Kamehameha Schools’ (KS’) vision for Our Kaka‘ako is to create a progressive, 21st century living community that will act as a catalyst for innovation and nurture the evolution of a vibrant urban island culture within a beautiful, healthy and sustainable neighborhood.
Walk the streets of Our Kaka‘ako on any given day, and you’ll feel the creative energy and see why this is such a popular place to live, work, play and visit. As a growing community, this is also a major site for continued redevelopment under KS’ Kaiāulu ʻo Kaka‘ako Master Plan (KKMP).
The Our Kaka‘ako Master Plan, approved in 2009 by the Hawai‘i Community Development Authority (HCDA), encompasses 29 acres on nine city blocks of KS land in Kaka‘ako. Increment I of the master plan, which includes four blocks (A, B, E, F), has been completed, and KS and its development partners are in the planning stages for the remaining five blocks (C, D, G, H, I) under Increment II.
Increments I & II
Kamehameha Schools’ Kaiāulu ʻō Kaka‘ako Master Plan (KKMP) calls for the development of a mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhood featuring a range of housing options for owners and renters – from low-rise residences to high-rise towers – inviting green spaces, walking paths, and unique retail and dining experiences. Increment I of this urban community in Honolulu has provided a successful start to fulfill KS’ vision for Our Kaka‘ako.
Completed Increment I Development Projects
Blocks A, B, E and F under Increment I are fully developed. A total of 1,336 residential units have been built, of which 456 (34%) are rental housing units. Increment I also features 184,000+ sq. ft. of commercial space and 50,000+ sq. ft. of open space.
Under Increment II, Our Kaka‘ako will gain additional affordable, workforce and market-priced housing, retail areas, open spaces, broad sidewalks and public art. Our Kakaʻako is providing a brighter future for Hawaiʻi by creating new places for people to live and work.
As with Increment I, KS will partner with developers on residential rental projects and commercial spaces, and will not be developing any for-sale condominium projects. Development companies purchase KS land, build projects, and offer individual units for sale to residential buyers.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Question 1: Why is Kamehameha Schools requesting amendments to the Kaiāulu ʻo Kakaʻako Master Plan?
Answer 1: The Kaiāulu ‘o Kaka‘ako Master Plan (KKMP) entitlements expire in 2024 and Kamehameha Schools (KS) is requesting from the Hawaiʻi Community Development Authority (HCDA) an extension of five years, through 2029. This additional time is necessary for KS to attract guest developers to help us complete the vision for Our Kaka’ako. This is important considering the long timelines (generally 4 to 5+ years) associated with bringing a project from concept to fruition. The additional time will provide the necessary certainty to our guest developers that the entitlements will not change as they look to invest the large amounts of capital to move forward with these projects. Given the challenges of these uncertain times, projects like these will create numerous job opportunities and help Hawaiʻi’s economy recover.
Question 2: When do you anticipate that Increment II of the Kaiāʻulu ʻo Kakaʻako Master Plan will begin?
Answer 2: The first block of Increment II of the KKMP is anticipated to break ground as early as 2023.
Question 3: When do you anticipate the first residential project being completed, and on which block?
Answer 3: The first residential project within Increment II is anticipated to be completed in 2026. Kamehameha Schools is currently engaging multiple prospective guest developers. Once the guest developer(s) have been selected, we will be able to share an updated timeline identifying when development will begin on the 5 remaining blocks.
Question 4: How will adequate neighborhood parking be addressed?
Answer 4: Our Kaka‘ako is a unique walkable community and encourages the use of multimodal types of transportation. Projects will be required to provide sufficient parking that meets or exceeds HCDA requirements. We understand the additional need for parking and will be working to further develop our district-wide parking program with guest developers. District-wide parking allows individuals to park at one property while visiting shops, restaurants, and commercial spaces at other blocks within Our Kakaʻako. The combination of residential parking and the public district parking is expected to fulfill the demands for individual projects’ residential unit mix, as well as the parking requirements for the ground floor commercial spaces.
Question 5: What are anticipated price ranges for the affordable, workforce and market-priced units?
Answer 5: Pricing of the units are determined by our guest developers and not Kamehameha Schools. KS’ guest developers will manage the pricing and sales of the residential units within the KKMP. Our goal is to create a diverse community with homes for all income levels. Over 30% of the homes in Increment I are above the State’s minimum affordability target of 20%, and we anticipate continuing to meet or exceeding this target in Increment II. KS is anticipating that at least 2 of the remaining 5 blocks in Our Kakaʻako will be developed with affordable and/or workforce housing.
Question 6: Can the existing sewer infrastructure in Kaka'ako support this additional development?
Answer 6: Based on KS’ discussions with the City, the sewer infrastructure already in place is able to support the full build-out of the remaining blocks as per the KKMP. The sewer system was upgraded some time ago in anticipation of the redevelopment of the neighborhood and KS contributed several millions of dollars to these area upgrades. Prior to development of each of the blocks within the master plan area, our guest developers will need to reconfirm the availability of sufficient sewer capacity prior to commencement of construction.