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Sig Zane partners with Ward Village in design project

From left: Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Brandy-Alia Serikaku, Sig Zane and Kuhaʻo Zane of Sig Zane. Photo via Pacific Business News

The Howard Hughes Corporation has announced a very exciting partnership with local art talent Sig Zane and his innovative, kind, and creative team.  Through this partnership, stories and history of the land Ward Village sits on will be told throughout the community.

Read more from Pacific Business News' story, below:

Hawaii artist Sig Zane will begin creating designs in Ward Village through a community design partnership.

Zane’s Hilo-based design-service company, Sig Zane Kaiao, will visually translate the story of Ward Village and its history through a series of patterns, logos and artwork that will be featured throughout the urban Honolulu neighborhood, according to a statement issued Thursday.

The partnership between the local artist and the 60-acre Honolulu community was formed through Ann Harakawa of Two Twelve and cultural expert Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, who has assisted with naming the residential towers in Ward Village.

The partnership will focus on incorporating the history of the land into a visual narrative of Ward Village.

"Our entire team has embraced the opportunity to learn about Ward Village and to play a part in what's being done to revitalize Honolulu's urban core,” Sig Zane said in a statement. “We look forward to creating a visual narrative for a community that truly embraces its history and culture."



Culture: Hawaiian Ae'o bird recently released

Photo courtesy of the Hawaii Wildlife Center

Did you know that the Howard Hughes Corporation named its new Ward Village Ae'o  project after a native species of the land upon which it will be built?  When the Ward family purchased the land in the 1970's, the land was known as the`ili of Kukuluae`o, a small area within a larger ahupua`a—a traditional subdivision of land. Known for its plentiful fishponds and salt pans, this resource-rich area sustained generations of native Hawaiians.  One of its native species was the Ae'o bird, or the Hawaiian stilt bird, which is considered today as endangered.

One of these endangered chicks has been rescued and raised by the Hawaii Wildlife Center in Kapaau, and is now ready to be released on Oahu.  Read more from KHON2's story, below:

A little endangered Hawaiian Stilt chick is all grown up and ready to be on its own after a seven-week stay at the Hawaii Wildlife Center in Kapaau.

The chick was rescued on Oahu and after an unsuccessful attempt to reunite it with its parents, it was decided that the young bird would need to be sent to HWC to be raised until it was old enough to be on its own.

The successful rescue and release was a team effort by the center, USDA Wildlife Services, Wheels for Wildlife volunteers, Feather and Fur Animal Hospital, and the Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW).

While at HWC, the chick was monitored using a remote camera system and staff took great care to prevent the stilt from becoming accustomed to humans. In addition to minimizing physical contact, staff used a mirror and photos of stilt habitat and Hawaiian Stilt adults in the incubator and aviary to provide some enrichment while the bird was under care.

The bird’s growth was documented through weekly pictures taken from intake until it was transferred to Oahu DOFAW staff for release Thursday.

This release of a Hawaiian Stilt (Ae‘o) is the latest in a busy release week for the center, including a Hawaiian Duck (Koloa Maoli), Wedge-tailed Shearwater (‘Ua‘u kani), and a White-tailed Tropicbird (Koa‘e kea), all from Oahu.


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Ward Village Kona Nui Nights

It was a pleasure to check out Ward Village's Kona Nui Nights event last night, Sunday, August 23, 2015. The always inspiring Kumu Hina emceed the event in both English and Hawaiian, and the guests enjoyed entertainment honoring the art of hula and live music. Howard Hughes' Senior Vice President of Development Nick Vanderboom also shared the intention of starting the event as a space to honor Kakaako's culture, and to test out events that may work in the future 4-acre park planned for the area.

Don't miss the next Kona Nui Nights on Wednesday, September 16!

Location: Ward Village Courtyard (1240 Ala Moana Blvd)

Time: 6pm-9pm

Cost: free and open to the public, includes food vendor, a cash bar, and limited seating.

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