Save Our Kakaako Protests Makai Development


Rally protests OHA development in Kakaako (HawaiiNewsNow)

More than a hundred people, many of them wearing red T-shirts, lined Ala Moana Boulevard Saturday to protest against possible development in Kakaako Makai. They were members of several groups that came together for the latest “Save Our Kakaako” rally to hold signs opposing residential development in the area makai of Ala Moana.

Save Our Kakaako coalition rallies against proposed development (KHON)

Protesters don’t want OHA to change the landscape of this section of town. They say they are fighting for a law that was passed barring residential construction on this area. “The coalition is not against OHA. We are not against the native Hawaiians. We are rallying on principle. The principle we are rallying on is, we want to keep the law intact.” Save Our Kakaako member Ron Iwami said.


Kakaako to get fast Wi-Fi


Kamehameha Schools today announced the activation of a free, public WiFi network in Our Kaka‘ako that is one of the fastest and most powerful of its kind in the nation. The network, launched March 1, is accessible on any wireless device throughout the Our Kaka‘ako neighborhood, a nine-block area bounded by Ala Moana Boulevard and South, Halekauwila and Cooke streets.

Hawaii Dialogix Telecom (HDT), a leading provider of WiFi networks, designed the robust and flexible WiFi network and will also provide the services to connect it to the Internet. Local firm Boss Communication Technologies provided the electrical and cabling services to get the system installed. More than twenty wireless access points were placed throughout Our Kaka‘ako, enabling WiFi users to enjoy seamless roaming throughout the neighborhood without being kicked off the network when traveling between blocks. The system is also designed to accommodate a large number of simultaneous users.

“Our community WiFi will not only increase wireless access for everyone who works and visits the neighborhood, but it will further enhance the innovation and creativity that Our Kaka‘ako is known for,” noted Erin Kinney, development manager for Kamehameha Schools. “We’ll be able to strengthen our community in so many positive ways through greater connectivity.”

The WiFi will be noticeably faster than an average LTE network or free WiFi found in some coffee shops or shopping malls. Upload and download speeds will be symmetrical, and will transfer data up to 10 times faster than most home Internet connections. Users will be able to enjoy the high-speed WiFi over the nine-blocks seamlessly. The system will be protected by a Next Generation Firewall Solution to ensure the privacy and safety of its users.

“HDT is proud to participate in the redevelopment and revitalization of the Kaka‘ako region by working with Kamehameha Schools to provide free WiFi to tenants, their clientele, residents and visitors of this community,” said Stephen Hon, co-president of Hawaii Dialogix Telecom. “Internet access is vital to social and economic productivity in this digital age, and we believe this service will help Kamehameha Schools achieve its long-term goal of cultivating innovation, technology, education and economic opportunity for Our Kaka‘ako.”

To accommodate the changes that are occurring in Our Kaka‘ako, HDT has designed the network with resilience and scalability features to ensure the WiFi service will be able to adequately provide coverage as different stages of Kamehameha Schools’ master plan are implemented. This will allow for network capacity to be dynamically allocated to the places where the densest user activity will be occurring, as in the case of the thriving Honolulu Night Market or Eat the Street events.

Over the next few months, Our Kaka‘ako will host a series of events that showcase the capabilities and strength of the WiFi network.

For more information about Kamehameha Schools’ Our Kaka‘ako master plan and a list of WiFi related events, visit www.OurKakaako.com.

About Hawaii Dialogix Telecom

HDT is a privately held Internet Service Provider and licensed facilities-based Competitive Local Exchange Carrier with offices headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii. HDT holds a Certificate of Authority from the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission and is a provider of fast, flexible, and affordable broadband and voice solutions to thousands of businesses, building owners, wholesale providers and residential customers in the state of Hawaii. In business since 2002, HDT provides services over a carrier-class network that employs the use of fiber and FCC licensed spectrum to deliver gigabit broadband in metropolitan areas.

About Our Kaka’ako

Our Kaka‘ako is a mixed-use, urban-island community by Kamehameha Schools on nine contiguous city blocks in the heart of Honolulu, between South Street and Ward Avenue. The community, which is currently in the beginning stages of a multi-year redevelopment, will contain a mixture of low-rise and high-rise structures, a range of housing types, open spaces, a central gathering place, and a neighborhood supportive of commercial and industrial uses. Part of the vision for Our Kaka‘ako is that it will continue to grow as a progressive catalyst for innovation and become the epicenter of urban-island culture, and the lifestyle that it represents. To learn more, please visit www.OurKakaako.com.

About Kamehameha Schools

Kamehameha Schools is a private, educational, charitable trust founded and endowed by the legacy of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. Kamehameha Schools operates a statewide educational system enrolling over 6,900 students of Hawaiian ancestry at K-12 campuses on O`ahu, Maui and Hawai`i and 30 preschool sites statewide. Over 40,400 additional Hawaiian learners and caregivers are served each year through a range of other Kamehameha Schools’ outreach programs, community collaborations and financial aid opportunities in Hawai`i and across the continental United States. Income generated from its Hawai`i real estate, as well as diverse investments, fund the Schools’ educational mission almost entirely. For more information, please visit www.ksbe.edu.


Kakaako murals getting a reboot

Kakaako murals getting a fresh start

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.

Giant Check

Ward Village Foundation announced

MayorThe 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.

Giant CheckAbout Ward Village

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.

About Kupu

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.


Kakaako Eyed for Obama Presidential Center


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.


DSLR Video Workshop by Hawaii Shoots

HDSLR Workshop by Hawaii ShootsTime 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.

Eventbrite Registration

Via Kaia Consulting.

HCDA in Kakaako

Impact Hub Coworking Location Coming to Hawaii

Kakaako Street

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.

NYE Hawaii

2013 New Years Party at Kakaako Waterfront Park

NYE Hawaii

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

Exploring the Impact of Development in Kakaako

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.

Kakaako News: Plans, Public Meetings, Infrastructure Questions

  • 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)