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by Duane Shinmogawa
July 9, 2015
The Howard Hughes Corp. and Kewalo Waterfront Partners Inc., a partnership between two Japanese firms, unveiled two separate plans Thursday for the land surrounding Honolulu’s Kewalo Basin Harbor, which included waterfront retail, restaurants and a live entertainment venue.
The proposals, which were presented at a special Hawaii Community Development Authority meeting that garnered a lot of interest from community members, included the Texas-based developer’s plans for all three parcels surrounding the harbor — the former McWayne Marine Supply site, the charter boat building site and the former National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration lot.
Kewalo Waterfront Partners, which includes Good Luck International Corp. and Hinamari Hawaii Inc., presented plans to renovate four buildings totaling 45,000 square feet at the former McWayne Marine Supply site.
Shaun Mukai, a partner with Honolulu-based McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP and part of the Kewalo Waterfront Partners team, said that its plan includes a permanent indoor farmer’s market, food halls, a chef’s club, a signature cafe, a beachside cafe, a multi-use venue that could host weddings, a live music venue, a sunset lounge, a public viewing dock, a lei stand, a community garden, a water feature and a parking structure.
Other team members of the project include Honolulu-based Design Partners, Aloha Consortium LLC, as the food and beverage consultant, Albert C. KobayashiInc. as the general contractor and Brett Hill Construction Inc. as the construction manager.
The Howard Hughes Corp. (NYSE: HHC) plan for the same lot includes an urban fishing village with fronting commercial retail space and village-like meandering pathways to connect to the makai waterfront promenade at the harbors edge while linking Kakaako Waterfront Park and Ala Moana Beach Park.
The developer’s plan for the parcel near Ala Moana Boulevard includes a mauka to makai connection called, “Lei of Green,” vehicular and pedestrian access with increased visual connectivity from Ala Moana Boulevard into the harbor to improve public vistas and connecting urban Honolulu’s shoreline open spaces, a new makai waterfront promenade that connects to its urban fishing village.
Near the ocean side of Kewalo Basin Harbor, the developer plans to build oceanfront commercial retail shops and new facilities for both the harbormaster and city ilfeguards.
The Howard Hughes team includes Honolulu-based WCIT Architecture, Bohlin Cywinkski Jackson, 505 Design, dtl, Land Design, The Hallstrom Group Inc. and Group 70 International.
The developer, which owns the 60-acre Ward Village across the street from Kewalo Basin Harbor, also secured the management contract for the harbor.