-floor condominium at 404 Ward Ave., and the Collection at 604 Ala Moana Blvd. which includes a 43-story tower.
Tired of unfriendly streets for your kids to ride bikes and play in? Looking for a fun spot to exercise? Join us for a no-stress Mother’s Day in Kaka`ako with the streets open for play! Come join Cyclovia Hawaii for Hele On Kaka`ako!
The Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) is a State agency that was established to supplement traditional community renewal methods by promoting and coordinating public and private sector community development. The HCDA is activelly planning to implement Complete Street policies in Kakaako.
Come on out on Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 12), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for Hele On Kaka`ako. Along with many family-friendly activities, the event will feature an international movement called Cyclovia and also a first-time Complete Street Demonstration Project on Cooke Street. The event includes a 5K run, a Mother’s Day brunch at Taste, live music, bicycle education courses, pop-up shopping at Pinch of Salt, dance classes, aerobics and much more to promote healthy living and sustainability.
On Sunday, as part of a daylong event promoting more pedestrian and bicycle travel, a stretch of Cooke Street will become what organizers hope could be the future of traffic on Oahu. Using tubular barriers for curbs, special striping tape for lanes, benches, 40 large trees, hundreds of plants and other temporary materials, Cooke between Halekauwila and Auahi streets will morph into what transportation planners call a “complete street.” The road there will be redesigned to show how motorists, cyclists and pedestrians could all better coexist.
In October, Alii International Enterprises proposed building a recreational facility in Kakaako. The proposal included a Go-kart track, miniature golf course, wave pool, skate park and other amusement rides at 222 Ahui Street. The Hawaii Community Development Authority yesterday held a public hearing on the proposal.
It’s an ambitious plan, turning a blighted city block in the heart of Kakaako into an amusement park complete with go-cart racing, a rock wall, a skate park, a miniature golf course, a sky dive tower, and a wave machine. Billy Balding of Alii International Enterprises, LLC envisions the park as a place where both visitors and tourists alike can unwind. He plans on investing as much as $10 million, and hopes to open by May 31.
Imagine a place in Kakaako that features go-kart racing, wave pool surfing, amusement rides, and other activities for the family. “It’s not going to be like a ride facility that you go and get on carnival rides. There are a few, but most of it is things that a lot of us like to enjoy in the open air,” local businessman Billy Balding said.
Go kart racing, an indoor skydiving chamber and a wave pool are all part of a proposed $10 million amusement park planned for Kakaako. Alii Enterprises unveiled its plans for the new park at the site of the long vacant lot on Ala Moana during a meeting held by the Hawaii Community Development Authority today. Billy Balding, Alii’s owner, said the project will create 35 to 45 jobs.
The developer of a planned year-round fairgrounds in Kakaako made his first public presentation of the project today to Hawaii Community Development Authority, offering new details and answering questions about the $10 million proposal. Besides a go-kart track, surfing wave pool, skateboard park, miniature golf course and kiddie amusement rides, the planned fairgrounds would include a zip-line, indoor skydiving tower and a bungee jump.
Interisland Terminal is celebrating the grand re-opening of its R&D space in Kakaako with a private, ticketed-only event from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on February 5, 2013. Tickets cost $80, but $40 of that is tax deductible.
The event includes:
Hangar One cocktails from Imbibe Hawaii.
Food from Kaka‘ako eateries, including Whole Ox, Hank’s Haute Dogs, and Pig & The Lady.
A special lion dance performance by Wah Ngai.
A preview of 2013 programs for Interisland Terminal, R&D and ii Gallery (next door to R&D).
A preview of the “Lines in Time” artshow by Marques Marzan in ii Gallery.
Furniture and lifestyle boutique Chai Studio will be leaving its current location at 675 Auahi Street to a new location in Ward Warehouse. In an emailed announcement, the company says it will be holding a moving sale on Oct. 25, 26 and 27.
“We’re moving and we can’t take it all with us, so come and save 20%-40% on all furniture,” the announcement reads. “Armoires, beds, benches, dining table, cafe tables, dining chairs, coffee tables, trunks, side tables, book shelves, mirrors and more!”
After the moving sale, the store will be closed from Oct. 28 through Halloween, and will open at its new location near Menchie’s on Nov. 1.
This Saturday, Sept. 29, brings the debut of the Honolulu Night Market at 683 Auahi St. in Kakaako. Described as “Honolulus newest Urban Lifestyle Experience” and organized by Street Grindz, the event runs from 7 p.m. to midnight.
The best way to experience urban culture is to meet its people, what better way than to attend the Honolulu Night Market. Night Markets provide a casual place where people can mingle with fashion, live music, art, shopping, and lots of great food. Under the Honolulu city lights a night market feels exhilarating, and can be found on Auahi St. in Kaka’ako every month.
The next Honolulu Night Market will be on Saturday, Oct. 20.
Foodies can now again enjoy one of the more famous oceanfront views in Honolulu with this week’s opening of 53 By the Sea. The new restaurant is located where the famed John Dominis operated for over 30 years, before closing in November 2010.
Designed around its breathtaking view of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head, 53 By The Sea offers you the opportunity to experience Hawaii dining like never before. Delight at Chef Hiroshi Hayakawa’s artistry as he combines fresh local ingredients with succulent seafoods and the finest hand-cut meats. Just as exquisite are the melodic sounds of local pianists playing on the Italian made Fazioli piano in the adjacent T’s at 53 lounge, featuring wines and spirits from around the globe. 53 By The Sea is truly a celebration for all the senses!