Pow Wow Hawaii teams and volunteers are hitting the streets of Kakaako taking what used to be colorful, vibrant, and contemporary murals and making the walls dull again.
“Getting some paint and covering it up, making it look like it was never there,” Pow Wow Hawaii Music Director Christa Wittmier said.
The 5th annual 10-day art, music, and mural painting event is about to get underway on Saturday, Feb. 8, launching with an art exhibit at the Honolulu Museum of Art. One hundred featured artists from around the globe will gather on Oahu to collaborate, paint, and beautify public spaces following the art show.
“We are already getting comments about it from passersby. They are like ‘Why are you doing that?’ We are pretty excited to tell them there is more to come. Just wait a couple of weeks and we will have everybody here painting and it will be all new,” Wittmier said.
The Howard Hughes Corporation, developers of Ward Village, Honolulu’s urban master-planned community, today launched the Ward Village Foundation with an initial commitment of $1 million. The foundation has been established to support local non-profits and programs that align with the company’s vision and the foundation’s core initiatives of culture, community and environment.
The Ward Village Foundation will serve as a permanent non-profit corporation connected to the company’s efforts to build a bright and vibrant future in Honolulu. The foundation will initially distribute $1 million to worthy non-profits and projects over the next two years.
“We are proud to introduce the Ward Village Foundation, furthering our commitment to improving the quality of life in our community,” said David Striph, Senior Vice President of Hawai‘i for The Howard Hughes Corporation. “The Ward Village Foundation will focus on forward-thinking initiatives that honor Hawai‘i’s rich history by fostering the community that will help make Ward Village an ideal neighborhood to live, work, learn, shop and play.”
The foundation also announced its first grant recipient, pledging $100,000 to locally-based non-profit Kupu towards the construction of the Kupu Green Jobs Training Center. Through its partnerships with more than 80 public and private organizations, Kupu provides experiential education and life skills development opportunities to help youth and young adults succeed in life and create lifelong community servants. From this facility, Kupu will develop the next generation of local talent to take the helm of the new “green” industries moving in Hawai‘i.
“On behalf of Kupu, I would like to commend The Howard Hughes Corporation and Ward Village for making a concerted effort to better the local community,” said John Leong, Executive Director of Kupu. “The establishment of the Ward Village Foundation will make a significant impact on our long-term efforts to equip our youth with the direction and skills to lead our state towards a more sustainable future.”
“Kupu is an outstanding example of an organization that aligns with our foundation’s core values, promoting culture, community and environment through their work training and educating Hawai‘i’s youth in sustainable job fields with an emphasis on promoting traditional Hawaiian values,” said Nick Vanderboom, Senior Vice President, Development for The Howard Hughes Corporation.
For more information on the Ward Village Foundation, please visit the website at www.wardvillagefoundation.org.
Over the next decade, Ward Village will transform into a mixed-use community, offering unique retail experiences and exceptional residences set among dynamic public open spaces and walkable streets. Environmental stewardship is forefront in the Ward Village Master Plan, which was recently awarded LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) Platinum Certification, the highest certification possible, making it the largest LEED-ND Platinum-Certified project in the country and the only one in Hawai‘i. An information center and residential sales gallery for Ward Village at the newly renovated, iconic IBM Building will open in early 2014. Sales at Ward Village’s first two mixed-use residential projects – Waiea, at 1118 Ala Moana Boulevard, and Anaha, at 1108 Auahi Street – will also begin in early 2014.
About The Howard Hughes Corporation
The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Our properties include master planned communities, operating properties, development opportunities and other unique assets spanning 16 states from New York to Hawaii. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC and is headquartered in Dallas, TX. For additional information about HHC, visit www.howardhughes.com.
Kupu was founded in 2007 because of a heart to serve. Kupu in Hawaiian means “to sprout, grow, germinate, or increase” and like the kupukupu fern (which is one of the first plants bring life back to the land after a devastating lava flow), Kupu’s heart is to bring life back to the people, land, and ocean while restoring the larger community for a better tomorrow.
Supporters push for Obama presidential library in Hawaii
Hawaii News Now
In Kakaako, just behind the parking lot for the Point Panic bodysurfing spot, there are two sites that supporters say could be the future home for the presidential library of Barack Obama. The land is made up of two vacant lots, and offers a tantalizing view of Diamond Head and the ocean.
- Illinois vs. Hawaii: The battle for Obama’s presidential library (Honolulu Magazine)
- Obama Presidential Center could be constructed in Kakaako (KHON)
- Hawaii Overshadowed by Chicago for Obama Library (Associated Press)
- A Presidential Obama Center at Point Panic Is a Bad Idea (Civil Beat)
Time to unwrap those brand new DSLR cameras received as presents over the holidays and put it to good use! Cinematographer Jeremy Snell and Brad Watanabe of Berad Studio will be teaching an introductory workshop to get you started, get you motivated, and get you shooting.
The event, “HDSLR Workshop – Learn How to Shoot Video With Your DSLR Camera,” is organized by Hawaii Shoots, Watanabe’s collaborative and community entity. The workshop will teach beginners and amateurs alike about how to utilize a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera to shoot creative videos and share amazing stories.
Instructors Snell and Watanabe are Hawaii-based professionals who have extensive experience in the video production industry. Snell is a portrait, commercial and humanitarian cinematographer who often travels the world working for nonprofits aspiring to educate and help people through his portraiture work. Watanabe is owner and director of Berad Studio, a video production company. His blog, Hawaii Shoots, explores and features work shot and produced in Hawaii and serves as a community site that encourages collaboration and dialogue among video production professionals in all disciplines.
The workshop will be held on Wednesday, January 8 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Box Jelly in Kaka‘ako. The price to attend is $15. For more information go to www.hawaiishoots.com or call 808-469-2371.
Via Kaia Consulting.
Stephanie Silverstein at Pacific Business News reports:
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.
Hawaii Pacific Entertainment
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.
Public weighs in on new Kakaako highrise (KITV)
From Cycle On Hawaii:
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!
From Complete Streets Kakaako:
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.
From Nonstop Honolulu:
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.
From Honolulu Star-Advertiser:
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.
$10M amusement park proposed for Kakaako (HawaiiNewsNow)
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.
Kakaako fairgrounds developer presents plan (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
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.
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