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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. 


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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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Ward Village today announced that its June edition of Courtyard Brunch will serve as a Make-A-Wish® Hawaii takeover called “Waffles for Wishes” on Sunday, June 28. The event, presented by Make-A-Wish Hawaii’s Young Leaders Board in partnership with Ward Village, will serve as a benefit for Make-A-Wish Hawaii, featuring a delectable spread of local chefs, themed cocktails and live entertainment by DJ Anit.

“Today, there are about 400 wish kids and their families actively planning their wishes for the summer of 2015,” said Siana Austin Hunt, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Hawaii. “This new event is a fun way to come together as a community while supporting our busiest wish-granting season – when keiki are out of school and ready to embark on their wishes.”

As part of this month’s Courtyard Brunch takeover, tickets (for this edition of Courtyard Brunch only) will be offered at $85 per person, with admission covering unlimited food and drink. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will go directly back to Make-A-Wish Hawaii’s wish-granting efforts.

Participating vendors include Koko Head Café, Morimoto WaikikiMW Restaurant, The Pig & The Lady, Whole Foods Market and Kope Coffee Catering Company. Brunch cocktails will be served by Organic Ocean Vodka, Market Advantage and Starbucks. Tickets can be reserved online at

“Each month, our Courtyard Brunch event offers a fun, social weekend activity set in our beautiful, contemporary Ward Village Information Center Courtyard,” said Katie Ka’anapu, Director of Community & Retail Marketing for Ward Village. “At this special edition of Courtyard Brunch, guests will have a chance to enjoy great food and company while raising funds and awareness for Make-A-Wish Hawaii’s inspiring work in our community.”

Waffles for Wishes, to be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, will serve as the official launch for Make-A-Wish Hawaii’s newly-formed Young Leaders Board, comprised of a diverse group of professionals under 45. This event will be one of two new signature annual networking events spearheaded by the 22-member board, whose goal is twofold: to support the Make-A-Wish mission while also fostering a new space where Hawaii’s young professionals can experience firsthand the essential role that non-profits play in our community.

To support the latter part of the board’s goal, the Young Leaders will introduce “Heroes for Hope” at the June 28 event. Heroes for Hope is a new philanthropic society designed for the busy working professional looking to pair their for-profit experience with the Make-A-Wish mission.

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Courtyard Cinema Film Series to Hit Play June 12

The Howard Hughes Corporation today announced that this summer it will launch Courtyard Cinema, a new monthly film series in partnership with the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) and Consolidated Theatres at Ward Village. Courtyard Cinema, free and open to the public, will showcase a selection of HIFF curated films on the second Thursday of each month and will also feature refreshments, activities and special guests centered around the theme of the selected film.

Bella VitaIn collaboration with The Howard Hughes Corporation, HIFF has curated a broad range of films for Courtyard Cinema, from intellectually stimulating genre-bending works to family-oriented crowd favorites.

Courtyard Cinema premieres on Thursday, June 12 at 6 p.m. in the Ward Village Courtyard, located at 1240 Ala Moana Boulevard, with the Italian surf film, Bella Vita. Walking distance from some of the south shore’s best waves, surf enthusiasts can enjoy an intimate and powerful journey that chronicles surfer, artist, and environmentalist Chris Del Moro on a pilgrimage back to his ancestral homeland in Italy captured in stunning 35mm. Renowned documentary filmmaker Jason Baffa will be in attendance to answer questions from the audience. For a preview of the film and more information, visit

Want to score some free tickets? Visit or on Facebook at for upcoming film selections and more details about the series.

In other Howard Hughes news, Ward Village broke ground on their Waiea condominium project this past Saturday, the first mixed-use residential tower at Ward Village.

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

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OUTFIT: Hawaii Fashion Designers Market

OUTFIT: Hawaii Fashion Designers Market was a two-day event held on Oct 2-3, 2013 at the ground floor of TJ Maxx Building at Ward Centers. An event for trade, industry, and shoppers that showcases Hawaii’s best in fashion and trade.

There were many local fashion designers, jewelry and accessory makers, who set up shop to promote their brand and sell their goods. Manufacturers like Duke Boyd, Hilo Hattie, Jams World, and Reyn Spooner had a large showcase on the floor. Throughout the day there were fashion shows and live music on the Main Stage, and a Meet-and-Greet at the HiFi Lounge.

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AFL All-Star Game to be held at Blaisdell Arena in Kakaako

David Niu, President of AFL Global announced today that the AFL All-Star Game will be played at the Blaisdell Arena on November 2, 2013. The game will take place between the AFL’s National and American conferences. It is the first AFL all-star game since 1993, and the first one ever in Hawaii. More details and ticket information will be released soon. Visit for more.

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Katt Williams is prepping his perm for his Saturday night Hawaii debut here at the Blaisdell Arena. The “Pimp Chronicles” comedian and multi-talented actor will bring new material to the almost sold out show. Although he’s endured a tumultuous personal life and a few run-ins with the law, Williams thrives on stage. He is sure to deliver a night of laughs that will have you ROFL (Rolling On the Floor Laughing).  Limited tickets available at our Box Office and at Ticketmaster.
Click here for details on the Katt Willams Official After Party


Looking for a job? There will be companies from every industry at Job Quest 2013 next Tuesday. ALTRES, Bank of Hawaii, and Hawaii Pacific Health are sponsoring the job fair. Companies participating include American Savings Bank, Bonterra Solar Services, Clear Channel Radio, Coca Cola, Crazy Shirts, E Noa Tours, Forever 21, H&M, Hawaiian Airlines, Home Depot, Island Air, Kona Brewing Company, Lawson Station, Martin & MacArthur, Na Hoku, Reynolds Recycling, Swinerton Builders, Turtle Bay Resorts, Woodmen of the World, Y. Hata, and many more!
Register today at if you would like to receive a completed list of all 170 plus employers attending. Also, stay connected with all things Job Quest and follow along with the conversation using hashtag #jobfairhi on Twitter and Instagram. Get the Job Quest floor map, full employer list, and more by following Job Quest on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.
Job Quest Tip: Dressing professional isn’t expensive. All it requires is a little effort. Be neat, clean, and well-groomed. First impressions matter. Good luck!