Plans unveiled for new low-rise development in Kakaako

Rendering of 400 Keawe provided by Castle & Cooke Homes Hawaii and Kamehameha Schools.
Rendering of 400 Keawe provided by Castle & Cooke Homes Hawaii and Kamehameha Schools.

Another development proposal has been announced for Kakaako.

Castle & Cooke Homes Hawaii and Kamehameha School unveiled Wednesday plans for 400 Keawe. The mixed-use development and housing project would include 183 residential units, a shopping plaza and pedestrian pathway. It is considered a low-rise development, meaning buildings do not exceed 65 feet and residences would be built up to six stories.

The project will be located on the block bound by Auahi, Keawe and Pohukaina streets. On the makai end of the block, the Castle & Cooke project, 400 Keawe, will occupy 1.52-acres and include a 65-foot, six-story mixed-use building with 75 market priced and 20 workforce housing units in one- to three- bedroom floor plans ranging from the low $400,000s to mid $700,000s. The building will be wrapped with 10,000 square feet of commercial space that will be integrated with the liveable and walkable neighborhood.

“Our residential units at 400 Keawe will provide new home ownership opportunities for working professionals who want to live in urban Honolulu, close to downtown and the future rail transit line,” said Bruce Barrett, Executive Vice President of Castle & Cooke Homes Hawaii.

Kamehameha Schools is developing the remainder of the 2.81-acre block in workforce rentals. A 65-foot building comprised of four floors of residential rental units and three levels of parking is planned. The 88 residential units will include 40 studios, 16 one-bedroom units, 16 one-bedrooms plus den units, 8 two-bedroom units, and 8 three-bedroom units – all of which will be rented to middle-income workers and their families.

An existing two-story, 24,000-square foot building at 458 Keawe, formerly used by Alu Like, will be retained and used as commercial space.

The entire block will provide over 28,600 square feet of open areas accessible to the public that will feature a 14,500-square foot plaza, abundant bicycle parking, a doggie run, mid-block pedestrian passage and activated streetscapes. It will also serve as a public pathway to and from the future Honolulu rail transit station located one block away on Halekauwila Street. All open areas will be finished with specialty paving, landscaping that includes native species, and shaded by canopy trees.

Some opponents say the infrastructure is not able to handle another development.

This project has not yet gone before the Hawaii Community Development Authority. If approved, developers hope to break ground later this year with completion expected in 2016.

Related Links

  • For more information on 400 Keawe, click here.
  • For more information on Kamehameha Schools Kakaako master plan, click here.

Rendering of 400 Keawe provided by Castle & Cooke Homes Hawaii and Kamehameha Schools.
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