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New Ala Moana Center food hall The Lanai to open October 2017 with 10 restaurants

Rendering provided by Ala Moana Center

Rendering provided by Ala Moana Center

The Lanai, Ala Moana Center’s new dining concept located in the former Shirokiya space on the mall’s second level, will open Oct. 27, 2017 featuring 10 new and established local eateries.

The dining hall will seat 450 and have indoor and outdoor options. It will sell breakfast, lunch, dinner and grab-and-go options. We are looking forward to this exciting new addition to the neighborhood!

Read more from KHON News, below:

Ala Moana Center is getting ready to open its newest dining area, and on Monday, we learned who will be inside.

Ten eateries will be featured in The Lanai @ Ala Moana when it officially opens on Oct. 27 in the former Shirokiya space on Mall Level 2.

The 18,000-square-foot space will offer seating for up to 450 customers with the option to sit in a dining hall or al fresco beneath festival lighting.

“As food halls continue to increase in popularity across the U.S., we look forward to unveiling Oahu’s newest communal dining concept in the Center’s Diamond Head Wing,” said Francis Cofran, senior general manager of Ala Moana Center. “The Lanai @ Ala Moana will have an artisanal and unique vibe where locals and visitors will be able to relax and explore an eclectic array of options, including popular local foodie favorites served alongside eateries new to Hawaii and one of Oahu’s first agave bars.”

The planned eateries are:

  • Agave & Vine: Hand-crafted cocktails, tequila, wine, and craft beers
  • Ahi & Vegetable: Fresh, high-quality tuna served in an assortment of sushi, sashimi, rolls, poke, and bentos with a side of salad or rice. Cooked foods include teriyaki chicken and beef, grilled fish (ahi and salmon), and more.
  • BRUG: A popular Japanese-style bakery and cafe from Hokkaido featuring artisan baked goods, soups, sandwiches, cold-brewed coffee, and jelly drinks.
  • Da Spot: Exotic food and smoothies.
  • HiTEA Cafe: This Maui-based eatery offers freshly prepared stir-fry dishes with a mix of shrimp, meat, and vegetables, along with fresh fruit juices, smoothies, and tea.
  • Ike’s Place: New to Hawaii, this San Francisco eatery is known for made-to-order sandwich options ranging from turkey to mozzarella sticks or jalapeño poppers topped with the brand’s famous “dirty sauce.”
  • Mahaloha Burger: This locally inspired menu features 100-percent free-range beef from Hawaii island, a variety of sides including sweet potato, onion rings, french fries, and tater tots, and shakes.
  • Sobaya: An authentic Japanese noodle house that specializes in soba (buckwheat), udon, and ramen noodles in soup with a variety of toppings, including popular tempura options.
  • Teppanyaki Farmer: An open kitchen concept where customers can watch their meal being prepared with locally available, farm-fresh products.
  • Uncle Clay’s House of Pure Aloha: All-natural Hawaiian shave ice and locally made ice cream.



Development to Watch: Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) centers on Ala Moana

Photo: Prospac Holdings Group, Inc.

Photo: Prospac Holdings Group, Inc.

With development in Kakaako in full swing, Ala Moana is the next development area to watch.  The City and County of Honolulu's Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Plans set forth land use and policy guidelines for the desired development in neighborhoods affected by the future Honolulu Rail project.  The Interim Planned Development Permit (IPDT) provides developers the opportunities for creative, catalytic redevelopment projects within the rail corridor before each station area is brought into the TOD special districts. Five IPDT permits have been submitted in the Ala Moana thus far, with the latest coming from ProsPac Holdings, Inc. regarding their project on Keeaumoku Street, perpendicular to Kapiolani Boulevard.

Kapiolani Boulevard is one of the busiest roads in Honolulu, and there are many development opportunities there to be had. With its convenient location near the Hawaii Convention Center, Ala Moana Center, and many amenities nearby, it will be a development area to watch closely in the next few years.

This article is authored by Janis Magin and originally appeared in Pacific Business News.

A 400-unit mixed-use condominium project planned for a site across from the Walmart store on Keeaumoku Street has filed an application to build the project under the City and County of Honolulu’s transit-oriented-development zoning regulations.

ProsPac Holdings Inc. is the fifth developer to submit an application for an interim planned development-transit permit in the area around Ala Moana Center, one of eight transit-oriented development zones established along the Honolulu rail project’s 20-mile route, each covering two or three of the 21 stations.

ProsPac Holdings plans to use TOD zoning for its mixed-use project on Keeaumoku Street.

One of the goals of TOD is to make communities more pedestrian friendly while adding more housing and encouraging the use of public transportation.

While three of the eight plans — Waipahu, Aiea-Pearl City and Kalihi — have been adopted by the Honolulu City Council, the Ala Moana area has seen the most activity and the only applications for zoning, even though the council is still considering the plan.

Since the plan has not been adopted, developers such as ProsPac Holdings are using the interim planned development-transit permit as a vehicle to propose transit-oriented development, or TOD, plans for lots of 20,000 square feet or more, said Harrison Rue, community building and transit-oriented development administrator with the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Planning and Permitting.

“That allows them to negotiate with council for flexible zoning very similar to what’s in the draft zoning that hasn’t been adopted yet,” Rue told Pacific Business News.

What TOD gives those developers is additional height, up to 400 feet, and additional density under TOD zoning, he said.

The four other projects that have submitted applications are all mixed-use towers — Salem Partners’ Manaolana Place and 1500 Kapiolani hotel-condominium projects, Hawaii City Plaza on Sheridan Street and the Hawaii Ocean Plaza hotel-condo, planned for three parcels next to the Kenrock Building on Kapiolani Boulevard.

While most see TOD as an outgrowth of the rail transit project, Rue notes that the plans have been in the works for some 10 years. TOD is a long-term effort that requires community involvement and multiple public meetings over several years.

Planning began in Waipahu in 2007, but the area has yet to see any applications from developers, who are waiting to see what the City Council does on two affordable bills, Rue said.

Gail Jennings, the project lead for the transit-oriented development group at Colliers International Hawaii, said Waipahu is ideal for TOD because there is a lot of activity on the streets — and creating an active streetscape with retail, office, medical or wellness uses at the street level is at the heart of TOD zoning.

“There’s a reason that Kapiolani is attractive and the Ala Moana area is attractive. The scale of the development you can do will pencil out,” Jennings said. “In a place like Waipahu, it isn’t appropriate to have 200-foot buildings there.”

Jennings noted that the Waipahu Depot area is “an ideal walkable neighborhood” that has redevelopment potential. The TOD plan will add mixed-use zoning to areas that are currently zoned for industrial or apartments, which can add housing and retail to the mix.

Rue said there has been a “surprising amount of interest but no real deals from some smaller developers.”

“It takes time to get all the parties together and working cooperatively to create a cohesive neighborhood,” Jennings said. “You need a holistic approach.”

In the Aiea-Pearl City zone, multi-family investors have been buying property near the area where the Pearlridge station will be built, Jennings said.

“Our biggest hope is that the city’s commitment to doing public-private partnerships is carried through to the station there,” she said. A developer on a long-term ground lease could add retail, office or affordable housing near or on top of the station “and it could generate good revenue for the city.”

Closer to downtown, the Iwilei-Kapalama plan, which includes the redevelopment of the Mayor Wright Homes public housing project, envisions adding 3,670 units of housing in the first 10 years, with another 4,050 units in the five years after that.



Condo developer no longer pursuing long-delayed project

Courtesy of MB Acquisitions

OliverMcMillan, the developer of the recently completed Symphony Honolulu, has decided not to join the development team working on the mixed-use Aloha Kai project on the corner of Atkinson and Ala Moana, right across the street from Ala Moana Hotel where our Jack Tyrrell and Company, Inc. offices are located.  However, its developer, MB Property Acquisitions LLC will still be moving forward with the project, which houses the YMCA on its ground floor.

Read more from Pacific Business News, below:

San Diego-based developer OliverMcMillan, which developed a couple of Honolulu mixed-use high-rise projects, won’t be developing another one at the site of the YMCA of Honolulu Central Branch across from Ala Moana Center, the developer of the project confirmed to Pacific Business News.

California-based MB Property Acquisitions LLC has partnered with the Japanese firm Tama Home on the long-planned 37-story, 117-unit Aloha Kai development on Atkinson Drive.

OliverMcMillan was in negotiations to join the team to build the project. But Michael Blumenthal, president of MB Property, told PBN on Thursday that OliverMcMillan has “stepped to the side.”

“The project is still happening,” he said. “We’re in discussions with the YMCA in regards to the project. Our intention is to develop the condo tower and most likely the YMCA.”

Blumenthal said negotiations have been slow, and that the project may include more affordable units and market-rate units that would adapt to today’s pricing.

Construction on the project could start by early next year.

The project will include a new three-story, 30,000-square-foot YMCA Central Branch with no residential units, a swimming pool and a sophisticated aqua facility that will cater to seniors. It will also have five levels of parking with units being built atop those levels.

Aloha Kai encountered a delay after the developer asked for a zoning change to increase its height limit to 350 feet from 150 feet.

The project will encompass about 150,000 square feet of net saleable square footage with four units per floor and a boutique-like, private feel, according to Blumenthal.

Pricing is still being determined, although he said it is probably going to be around $1,400 per square foot, meaning that a one-bedroom unit of roughly 600 square feet unit would be priced around $840,000.

Aloha Kai also will have a rooftop pool, and all units will include lanais that overlook the ocean. There will be no commercial units in the project.

The condo portion of the project is expected to be completed in about two years.

PBN reached out to OliverMcMillan for comment.



Honolulu's next Target store plants to open at Ala Moana Center

Target in Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii. Photo via Pacific Business News.

Target in Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii. Photo via Pacific Business News.

Target has planned to open its seventh store in the state at Ala Moana Shopping Center.  It will occupy the former Nordstrom space on Kapiolani Boulevard.  Target will bring even more convenience and options to the neighborhood!  Read more in Pacific Business News' exclusive story, below:

Target is planning to open its seventh store in Hawaii at the Ala Moana Center in Honolulu in a space previously occupied by a Nordstrom store, Pacific Business News has learned.

The Minnesota-based big-box retail chain applied for a $2 million building permit this week with the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Planning and Permitting for space 2401 at the Ala Moana Center.

Saks Fifth Avenue is opening a Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th store in a 41,000-square-foot space in the ground floor of the former Nordstrom store along Kapiolani Boulevard. That store is scheduled to open next spring. Some of the ground-floor space will being divided into small retail stores.

Sources tell PBN that Target will take up nearly 80,000 square feet on the second and third floors of the former Nordstrom store, which moved to the state’s largest mall’s new Ewa wing.

Demolition work related to the development of the new Target store is scheduled to start in November, according to sources.

Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT) currently has stores in Kailua in Windward Oahu, Salt Lake in Honolulu, Kapolei in West Oahu, Kahului on Maui, and Kailua-Kona and Hilo, both on the Big Island

After breaking the news regarding Nordstrom’s move to the other side of the Ala Moana Center, sources told PBN that Target would be opening in the Nordstrom space.

Target also has a 32,537-square-foot warehouse on Oahu that serves as a central distribution warehouse for all of its stores in the state.

Target will join Ross Dress for Less, another big-box retailer, at Ala Moana Center. Ross has signed a lease for a location between Old Navy and Saint-Germain Bakery in the mall’s old Ewa wing. About a block away there are other well-known retailers including Walmart, another Ross store and the state’s flagship Walgreens store.

A spokeswoman for the Ala Moana Center told PBN that she was unable to comment at this time.

PBN reached out to Target for comment on Thursday.



Ala Moana Center Ewa Wing sneak peek!

Last week, Pacific Business News gave us a sneak peek into what the new Ewa Wing at Ala Moana Center will look like. Construction is moving along, and the Center is set debut its new wing on schedule on November 12. For more information and photos, read Darin Moriki's article below:

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With less than a month left before Ala Moana Center takes down the construction barriers for its estimated $573 million Ewa Wing expansion, representatives from Hawaii's largest regional shopping mall say they are moving swiftly to deliver on their promises.

A lot has changed in the more than two months since PBN and other media outlets were taken on a guided tour of the newly reconfigured and reconstructed retail wing. The storefronts for some new tenants, like Kate Spade New York, are almost complete, and most of the complex's aesthetic elements, including the wooden ceiling panels, light fixtures, and landscaping have been built out.

Workers prepare to put up the letters for the new Bloomingdale's signage

The entire three-level retail wing — built on the site of the former Sears store — along with the nine-level, 4,500-space parking structure near Longs Drugs, will open on Nov. 12, two weeks before Thanksgiving and Black Friday, the official start of the holiday shopping season. Ala Moana Center spokesmanScott Creel said 39 retailers and restaurants will open at that time, with the remaining tenants opening at later dates.

Chicago-based General Growth Properties (NYSE: GGP), the mall's majority owner, has said the total cost of the project is $573 million.

In all, the mall will have 11,000 parking stalls, including about 2,500 parking stalls that were reconfigured to accommodate full-sized vehicles, once the Ewa wing and the adjacent nine-level mauka Ewa parking structure is open.

New mall retailers moving into the new Ewa Wing include: Aesop; Agent Provocateur; Aqua Blu; BOSS Hugo Boss; David Yurman; Desigual; Gloria Jean’s Coffees; Island Slipper; Ivivva; Kay Jewelers; Kids Foot Locker; Laline; Lorna Jane Active Living; Magnolia Bakery; Malie Organics; Ninja Sushi; Nitrogenie; Pierre Marcolini; Planet Blue; SwimSpot; Ted Baker London; The Art of Shaving; and The North Face.

Spanish clothing and accessories retailer Zara will open its Ewa store in December, while Café Lani Hawaii, MTOC, and Tempura Ichidai will open in early 2016.

Existing Ala Moana Center tenants that are moving into the new Ewa Wing are: Ben Bridge Timeworks; Coach; Diesel; Escada; Jamba Juice; Kate Spade New York; La Perla; Lululemon Athletica; Rimowa; St. John; Starbucks; Sunglass Hut; Tory Burch; and True Religion Brand Jeans.

French luxury goods retailer Hermes will open its new Ewa Wing store in fall 2016, while Folli Follie and JTB's Oli Oli Station will make their moves into the new Ewa Wing by spring 2016.



Neighborhood news: Shirokiya to debut Japan Village Walk area in Ala Moana Center's new Ewa Wing in Hawaii

Photo courtesy of Shirokiya Inc.

Shirokiya Inc. is the latest to unveil plans for a new project in Ala Moana Center's new Ewa wing! Read more about it from Pacific Business News' Darin Moriki (August 19, 2015).

The Shirokiya department store in Ala Moana Center has unveiled plans to open a $35 million retail, restaurant and entertainment area next year in the regional shopping mall’s newly redeveloped Ewa Wing.

"Our mission is to introduce various Japanese food selections, Japanese traditional culture, and the spirit of Japanese hospitality (omotenashi), from Hawaii to the world,” Shirokiya Holdings Inc. project coordinator Daisuke Mori said in a statement on Wednesday.

The company said its goal is to create a traditional Japanese town reminiscent of old Kyoto, which served as the capital of Japan for nearly a thousand years before that function was moved to Tokyo.

As it is currently proposed, the 55,241-square-foot Japan Village Walk area, located on the ground level of the Ewa Wing, will be leased for 25 years and feature 60 different stores within four main themes. That portion of the Ewa Wing is slated to open on June 1, 2016.

Among them is a 800-seat Yataimura food court and beer garden that will feature five beer service counters and resemble depachika food market areas in the basements of well-known Japanese department stores, such as Mitsukoshi, Daimaru, Matsuya and Isetan.

The Japan Village Walk area will also include a Nippon Komachi shopping alley, where regional Japanese traditional crafts will be sold along walkways designed to replicate shopping alleys in old Kyoto, and a Omatsuri Hiroba festival and event square, where festivals and events will be held three times each month.

The complex will also feature a Guardian Spirit Sanctuary, where statues of the 12 animals in the Japanese zodiac will be displayed.

Vintage Cave Honolulu Manager Miho Sato said the members-only fine dining restaurant and wine cellar owned by Shirokiya owner Takeshi Sekiguchi does not have any plans at this time to relocate.

The entire three-level Ewa wing, which was built on the site of the former Sears store, along with the nine-level, 4,500-space parking structure near Longs Drugs, will open on Nov. 12, two weeks before Thanksgiving and Black Friday, the official start of the holiday shopping season.

The new wing will accommodate no more than 10 stores on the street level of the mall, 27 on the mall level and 24 on the upper level. In all, about 40 of the 60 stores will be open in November.

Chicago-based General Growth Properties, the mall's majority owner, has said the total cost of the project is $573 million.