Construction of Kamehameha Schools’ 76,000-square foot retail and restaurant project, SALT, will begin later this month, and the neighborhood’s beloved restaurants and boutiques will remain open during construction.
SALT is located on the block bounded by Ala Moana Boulevard and Coral, Keawe and Auahi streets. The construction of SALT involves the adaptive reuse of four structures, as well as the new construction of a 267-stall parking structure along Keawe Street and a 4,500-square foot building on Coral Street. Existing surface parking will be converted to an open plaza with a splash-and-play water feature, as well as recreation and seating areas.
Reusing the Quonset roofs and steel frames from the original buildings preserves the area’s mercantile culture and reduces construction debris headed for local landfills. Visitors to SALT will feel a familiarity with the architecture as they explore an interesting and updated place.
“The challenge to reuse these older warehouses and their materials creates an opportunity to build a beautifully gritty shopping and dining experience that can only exist in urban Honolulu,” said Christian O’Connor, Kamehameha’s senior asset manager who is in charge of leasing and management of SALT. “This project is uniquely Hawai‘i. It isn’t a cookie-cutter mall that could be imported or transplanted from somewhere else.”
Hawaiian Dredging is the project’s general contractor and expects to complete construction by the end of 2015. Hawai‘i-owned INK Architects is the lead architect.
“Construction on the buildings is being carefully staged, which means less disruption for tenants and customers,” noted O’Connor. “Keeping Auahi Street open during the construction of SALT allows visitors to continue to enjoy Kakaako while experiencing the amazing transformation of this unique area.”
Tenants Cocina, LIMB, Quince and PAD HI will be moving from their current locations to vacant spaces along Auahi Street to make way for construction. Auahi Street tenants Bevy, Paiko, Insomnia Café and ZenBanx will remain open in their current locations.
INK Architects and Jasper Wong of POW! WOW! Hawaii will be giving the Auahi storefronts an artistic touch-up during the construction period. Outdoor seating and wall plants by Paiko will be added to create an approachable space.
Other businesses on the SALT block, including Hank’s Haute Dogs on Coral Street, the Kakaako Information Center on Keawe Street, as well as Sprint, Starbucks, Lanikai Juice, Illest, The Collection sales office and Highway Inn will also remain open during construction.
“We are excited about being able to grow with the community,” said Marissa Selders, owner of Quince, a home accessories store that will be moving into the former R/D space. “We see the vision that Kamehameha Schools has for the area and look forward to being a part of it.”
Kamehameha Schools has already renovated the Ala Moana Boulevard-fronting portion of the block with the 2012 adaptive reuse and redevelopment of Six Eighty Ala Moana, a 54-unit income-restricted, rental apartment building with ground floor commercial.
Kamehameha Schools is working on phase one of its nine-block, 15-year Kakaako master plan and has announced residential apartments for rent and for sale with guest developers. Kamehameha Schools also launched free, high-speed neighborhood Wi-Fi in March that is available throughout the nine-block area.
For more information on SALT, visit www.ourkakaako.com/salt.
Press release and images courtesy Kamehameha Schools.