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1938 Indochine, Qing Mu, two new restaurants coming to Kakaako

Need another reason to make Kakaako your new home? We’ll give you three: 1938 Indochine, Qing Mu and Bluetree Cafe will be joining Kakaako’s flourishing culinary scene in Spring 2018. The three new restaurants will open at The Collection — a development of contemporary residences in the heart of Kakaako– and are being developed Kevin Aoki, CEO of the Aoki Group the visionary behind Doraku and the original Blue Tree Cafe on Kapiolani Boulevard.

If this sounds like your cup of tea, just wait…there’s more. Aoki describes each of the restaurant concepts as follows:

The first restaurant, 1938 Indochine, will feature the flavors of Southeast Asia. The menu will delight the palate with tastes of Vietnamese, Thai and Indonesian cuisine. The restaurant will explore the flavors, ingredients, and cooking techniques of the region. 

Co-located with 1938 Indochine will be Qing Mu. The quick-service restaurant will offer menu items prepared to the exacting standards of a traditional Chinese noodle shop. All entrees will be made using organic ingredients and hormone-free meats. For more information, go to

Qing Mu Menu

1938 Indochine and Qing Mu will be located at the corner of Ala Moana Boulevard and Keawe Street.

The third restaurant is the Bluetree Cafe, a restaurant that meets the needs of the health-conscious consumer. The Café offers unique items that are good to eat or drink and good for your health. Bluetree Café will be located along Keawe Street and is the second Café location in Honolulu. More information can be found at

From shops to restaurants to entertainment, each new addition to Kakaako brings new life into the neighborhood and makes the area an even more desirable place to live. The Collection is located across the street from SALT where you can find other popular eateries like Arvo, Lanikai Juice, and Highway Inn. We can’t wait to see what will pop up next!

Qing Mu Menu

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The Collection Lofts: Unit for sale

Come home to this beautiful studio at The Collection Lofts in Kakaako. At 475 sf. the design of the layout, combined with the floor to ceiling windows, makes the space feel far larger. Stainless-steel appliances, 9′ ceilings, LED lighting, and natural quartz counter tops are just some of the features of this amazing unit. I think another great feature of this unit is the low maintenance fees. At $339 a month, you get water, sewer, internet, and cable tv. Not to mention access to a gym (only for loft owners) and an amazing lounge with large flat screen TVs, a pool table, and ample seating area perfect for Superbowl parties or Game of Thrones nights. 


Listed Price: $499,000

Interior: 475 sf. 

Year built: 2016 

Parking: Yes

Watch our video tour below. 

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Condos Explore Stories

Park Lane Ala Moana: The Sky Residences

Park Lane is probably the most unique project in the Kakaako/Ala Moana neighborhood. Instead of building vertically like every other project in the area, the height restrictions presented an interesting obstacle for the developers and designers. What we have today is a “High-rise turned on it’s side” built across seven acres of prime Honolulu real estate where every unit is in touch with the landscape and beauty of Hawaii.

Built adjacent to Ala Moana Center the project is foot steps away from world-class shopping. On the front side of the property you will look out over Ala Moana Beach Park, which spans over 100 acres and some of Oahu’s best surf spots.

The Sky Residences feature both Makai (ocean) and Mauka (mountain) views and feel more like single-family homes than they do a condominium. The Sky Residences offer a chef’s kitchen and lounge with plenty of natural light. The “U-shaped” design surrounds the oversized, covered lanai, featuring a built-in Wolf grill perfect for family gatherings.

Did I mention the amenities at Park Lane are out of this world? Beyond the usual pool, spa, and fitness studios that come with every other project, Park Lane offers guest suites, grocery delivery, wine storage, valet, concierge, and residence care for those that live overseas most of the year.

Everything you need in life can be found at Park Lane. Please contact me if you are interested in pricing, floor plans, or general information. Thank you,

Real Estate Stories

More Residents Call Kakaako Home

screen-shot-2016-11-28-at-11-59-52-amA couple of weeks ago The Collection Honolulu and Waiea in Ward Village welcomed it’s first residents into it’s building. The Collection Honolulu located within “Our Kakaako” on the Ewa side of Kakaako, started sales over two years ago selling it’s tower out shortly after the start of sales. To date only The Townhouses are available.

Waiea, Howard Hughscreen-shot-2016-11-28-at-12-00-42-pmes’ first residential tower in Ward Village, welcomes the first residents to the masterplanned neighborhood. The building is roughly 90% sold with various units in the building still available. Waiea will set a new standard of luxury in Kakaako previously held by Hokua at 1288 Ala Moana blvd. Anaha located cookie corner to Waiea is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2017.

The Collection Honolulu will bring life to “Our Kakaako” and the businesses within SALT, located across the street from the new tower, will surely benefit. The Collection get it’s name from the various styles of living that it offers. You have the main tower where a majority of the units and residents reside. There are 14 Townhouses that bring a new type of urban living to the neighborhood with entrances right at street level and then there are low-rise loft studios that don’t have access to all of the amenities of the tower, but share a smaller amenity package.

Slowly but surely Kakaako is shaping into the neighborhood we will all come to love. If you’re interested in learning more about how you can call Kakaako home, please feel free to reach out to me directly at Thank you!

Condos Real Estate Stories

Kapiolani Residence: Market unit launch

Project Overview

Kapiolani Residence, a residential project going up on Kapiolani Boulevard is getting ready to start market rate unit sales. The 45 story tower developed by Sam Koo, will feature 192 moderately priced market rate units. The 292 affordable housing units also available in the building will be picked by lottery near the end of October/early November (applications for the affordable housing units were due August 31st 2016).

The 192 moderately priced market rate units are made up of 69 one-bedroom units, 83 two-bedroom units, and 40 three-bedroom units. The market rate units will also be sold by lottery, giving potential buyers a 30 day window to submit the necessary paperwork to enter.

Some of the necessary qualifications are:

  1. U.S. citizen our Permanent Resident Alien.
  2. Hawaii resident.
  3. Intent to occupy the property at closing.

There is no shared appreciation of any kind for these units, with being an owner-occupant for 1 year being the only requirement. No pricing has been released yet.

Building Features

  • Recreational Deck & Indoor Party Room, BBQ Grills, Cabanas
  • Assigned Parking in a 9-Floor Garage with a Covered Walking Bridge
  • Electric Vehicle Stalls Available
  • Covered Building Entry using FOB Key System
  • Resident Manager
  • Secured by Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV)
  • Reception Desk & Mailroom
  • Elevator Lobby: 5 Elevators (1 Service)
  • Designated Ground Level Loading Stall in Parking Garage
  • Bicycle Storage

Unit Features

  • Private Lanai
  • Samsung Appliances
  • Samsung Split AC System, Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Stacked Washer & Dryer
  • Wired for Technology
  • Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring in Entry, Living Room, & Kitchen
  • Carpeted Flooring in Bedrooms
  • Walk-in Closet with Built-in System or Freestanding Closet System

Distance to Rail – 0.4 miles /7 minutes walk

Kapiolani Residence Pricing

Kapiolani Residence Market Interest List

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Condos Stories

Vanguard Lofts: Urban living, Kakaako Style

For many, owning an open and airy loft is the city-dwellers dream, but it’s not always easy to find in the heart of Honolulu.

The history of loft living goes back decades when lofts were the home of artists who found it tough to do their work in small, conventional apartments, and lived — often illegally — in downtown commercial spaces. While lofts were first used with efficiency in mind, the industrial style became highly desireable in the 70’s as classic loft features like open floorplans, high ceilings and exposed brick and piping grew in popularity.

If features like these are on your personal checklist, you’re in luck — a rarely-available 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 2-parking unit at the Vanguard Lofts recently came on the market. Compared to many of the modern high-rise buildings in Kakaako, the Vanguard Lofts stands out for its industrial look and feel and is far from cookie cutter. Unfinished concrete wall surfaces, incredible 9-foot-4 ceilings, open water lines and duct work, and gorgeous hardwood floors are just some of the features that make this unit so coveted.

The spacious unit also boasts custom cabinetry with extra storage, professional grade stainless steel gas Thermador appliances and a private 419 square-foot with a built-in gas barbeque and wet bar overlooking a view of punchbowl.

The Vanguard Lofts is home to 36 total units, each with a completely unique floor plan. Building amenities also include a rooftop pool, hot tub, barbeque and pool cabanas on same level as this unit.

Moving into the Vanguard Lofts is a lifestyle choice that will give you a Tribeca feel in the heart of Honolulu. Kakaako loft style living in can be yours for $1.2 million. Interested in calling the Vanguard Lofts home? Email me at for more details.

Vanguard Lofts Interest List

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Condos Stories

Aalii: New project coming to Ward Village

Aalii – “a small bushy tree native to Hawaii”

Each new project in Ward Village brings us one step closer to a complete walkable neighborhood in the heart of Honolulu. Aalii, was the latest project announced by Howard Hughes which will be a 42 story high-rise featuring 751 units. With the recent success of Ke Kilohana and closely watching sales trends of other buildings in Kakaako, Howard Hughes has recognized that there is a strong demand for smaller (lower priced) units in the area. The largest unit in Aalii will be 900 sqft., with studios as small as 300 sqft..


Reserve Housing

Aalii will feature 100 reserve housing units. Considerably less than what is required by the HCDA, which states all developers must designate 20% of residential units for reserve housing. That law allows developers to move reserve housing off site in to other buildings which is what they did with Ke Kilohana. Ke Kilohana houses the required reserve housing for Ae’o, Waiea, Anaha and I’m assuming some of Aalii.  Ke Kilohana has a total of 424 units, 375 are for reserve housing.


Aalii will have studio, one-, and two-bedroom units. The project will feature 19,000 sqft. of open space and 15,000 sqft. of commercial space. The tower was designed by San Francisco’s Solomon Cordwell Buenz with local partner Ferraro Choi and Associates Ltd.. Aalii will be built parallel to Ward Avenue, aimed at preserving mauka (mountain) to makai (ocean) views. Amenities will include barbecue areas, a pool, fitness centers, private rooms and lounges, some of which will be located on the 42nd floor of the tower. Sales for the project most likely won’t begin until 2017.

Sales Information

With the project not starting sales until 2017 you have a lot of time to get your ducks in a row. If you’re interested in market rate units they will most likely be released on a first come first serve basis. It’s never to early to register your interest so please fill in your information below. If you’re a first-time home buyer and would like to get in to the reserve housing portion of the project, please also register your interest and indicate that you are interested in reserve housing. I will keep everyone posted as new information is made available. Thank you and please feel free to reach out to me with any questions

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Eating Local Stories

Piggy Smalls: The Pig & The Lady is coming to Kakaako

The Pig & the Lady, an award winning restaurant located near downtown Honolulu will open a new restaurant at Ward Centre later this year. The restaurant, named Piggy Smalls, will offer contemporary Vietnamese eats and treats next to Agu Ramen at Ward Centre along Auahi Street.

Photo by @rick_poon

Photo by @rick_poon

The menu will be an extension of the Pig & the Lady brand and will showcase a breakfast menu, which will be served until dinner time, including a rotating selection of pastries, toast menu featuring house-made breads, and a jam program featuring toppings such as kaya, a coconut custard egg jam. The Vietnamese-inspired fare will be offered in a casual setting with indoor and outdoor seating, including both sit-down and take-out options. The 1,600-square-foot restaurant, which is slated to open in the fall of 2016, will be open for lunch and dinner daily and will employ about 30 employees.

As the Ward Village neighborhood continues to grow, more and more established restaurants will want to move to the area. There is a real opportunity for growth in the community from a business standpoint, with so many potential consumers within walking distance. Of course The Pig & The Lady has been in Kakaako before, every Wednesday they have a small pop-up at the Farmer’s Market located the Blaisdell.

Business Eating Stories

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!


South Shore Market comes to Ward Village

South Shore Market is coming soon to Ward Village. It’s a take on Chelsea Market in New York City, with a mix of local restaurants, boutiques, artisans, and curators. Located at the corner of Auahi street and Queen Lane, South Shore Market will embody Kakaako’s surf/active outdoor culture. The market will feature a collection of 17 merchants, public spaces, and art displays. Upon completion of South Shore Market, Queen Lane will become Ward Village’s first “complete street” providing a glimpse into the future of Ward Village.

South Shore Market Directory

New landscaping, outdoor dining areas, walkable pathways, and bike racks are just some of the great features coming to the area. Located across the street from Kolowalu Park, the design of the space creating a flow from indoor shopping to outdoor dining will be a natural gathering place for locals from all over Honolulu.

Some of the merchants and vendors that are going to be features in the 25,000 sq.ft. space will be:

  • Big Bad Wolf
  • Big Island Delights
  • Cameron Hawaii
  • Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
  • Eden in Love
  • Flotsam & Co.
  • Holoholo Market
  • Kealopiko
  • Manaola
  • MORI by Art + Flea
  • Salvage Public

Can you picture your business doing well in South Shore Market? Contact us for more information at