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Best-Planned Community in the U.S.

Congratulations are in order for The Howard Hughes Corporation, whose Ward Village development was recently named the best-planned community in the nation by Architectural Digest.

The Ward Village master-planned community was recognized for its forward-thinking architecture, use of local materials — with a nod to Hawaiian culture — and seemingly endless amenities all within walking distance from its towers. 

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When it comes to master-planned communities, The Howard Hughes Corporation is as seasoned as they come. The corporation has overseen the development or expansion of some of the country’s most sought-after communities since the 1950’s including Summerlin, Nevada, The Woodlands, Texas and Columbia, Maryland. With so much experience planning and building master-planned communities, can you imagine what they could do with 60 acres of oceanfront property in the heart of urban Honolulu?

The answer? Six residential towers including Waiea (completed, for sale), Anaha (under construction, for sale), Ae’o (under construction, for sale), Gateway Towers (for sale), Ke Kilohana (under construction) and A’ali’i (sales to launch soon). With these towers already announced and more in the works, Ward Village is positioned to become a true live-work-play destination with something for everyone. 

If you’re interested in learning more about Ward Village and finding out which condominium would be right for you, please leave your contact information below and someone from our team will reach out to you as soon as possible. 

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988 Halekauwila: Everything You Need to Know

Howard Hughes is now moving forward on the very controversial 988 Halekauwila, recently renamed Ke Kilohana. The 400 foot building was initially proposed as a fee simple condo tower that would house most of Howard Hughes’ required reserve housing units for phase one and two of there proposed master plan. The Texas bases developer then tried to get an approval from the HCDA to offer the building as an affordable rental tower for a certain number of years in hopes that would satisfy their reserve housing requirements. The HCDA ruled against and now we’re back to the original plan, 424 residential units, majority of which, will be reserved housing units.

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There will be 141 one-bedroom, 193 two-bedroom, and 90 three- or more bedroom units. The condo project is trying to achieve LEED certification all while promoting neighborhood scale sustainability which includes walkability, access to transit, affordable housing, access to diverse uses of housing types, and district-wide green building initiatives like energy and water efficiency.

With the project being largely reserve housing, buyers will have to qualify under currect HCDA guidelines. This requires all buyers to make between 100% to 140% of Kakaako’s area median income. The qualifying process does encompass more than just the income qualification with a standard pre-approval letter still an integral part of the buying process. Please contact me for more details.

988 Halekauwila will be built on the site of the old Dixie Grill, where halekauwila and Ward Avenue meet, located across the street from HART’s proposed Kakaako rail station. There will be approximately 25,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor with Longs Drugs having just signed on to anchor the space.

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988 Halekauwila adds affordability into Ward Village, where it previously was non-existent with it’s first four towers. This project will add diversity and life into the growing neighborhood. The project also offers a great opportunity to get into the Ward Village neighborhood at relatively affordable prices. If you’ve missed out on reserve housing opportunities in the past please don’t wait to get on our interest list. We will keep you up to date with information as soon as it is made available by the developer.

Contact Holden@Kakaako for more information and to be put on our interested parties list. Thank you!

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Ae’o: Owner-occupant lottery starts this Saturday

Ae’o, one of Howard Hughes’ latest condominium developments, will start sales for owner-occupants units this coming Saturday 1.18.15. Howard Hughes, the Dallas based developer, has seen great success thus far with Waiea and Anaha very close to 100% sold. Gateway which is another condominium development by Howard Hughes,  recently started sales too though the price point for the project is two to three times that of Ae’o. The selling point behind Ae’o is there relatively affordable priced units compared to that of Waiea and Anaha, both of which are less than a few hundred feet away. Imagine moving in to Kahala or Diamond Head for Kaimuki prices.

There seems to be a lot of buzz around Ae’o and I can see sales going really well for Howard Hughes. Pricing for studios will start at $410,000, one-bedrooms starting at $573,000, two-bedrooms starting at $860,000, and three-bedrooms starting at $1,390,000.  A brand new flagship Whole Foods Market will be located on the ground floor, Ala Moana beach park is just a few minutes walk away, and a brand new elevated rail system is just a few minutes walk down the road. Ae’o offers convenience and luxury in an affordable price range. Read more about the project here.

The lottery will take place this Saturday so all buyers must enter no later than Friday at midnight. Please contact me for floor plans and more information about how to enter the lottery.

I’ve worked closely with Howard Hughes as well as other developers in the Kakaako neighborhood and understand the sales process very well. I’ve sold in everything from Keauhou Place to The Collection and even Vida at 888 Ala Moana. I work hard to get you what you want so that you don’t have to. Give me a call today or email me to set up an appointment or showing. Mahalo! Holden@Kakaako.com or (808)387-3366.

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MAKE-A-WISH HAWAII TAKES OVER WARD VILLAGE COURTYARD BRUNCH

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 wardvillageshops.com

“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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Ae’o at Ward Village: The Whole Foods Tower

Ae’o or more commonly known as the “Whole Foods Project” is finally upon us. With sales started in July of 2015, Ae’o, located at the corner of Kamake’e and Queen street, will feature a Whole Foods Market along with relatively affordable market rate residential units.  Studio units started at $410,000 and sold out almost immediately. One-bedroom units started at $560,000 and a large majority sold out in the first week or so, I think a few higher floor (and therefor higher priced) units are available. Two-bedroom units started from $860,000 and all of the units listed under $1,000,000 sold very fast. There are a bunch still available in the $1,400,000 to $1,800,000 range. Three-bedroom started at around $2,000,000 and there are still a lot of options available.

The project will feature 65 studios, 220 one-bedroom units, 125 two-bedroom units, and 56 three-bedroom units. Sales took place on two different stages. They first launched a owner-occupant lottery with more than 550 entries. I was lucky enough to have four buyers with three of them getting great picks. Phase two was for investors and selection went to owners of Waiea and Anaha units first. Next were people who submitted non-binding pre-registration a few weeks earlier, you were called in to the sales office in the order you submitted the NPA. (NPA’s were time stamped) With this launch and other similar projects, lower priced units are the first to sell. (Note: In the future, if you’re looking for a unit on the lower end of the price range, make sure you notify me very early on).

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The Whole Foods Market will be located on the ground floor and will be roughly 50,000 square feet making it the largest Whole Foods Market in the state. With no other large grocery store in the neighborhood, Whole Foods will be a hub for the many residents and future residents that call Ward Village and Kakaako home, ever increasing the walkability of the growing neighborhood.

Being within walking distance to the great restaurants of Ward Village, Ward Theaters,  and now the convenience of doing all your grocery shopping foot steps from your front door, Ae’o offers true urban island luxury living.

If this project or any of the other projects in the Kakaako neighborhood are of  interest to you, please email me at Holden@Kakaako.com. If you have any questions please feel free to comment below or email me directly.  Mahalo and Aloha!

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The Gateway at Ward Village

With more and more condos on the rise in the Kakaako neighborhood, developers are constantly trying to differentiate their projects from other buildings. In the case of Howard Hughes, they must differentiate each of their condos with unique selling points and amenities. Whether it be through a prime location like Park Lane, seemingly endless amenities in Waiea, or maybe it’s competitive pricing while not comprising luxury as is the case with Vida. Next on the horizon is Howard Hughes’ latest proposed condominum tower, The Gateway, designed by world-renowned architect Richard Meier.

Situated on the Ward Warehouse block in Ward Village, The Gateway will consist of an Ewa tower and a Diamond Head tower. Located between the two towers will be a nearly one-acre central plaza designed by Richard Meier, the famous architect behind The Getty Center. The plaza will feature pedestrian walkways, native plants, water features, and passage from the heart of Kewalo basin to the center of Ward Village. The Gateway at Ward Village

A few of the notable amenities beyond your typical luxury condominium include a wine tasting room and cellar, pet spa, veranda bar and four luxury guest suites so your friends from out of town can enjoy Kakaako from the luxury of their own suite.

All of the residences at The Gateway will feature 10-foot ceilings, Gaggeneau appliances, wine refrigerators, motorized window shades, and much more. I was able to get a private tour of the model unit on the first day of sales and Howard Hughes has really outdone themselves with the finishes.

“Overall wellness, health and balance can be seen in every design element in Gateway, from the private yoga rooms and ocean view fitness centers to the sprawling public living rooms and infinity-edged lounge pools,” per the developer.

With all of the luxury condominiums on offer in the Kakaako area today, there is a condo for every buyer. Howard Hughes has certainly outdone themselves with this project and the awe-inspiring design by world-renowned architect Richard Meier is a sight to be seen. If this project interests you or if you’e curious about what other projects are available in the Kakaako area, please contact me at Holden@Kakaako.com.

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Monthly Courtyard Brunch to Launch at Ward Village

Calling all foodies! Ward Village today announced a brand new recurring community event centered around everyone’s favorite meal — brunch. The kickoff will take place on Sunday, April 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ward Village Information Center Courtyard (former IBM Building). The monthly event will feature farm to table ingredients paired with local chefs and farmers, as well as live entertainment.

“Courtyard Brunch offers a modern twist on the classic Sunday morning fare, providing a taste of creative brunch concepts from some of the most talented chefs in town,” said Katie Ka’anapu, Director of Community and Retail Marketing for Ward Village. “We’re excited to add Courtyard Brunch to our growing line-up of community events at Ward Village, where we strive to provide a thriving, integrated gathering place for locals and visitors to enjoy in the heart of Honolulu.”

The first Courtyard Brunch event on April 12 will showcase the theme, “Women Working for Ward” with a line-up of local female chefs and farmers, including dessert chef extraordinaire Michelle Karr-Ueoka from MW Restaurant,  Pastry Chef Jayme Vaniew from Morimoto Waikiki, Co-owners Jill Nordby and Jamie Sexton of Holoholo General Store, Chef Gida Snyder from Naked Cow Dairy, and much more. The event will also feature live entertainment from DJ Anit.

“We are thrilled to be part of the first ever Ward Village Courtyard Brunch and look forward to sharing seasonal recipes that highlight our fantastic local farms and suppliers,” said Claire Sullivan, Hawai`i coordinator, Purchasing and Public Affairs for Whole Foods Market. “This community event is a wonderful opportunity to introduce ourselves to the neighborhood of Ward Village, the future home of our flagship Whole Foods Market in the state of Hawai’i.”

Courtyard Brunch will take place monthly from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ward Village Information Center Courtyard (former IBM Building). Tickets are $20 per person, with all proceeds benefiting local nonprofit organizations via the Ward Village Foundation. Tickets include access to a mouthwatering array of brunch eateries who will offer customer favorites alongside themed dishes, as well as contemporary breakfast cocktails. Guests will also have an opportunity to shop from a selection of market stands offering fresh produce, meats and cheeses from local farms. Tickets can be reserved online at wardvillageshops.com.

Whole Foods Market plans to open a 50,000 square-foot flagship Whole Foods Market at Ward Village at the ewa-makai corner of Queen Street and Kamake’e Street as part of a mixed use development. The store will be the company’s largest location in Hawai’i and the fourth Whole Foods Market in the Islands. The company opened its first store in Hawai`i in Kāhala in 2008 and has been committed to buying, sourcing and supporting locally grown and made products since then. In 2014 alone, over $6 million was spent on purchases from Hawaiian agricultural operations, including farms, dairies, apiaries and ranches.

Ward Village hosts several free community events throughout the year, including the Ward Village Courtyard Cinema monthly film series, the Art + Flea urban market, the Kaka’ako Farmers’ Market each Saturday, and more. For more information, visit www.wardvillage.com.

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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 Holden@kakaako.com.

 

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Units still available at Anaha and Waiea

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If 2015 is the year to make the big step forward, and Kakaako is neighborhood where you want to be, then perhaps Howard Hughes can help provide you with the solution. Having started sales last year on their two luxury project Anaha and Waiea, Howard Hughes have seen sales soar. Anaha, located at 1108 Auahi street, boasts both ocean and diamond head views. The floor to ceiling windows, along with wide open floor plans, will your new home in the sky the go to spot for get togethers.

If views, views, views, are what interests you then Waiea is the perfect fit for you. Located at 1118 Ala Moana Boulevard, Waiea featured unobstructed views of the vast Pacific Ocean. Waiea offers true luxury island living with most amenities imaginable. One of the few condominiums in Kakaako that offer four bedroom units and LEED platinum certification. So while you’re sitting back poolside, sipping mojitos, you can rest assured that the environment was top of mind throughout the entire development process.

Prices for Anaha start in the mid $900,000’s and go up from there. Waiea starts in the mid $1,000,000’s for a low floor one bedroom and can go up to $6,300,000 for a three bedroom three bath unit on the 14th floor with ocean views.

If you want more information regarding either Anaha or Waiea please feel free to contact me at 808-387-3366 or Holden@kakaako.com. If Anaha and Waiea or slightly out of your price range and are interested to see what else is out there, please feel free to contact me and I would be happy to assist you.

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Ready, Set, Glow at the Inaugural Ward Village NiteRun

Grab your running shoes and your glow sticks, because the countdown is on for the inaugural Ward Village NiteRun, kicking off September 20. The NiteRun is a 5k fun run that will raise funds and awareness for JDRF Hawai’i, who works to improves the lives of Hawai’i’s children, adults and families living with type 1 diabetes. You’re invited to partake in this family-friendly event, which will include donning headlamps and running or walking while taking in the sights of the dynamic neighborhood by foot.

“We’re excited to welcome the community to join us for our first ever Ward Village NiteRun, an event that truly epitomizes the fun and active lifestyle this neighborhood promotes,” said Katie Ka’anapu, Senior Marketing Manager of Ward Village. “We look forward to welcoming walkers and runners to Ward Village for this special evening under the stars while supporting diabetes research in Hawai’i.”

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The Ward Village NiteRun is open to all ages and is an untimed event which will start and finish at Kewalo Basin Harbor. The end of the race will feature a glow-in-the-dark street party with LED entertainment, food and beverages and live music by local musicians, including Paul Izak, Erika Elona, local jazz funk favorites The Deadbeats, Jerome James and Roothub and more. Festivities will include a costume contest with prizes, giveaways from Ward Village retailers and restaurants, and a selfie-wall (yes, you read it right, a selfie-wall) complete with props to share the fun.

“The Ward Village NiteRun provides a unique and easy way for our community to join us in honoring the courage and perseverance of those facing the everyday challenges of type 1 diabetes,” said Stacy Acma, executive director of JDRF Hawai’i. “Local partners such as Ward Village are critical to the progress in type 1 diabetes research, and we thank them for their support as we work to turn Type One into Type None.”

NiteRun was started in 2013 as a part of John Henderson’s Adventure Race Hawai’i, with the goal of creating an event that provides a fun and safe environment to promote health and well-being with a splash of adventure. Henderson and Race Director Chris Gardner have more than 35 years of combined experience directing races and other athletic events throughout Hawai’i.

To register or learn more about the Ward Village NiteRun, visit wardvillageniterun.com. Registration is $45 per person before Sept. 3, $55 after Sept. 3, and includes a headlamp, t-shirt and refreshments for each participant. A $10 discount is available for registrants with a military, student or HGEA ID. To register or find more information, visit  wardvillageniterun.com.