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Velocity Honolulu, luxury car concierge comes to Kakaako

Ferrari, Maserati, Bentley, and Lamborghini are just some of the luxury car brands that you’ll find at the new Velocity Honolulu showroom in Kakaako. If you’ve driven down Kapiolani blvd. or Ward ave. lately you’ve surely seen the beautiful glass facade with the latest exotic super cars, all sitting below one of Kakaako’s hottest luxury condominiums, Symphony Honolulu. 


Photo courtesy of @ben_sager

Velocity is an unparalleled collection of exclusive dealerships from JN Group. JN Group’s brands include Audi, Lotus, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, Land Rover, Maserati, Bentley, Ferrari, and Lamborghini. More than just your standard car dealer ship, Velocity offers the ultimate experience for car enthusiasts combined with shopping and some cool new eateries. Rent an exotic car, hire a private driver, get a ride to and from the airport, and so much more. It seems like if it involves a vehicle, Velocity Honolulu has got you covered. 

Velocity will also include a men’s clothing store, called Sixty-One, which will include a men’s barber shop. The woman’s boutique will include women’s spa services such as a dry bar and lash bar. The bottom floor will include a Italian wine bar concept, that will serve coffee during the day. Upstairs you will find a more formal dining experience, with a cocktail bar full dining room. Seafood will be the main focus as that is Chef Gianpaolo Raschi’s specialty.

Check out everything that Velocity Honolulu has to offer on their website


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Foodland Farms: More Grocery Options for Kakaako Residents

Foodland Farms at Ala Moana Center opens today providing another grocery store option for the Kakaako neighborhood. The locally owned and operated grocery store was one of the original tenants at Ala Moana Center when the mall first opened. They closed there doors a few years ago, and with the new Ewa Wing being recently completed, it provided them an opportunity to come back to the center.

The new Foodland Farms is far more than just your ordinary grocery store, the new concept will bring many prepared food options like: Made to order grilled steak, thin-crust pizza, shaved ice, a donut machine, fresh pressed juices, and much more. At the old Foodland location, many employees that work in the mall would buy their lunch from the grocery store, and with the new concept, it gives everyone a lot more options.

Parking was an issue with the old location, especially if you just wanted to stop in to grab something quick. With the new location, across the way from the new Shirokiya and adjacent to Piikoi street, there is a bunch of 15 minute parking fronting the store. So you’ll never have to wait long for a spot.

I think bringing Foodland back to the mall was a really great idea, and changing the concept created a new shopping experience. A miniature version of this would be perfect of the westside of Kakaako next to the Civic Rail Station and Keauhou Place!

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Juice Up at Instapressed


Owner Kevin Ko and Eve

Kakaako is filled to the brim with shops and restaurants you’ve been meaning to try out. But after getting caught up in the daily grind and with so many to choose from, sometimes you miss a few gems along the way. We get it, and we’re here to help.

Today we’re putting the spotlight on locally owned juicery Instapressed, known for its fresh, raw, cold-pressed (and delicious) juices. Fresh pressed juice is having a major moment across the globe, but what makes this juice stop different from the rest is its focus on fresh local ingredients.

What’s more, Instapressed offers a three-day cleanse to detox your body and restore vitality the natural and safe way. As someone who has successfully completed a juice cleanse myself, I can tell you that it’s nothing short of life-changing.

What’s on the menu? You can choose from eight different juices, including my personal favorites Green Aloha, Sunshine, and Fruitburst. One thing’s for sure — this juice craze is here to stay.

For a menu, pricing and store hours, visit or stop by the Kakaako store at 856 Ilaniwai St.


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803 Waimanu – What you need to know

Good news for those looking to buy or invest in the dynamic and fast-growing neighborhood of Kakaako – the condominium project at 803 Waimanu St. is moving forward. The project is being developed by California-based MJF Development Corp. and will feature a seven-story condominium including 153 market-rate units. Buyers can expect to see studio, one- and two-bedroom units.

Construction is slated to begin later this year with an estimated completion in 2017.

If you’ve missed out on sales for Keauhou Place or timing simply wasn’t right for you this is another great option.

In addition to 803 Waimanu, MJF Development Corp. has plans to build another condominium project on a 14,400 square-foot parcel located at nearby 929 Pumehana St. called “Ohana Hale.” The project will be a 21-story, 180-unit project including affordable and workforce units. About 60 percent or 108 of the project’s units will be priced in the affordable range for households earning between 100 percent and 120 percent of the area median income for Honolulu.

Construction on Ohana Hale is also planned for later this year, and will feature studio, one- and two-bedroom units.

Starting prices for both projects have yet to be announced. If you would like more information on these condos as soon as it is released, or  information on other projects in the area, please email me at

With Keauhou Place reserve unit sales happening this weekend I’ve had a lot of interested parties contacting me trying to get their hands on a reserving housing packet. With the last packet being handed out last week most of them were simply out of luck. For 803 Waimanu I encourage you to contact me early so that I can make sure that you get a reserve packet as soon as they become available. If you let me know that you’re interested I will keep track of the sales timeline for the project so you don’t have to.

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!

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Kakaako // What’s Going on in the Neighborhood?

Take a drive through Kakaako and you’ll see in no time that real estate is booming in the area. With both Howard Hughes’ and Kamehameha Schools’ proposed master plans underway, condos are coming up on every other block.

Waihonua was finished at the end of 2014 with neighboring ONE Ala Moana, just a few blocks outside of the Kakaako area, completed around the same time. There are currently three condos under construction in the Kakaako neighborhood including The Collection, Waiea, and Anaha, with Park Lane, located in the nearby Ala Moana neighborhood, also under construction. Keauhou Place is the most affordable condo tower in Kakaako with sales ongoing, and will begin construction soon. Sales for owner-occupant units will start on March 20, 2015. Vida  at 888 Ala Moana is an upcoming luxury project being developed by the same group as Hokua at 1288 Ala Moana. Sales will start in a few months.

With all these new projects coming up you might be asking yourself “Where do I even start?” Arming yourself with the as much information as possible should be your first task. Learning about Kakaako’s walk score and what part of the neighborhood you want to live in should be a big part of the decision making process. If the proposed rail is something you think you will be utilizing on a daily basis, choosing a condo within a few minutes walk should be a priority. If ocean views and a short walk to your favorite coffee shop is all that matters in the world, than your decision may be easier than you think.

At the end of the day if you’re thinking about making the move to Kakaako and don’t know where to start, I hope my recent blog posts will help to guide you in the right direction. For real estate advice tailored to your specific needs, feel free to contact me at


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Whole Foods Market: Coming Soon to Kakaako

The Howard Hughes Corporation and Whole Foods Market announced today plans for a 50,000 square-foot flagship Whole Foods Market in Honolulu at Ward Village. Whole Foods Market in Ward Village will be the company’s largest location in Hawai’i and will occupy the ewa makai corner of Queen Street and Kamake’e Street as part of a mixed use development. The project is slated to begin construction in 2015 with completion expected in 2017.

“Whole Foods Market in Ward Village is the perfect addition to our mixed use, pedestrian-oriented and bike-friendly neighborhood and will serve as an amenity for all of Honolulu to enjoy,” said Nick Vanderboom, Senior Vice President of Development Howard Hughes.

I think bringing Whole Foods to Kakaako truly completes the walkability and community needs of the area, serving more than 2,000 units within a quarter mile radius.   Not only will Whole Foods Market make the community more attractive to affluent buyers and investors, but it will provide jobs and opportunities for local people. In 2013 alone, Whole Foods Market spent more than $8 million dollars on purchases from local vendors in the state.

Avid readers of my blog are always asking me about the lack of grocery store options in the Kakaako area, and I hope that Whole Foods Market coming to the area will put their concerns to rest.

Do you think Whole Foods Market will make Kakaako a more complete community? Tell me your thoughts below or email me at

Interested in buying or selling real estate in Kakaako? Email or call me at (808) 387-3366.


Our Kakaako Launches Free Community WiFi

Kamehameha Schools’ Our Kaka‘ako launches one of the fastest free public WiFi networks in the nation, bringing high speed Internet access to the community.

The connection will span over nine city blocks of between Ala Moana Boulevard, South, Halekauwila and Cooke Streets.


Designed by Hawaii Dialogix Telcom (HDT), the Our Kaka‘ako WiFi network offers upload and download speeds that are up to 10 times faster than most home Internet connections. It also features seamless roaming and the capacity to accommodate a multitude of simultaneous users.

Our Kaka‘ako WiFi is the backbone of a neighborhood built on innovation, entrepreneurship and education. It’s a tool to further empower creativity in the Our Kaka‘ako community and nurture connections throughout Hawaii and the world.

Get connected with Our Kaka‘ako WiFi:

  • Go to your smartphone or tablet’s settings and find “Wi-Fi.”
  • Choose the “Our Kaka‘ako WiFi” network.
  • Agree to the terms and conditions.
  • Never fight over a seat in a coffee shop again.

Our Kaka‘ako WiFi will be rolling out throughout the neighborhood during the first few weeks of March.

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Ward Village Foundation Commits $1 Million to Support Community

HONOLULU – The Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE: HHC), 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

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Eden In Love’s Birthday Sale

Eden In Love Turns Three!

We “mustache” you to join EDEN IN LOVE as they turn three! It’s been an amazing three years, and EDEN IN LOVE wants to thank YOU and all of our die-hard shoppers with a huge birthday sale.


Sunday, April 21 from 10a-2p

At Ward Warehouse

And of course… we’ll be having an O-M-G birthday sale!

  • Wear 1 Eden in Love item, get 10% off.
  • Wear 2 Eden in Love items, get 20% off.
  • Wear 3 or more Eden in Love items, get 30% off your entire purchase!

We’ll be taking over the parking stalls in front of our store and rolling out NEW merchandise for this sale… we’re talking 20 racks of brand new clothes and accessories! Yes, the discounts are good on all NEW merchandise too!


  • Yummy Eden in Love birthday cupcakes
  • Refreshing beverage station
  • Interactive Flipbooks Hawaii photo booth
  • Live rockin’ DJ tunes

… and FOUR grand prize giveaways! Shoppers can enter to win (with purchase) one of four grand prize giveaways. We’re giving away three (3) Friends & Family 20% off passes, good for an entire year at Eden in Love, and one (1) $500 shopping spree plus personal styling session! Lucky winners will be drawn at 1:30p. Must be present to win. For more information, contact Michelle Fujii at 808-591-1005 or email


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Divas Doing Good Kakaako Beach & Park Cleanup

Divas Doing Good is the non-profit arm of Eden in Love and The Wedding Café, two Kaka‘ako based, Ward Centers merchants that partner with various non-profit organizations to do good in our community.

Divas Doing Good Kakaako Beach & Park CleanupFrom supporting local organizations to going international and adopting a village in Sri Lanka, Divas Doing Good is striving to show the world that small business that have big dreams and bigger hearts can make anything happen.

Divas Doing Good is a movement to raise awareness, to educate and nurture women, and to garner community support towards local, national and international causes in hopes of building a brighter more peaceful tomorrow. Their efforts will empower women to LOOK good, FEEL good and DO good.

On Christmas Eve, Eden In Love and The Wedding Café challenged their supporters to commit to doing at least one act of kindness in memory of the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook shooting. They received over 26 beautiful acts of kindness, so in response, the group committed to do something amazing for Hawaii as a company.

Please join Eden in Love as they walk the walk and get down and dirty for their first community-wide Divas Doing Good event.


Saturday, April 6 from 9:30-11a

At Kakaako Waterfront Beach Park

Join Eden In Love and The Wedding Cafe for their beach cleanup with games, prizes and fun in the sun. All ages are welcome. RSVP to if you plan to attend.

For more information, contact Michelle Fujii at or call (808) 591-1005.