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Ward Village News: Howard Hughes Corp.'s Hawaii projects take top honors at PCBC

Photo: Jack Tyrrell and Company, Inc.

Photo: Jack Tyrrell and Company, Inc.

The Howard Hughes Corporation took home four top awards and three awards of merit at the PCBC 2018, formerly known as Pacific Coast Builder Conference, for its Ward Village development in Kakaako, Honolulu. Top awards are in bold, below. For over 59 years, PCBC has been dedicated to advancing the art, science and business of housing. PCBC is the largest homebuilding tradeshow representing the west coast region. Read more from the Pacific Business News below, here: 

The Howard Hughes Corp.’s Ward Village project in Honolulu recently took home four top awards, including masterplan community of the year, and three awards of merit at the largest homebuilding trade show on the West Coast, while two other Hawaii projects, Keauhou Place and Keauhou Lane, were recognized with awards of merit in two categories.

Ward Village received one of two grand awards for the masterplan community of the year from the Golden Nugget Awards at the annual PCBC conference, formerly known as the Pacific Coast Builders Conference, in San Francisco last week. Esencia in Rancho Mission Viejo, California, also received the grand award for masterplan community of the year.

Ward Village was also honored with a grand award for best indoor/outdoor lifestyle for a community – urban, while the The Howard Hughes Corps.’s (NYSE: HHC) first completed tower, Waiea, received the grand award for best multi-family housing community with 100 units per acre or more, and its fifth planned tower, Aalii, was honored with the grand award for best innovative housing design.

Receiving awards of merit were the developer’s South Shore Market at Ward Village for best commercial project - 20,000 square feet and over, the Ke Kilohana mixed-used tower for best on-the-boards multifamily community and the grand penthouse in Waiea for best indoor/outdoor lifestyle for a home.

“We are honored to be recognized among our industry peers and grateful for our passionate team at Ward Village, which is creating one of the most sought after communities in the country — with almost 96 percent of total units closed or under contract to date,” Simon Treacy, president of The Howard Hughes Corp.’s Hawaii operations, said in a statement. “As we continue to build on the legacy of Victoria Ward who envisioned this land to be a gathering place for everyone, we realize that we have this unique privilege to create a thoughtful neighborhood — one that is not only grounded in its past, but also has an eye to the future and is a place for all.”

Meanwhile, the Keauhou Place condominium project, which was developed by Stanford Carr Development and completed last fall, received an award of merit for best affordable housing community of 100 units or more, while Keauhou Lane, an affordable rental project next door developed by Gerding Edlen, received an award of merit for best multi-family community of the year.

This year’s Golden Nugget awards recognized more Hawaii projects than the past several years. Ward Village won the grand award for best on-the-boards mixed-use project at the 2017 conference, while Forest City Hawaii’s Kapolei Lofts won best affordable housing community with less than 30 units per acre in 2016.

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Howard Hughes breaks ground on Ward Village Central Plaza

Source: Dennis Oda, Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Source: Dennis Oda, Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Last week, the Howard Hughes Corporation broke ground for its "Dynamic open green space", a central plaza on Auahi Street in Kakaako. The public park will support the entire Ward Village development, including Waiea, Anaha, and the upcoming Aeo, Gateway Towers, and Aaalii. The 1.5-acre site is slated to be complete by January 2019. It will surely be a welcome addition to the community, especially as more residents move into the area. Across the street, at Ala Moana Beach Park, the City and County of Honolulu has banned dogs, so we are grateful to hear that Howard Hughes will be providing an alternative space for Kakaako residents to enjoy the outdoors!

Read more from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, below:

Hawaii real estate developers usually hold ground- blessing and groundbreaking ceremonies for buildings that will replace open spaces. On Tuesday in Kakaako the opposite happened.

Representatives of Howard Hughes Corp. gathered on a parcel of land, housing the razed remains of warehouse buildings, and announced the start of work to turn the roughly 1.5-acre site into a great public lawn, slated to be completed in January.

Representatives of the Ward Village developer used Hawaiian digging sticks, or oo, to disturb a pulverized pile of asphalt, a move symbolic of starting work on what it envisions will be the first half of a 3-acre central public plaza. The plaza is part of the developer’s 65-acre master-planned community, which also includes up to 4,300 homes — mainly in condominium towers — plus 1 million square feet of retail space.

“We’re really going to make this come to life,” said Todd Apo, vice president of community development for the Texas-based company. “It’s really going to be something amazing.”

More elaborate elements of the plaza, such as water features, shade pavilions and walking paths, won’t be put in place for at least the next few years. Initially the 1.5-acre portion of the plaza will be a grassy area with some trees and landscaping plants. Hughes Corp. plans to use it for events — such as outdoor movies and yoga classes — that are currently held in a courtyard in the nearby IBM Building headquarters, also on Ward Village land.

The board of the Hawaii Community Development Authority, which regulates development in Kakaako, had ordered Howard Hughes Corp. to complete the initial 1.5-acre portion of the plaza by January 2019 as a condition of approving what the developer expects will be its fifth tower in the area, ‘A‘ali‘i.

Howard Hughes Corp. had objected to the condition last year, saying it would be impossible to complete its grand plaza as originally designed by the deadline.

“The (deadline) is impossible to accomplish under any realistic scenario and would allow only for the demolition of buildings and the clearing of the area for temporary open space, with no features or amenities that enhance the experience for the community,” the developer said in its objection filed by attorneys with local law firm Watanabe Ing LLP. “Surely, it could not have been the intent of HCDA to obtain a central plaza that is simply a grassed area.”

HCDA’s board voted for the condition in part because the company had indicated the plaza would be part of Ward Village’s first phase.

At the time, all permitted or completed projects at Ward Village represented 44 percent of building density allowed under Hughes Corp.’s master plan. To date, two towers have been completed, two are under construction and three are permitted but not yet under construction. Recently, Howard Hughes Corp. announced its plan for an eighth tower, Ko‘ula, which along with ‘A‘ali‘i would be on the Diamond Head side of the 1.5-acre lawn and future central plaza.

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Ward Village condo sales aid developer’s profit, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Photo: Property of Jack Tyrrell & Company

Photo: Property of Jack Tyrrell & Company

Howard Hughes Corporation has reported that it has sold 93%, or 1,286 of 1,381 condo units, across its Waiea, Anaha, Aeo, and Ke Kilohana condominium projects in Ward Village. The update was a part of the company's Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2017 results, released on Monday, February 26, 2018. Investors and the public can read the financial report on their website here.

With 93% of condos already sold, inventory is tight. However, we currently have three beautiful units at Waiea and eight in Anaha. Plus, there are still great available units in Aeo and Ke Kilohana. Please contact me to learn more!

Read the full Star Advertiser report, below:

The Texas-based developer of Ward Village signed 55 more sale contracts for condominiums in its Ae‘o tower in the fourth quarter, bringing total sales to 91 percent of the project scheduled for completion by the end of this year.

Howard Hughes Corp. gave the sales update Monday as part of announcing its financial results for the last three months of 2017.

The company also said that in the recent quarter it sold two condos in its recently finished Anaha tower, two units at its Ke Kilohana tower that is on pace for completion next year, and no units at its Waiea tower that opened at the end of 2016.

Total revenue recognized from Ward Village condo sales in the fourth quarter was $122 million, which compared with $123 million in the same quarter the year before.

Hughes Corp. “recognizes” revenue from condo sales for accounting purposes even though buyers have not completed their purchases, as allowed under federal tax regulations that permit developers to count a certain percentage of revenue in reflection of how much construction of a tower is completed.

For all of last year, Hughes Corp. recognized $464 million in revenue from Ward Village condo sales, compared with $486 million the year before.

At Waiea, 165 of 174 condos have been sold, or 95 percent of the “ultra-luxury” tower where the average unit price is $3.6 million.

At Anaha, 309 of 317 condos have been sold, or 98 percent of the luxury building where unit prices average $1.2 million.

Ke Kilohana is 92 percent sold, with 390 of 424 units under contract in the “workforce housing” tower where most units are priced between roughly $300,000 and $600,000.

The 55 additional sales at Ae‘o bring pending sales in the upscale tower to 422 out of 466 units priced at $1 million on average.

Overall, Hughes Corp. has sold 1,286 of 1,381 condo units in the four towers, or 93 percent of the total.

Besides Ward Village, Hughes Corp. is developing several master-planned communities and large commercial real estate projects on the mainland. The company said it earned $147 million in the fourth quarter on $301 million of revenue, up from a $44 million profit on $279 million of revenue in the same quarter the prior year. Profit for all of last year was $167 million on $1.1 billion of revenue, down from $202 million on $1 billion of revenue in 2016.

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Howard Hughes hires BlackRock exec to oversee Hawaii development

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HONOLULU--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE: HHC) announced today that Simon Treacy has joined the company as President, Hawai’i. In this position, Mr. Treacy will be leading the development, sales and operations of Ward Village®, the acclaimed 60-acre master planned community recently named “Best Planned Community in the US” by Architectural Digest. Since beginning sales in 2014, Ward Village has sold more than 1,300 homes. At full build-out, the community will consist of more than 4,500 residences and approximately one million square feet of retail space.

Mr. Treacy has 20 years of global real estate experience across Asia, Europe and the US. He has lived in Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, and China, and spent the past four years in New York as BlackRock Real Estate’s Managing Director, Global Chief Investment Officer and Head of US Equity. Prior to BlackRock, Mr. Treacy was a Founding Shareholder and Global CEO of MGPA, which was acquired by BlackRock in 2013, and had $14 billion of funds under management in Asia and Europe. Mr. Treacy is also a global governing trustee in ULI and a leader in urban planning and land use.

“With his long and successful track record in real estate and urban planning, Simon is a tremendous addition to our senior team and well positioned to steer Ward Village as it continues to come to life as one of the leading urban master plans in the world,” said David R. Weinreb, Chief Executive Officer of The Howard Hughes Corporation. “I am particularly pleased to have found a dynamic executive like Simon, who already calls Honolulu home, and who brings a variety of skill sets and experiences that can complement our existing deep bench of talent at Ward Village.”

“My family and I made the decision to move from the mainland to this beautiful and special place last year for personal reasons; I am excited that the opportunity presented itself to join this dynamic company which is transforming Oahu’s urban core,” said Simon Treacy. “I am looking forward to listening, learning, and finding the right ways to be of service in the community as I share my experiences and lead the continued development of Ward Village.”

Mr. Treacy is taking the helm at Ward Village as the community celebrates several recent milestones, including the successful delivery of Anaha®—the second mixed-use residential building in the community. Ward Village has also reached a near sellout of the first collection of homes from its four towers either delivered or under construction—Waiea®AnahaAe`o®, and Ke Kilohana—whose contracted sales have collectively exceeded 93 percent of available homes. Most recently, the launch of sales at ‘A‘ali‘iexpanded the selection of residences at Ward Village with the introduction of innovative smart-living homes. The strong market demand for new housing in Honolulu and the desire for an urban, walkable lifestyle have made Ward Village a sought-after destination for home buyers. The momentum is expected to continue to build throughout the coming years; openings slated for 2018 include the state’s largest Whole Foods Market, as well as the first O’ahu location of the acclaimed restaurant Merriman’s.

As the largest LEED-ND Platinum certified master plan development in the country and the only one in Hawaiʻi, Ward Village is at the forefront of sustainable community development, featuring public amenities at a scale not offered by any other urban development in the state.

About Ward Village®

Being developed by The Howard Hughes Corporation®, Ward Village is a 60-acre coastal master-planned community in the heart of Honolulu located between downtown and Waikīkī in the Kaka'ako district. Ward Village is at the forefront of sustainable community development, integrating significant architecture, local culture, and public space. New tree-lined sidewalks and bike lanes provide access to an over 100-acre public beach park and the Kewalo Harbor. Since beginning sales in 2014, Ward Village has sold more than 1,300 homes. At full build-out, the community will consist of more than 4,500 residences and approximately one million square feet of retail space.

Ward Village includes four mixed-use residential towers—Waiea®, Anaha®, Ae`o®, and Ke Kilohana—that are transforming the popular shopping and dining district into a vibrant neighborhood that offers ocean views and a thoughtfully curated mix of retail experiences set among walkable open spaces. The most recently approved building, ‘A‘ali‘i, will continue to expand the selection of new homes at Ward Village and sit at the top of the Central Plaza, which will serve as a key public gathering and activation space for the community. Art and culture play an integral role at Ward Village, which was the home of the inaugural Honolulu Biennial in 2017. Public art is highlighted throughout the neighborhood, including large-scale wall murals, sculptures and locally-inspired exhibits.

Ward Village is Hawai‘i’s only LEED-ND Platinum-Certified project and is the largest neighborhood development in the country to receive such a prestigious certification. For more information, visit www.wardvillage.com.

About The Howard Hughes Corporation®

The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Its award-winning assets include the country’s preeminent portfolio of master planned communities, as well operating properties and development opportunities including: The Seaport District NYC in New York; Columbia, Maryland; The Woodlands®, The Woodlands Hills, and Bridgeland® in the Greater Houston, Texas area; Summerlin®, Las Vegas; and Ward Village® in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. The Howard Hughes Corporation’s portfolio is strategically positioned to meet and accelerate development based on market demand, resulting in one of the strongest real estate platforms in the country. Dedicated to innovative placemaking, the company is recognized for its ongoing commitment to design excellence and to the cultural life of its communities. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC. For additional information visit www.howardhughes.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

Statements made in this press release that are not historical facts, including statements accompanied by words such as “will,” “believe,” “expect,” “enables,” “realize,” “plan,” “intend,” “assume,” “transform” and other words of similar expression, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management’s expectations, estimates, assumptions, and projections as of the date of this release and are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in these statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are set forth as risk factors in The Howard Hughes Corporation’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Quarterly and Annual Reports. The Howard Hughes Corporation cautions you not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this release. The Howard Hughes Corporation does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect future events, information or circumstances that arise after the date of this release.

Contacts

The Howard Hughes Corporation
Cristina Carlson, 646-822-6910
VP, Corporate Communications and Public Relations
cristina.carlson@howardhughes.com
or

For HHC Investor Relations
David O’Reilly, 214-741-7744
Chief Financial Officer
david.o'reilly@howardhughes.com

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President Bill Clinton dines at Nobu in Waiea, visits Hokulea

Photo property of @angelurena, Press Secretary

Photo property of @angelurena, Press Secretary

Buzz has surrounded former President Bill Clinton's visit to Oahu. He served as the keynote speaker at the Global Ball Conference, a gathering of worldwide employees of Flight Centre Travel Group. He also made time to visit with the Polynesian Voyaging Society and meet with five of its staffers, including Master Navigator Nainoa Thompson. He toured the Hokulea, which returned to Hawaii last month after completing a three-year journey around the globe.

He even time to make a stop in the Ward Village neighborhood, dining at world-famous Nobu on the bottom floor of Waiea luxury condo tower. On Saturday night, local resident and reporter Duane Shimogawa reported spotting President Clinton dining with Governor John Waihee and his wife. 

Hawaii News Now reports on Shimogawa's account, below:

The 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, was seen on Oahu this weekend giving a speech, dining at a presidential favorite spot, and touring the Hokulea.
The former commander-in-chief first addressed a crowd of about 3,000 people at UH Manoa's Stan Sheriff Center Saturday. Clinton was the keynote speaker of the Global Ball Conference, a gathering of worldwide employees of Flight Centre Travel Group. Clinton's speech reportedly lasted nearly two and a half hours long. 

Later in the evening, Clinton was spotted dining at Nobu in the Ward area with former governor John Waihee and his wife. 

"I heard his unmistakable voice when he walked in and then when I turned to see him, whatta you know, it's President Clinton," restaurant customer Duane Shimogawa told Hawaii News Now via text. 

Nobu is a favorite eatery of another former president, Barack Obama, who has dined at the restaurant both in and out of office during his trips to Hawaii.

Clinton was at the restaurant for a few hours with a light presence of Secret Service agents. Wife Hillary and daughter Chelsea were not in attendance. 

Restaurant employees tell Hawaii News Now Clinton ordered an array of food that includes menu items yellow tail jalapeno, sashimi salad, black cod, beef tobenyaki and shrimp tempura. 

As far as attire goes, former President Clinton reportedly wore an aloha shirt under his coat.

Shimogawa said he seemed "very happy" as he talked with several people, and paused for a photo with at least one man.

On Sunday, the Polynesian Voyaging Society confirmed Clinton toured the Hokulea with five of his staffers, and Waihee. PVS said it was Waihee's suggestion for Clinton to tour the respected wa'a.

It's unclear how long the former president will be in the islands.   

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Hollywood's Hot Hawaiian Getaways: An Island-by-Island Guide

Photo: Ward Village, Howard Hughes Corporation

Photo: Ward Village, Howard Hughes Corporation

The Hollywood Reporter published an island-by-island guide on some of the most luxurious experiences A-listers flock to when they visit the Hawaiian islands. From adventure experiences like zip-lining to outdoor beach activities to the most luxurious accommodations, the article is a short, succinct list of must-sees. Featured in the article is Ward Village's Waiea 36th-Floor Penthouse:

In Honolulu's Ward Village community, a new 36th-floor penthouse is on the market for $36 million and boasts more than 10,000 square feet of interiors and a private rooftop infinity pool. Owners can order room service from Nobu Honolulu on the ground floor. "A lot of my clients or their money managers are inquiring," says Burns. "The pool pours over the top of the building — going in it is nuts."

Ward Village continues to get international and national attention and press, and for good reason. With its prime location in urban Honolulu and within dynamic Ward Village, Waiea continues to be one of my favorite real estate investments in Honolulu right now.

Regarding the island of Oahu, the article adds,

Barack Obama's childhood home and the occasional residence of Brian Grazer and Dwayne Johnson — also has hosted Iger, Will Smith, Emma Stone, Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake. The Pacific Beach Hotel's $115 million reimagining is transforming the iconic Waikiki Beach property into Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach (the presidential suite costs $979 a night) for a fall opening and will feature a pair of restaurants from Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto.

The Ritz Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach claims the only four-bedroom suite in Waikiki (up to $12,000 a night) and the exclusive 10-seat omakase restaurant by Tokyo’s acclaimed sushi chef Keiji Nakazawa ($300/person excluding beverages). “Old Hollywood loves that Waikiki/Kahala area because you wake up and see Diamond Head as your backdrop — that postcard view in front of your windows every day,” says Burns.

The Obamas and Zuckerberg have checked out Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club (room rates go up to $500), which recently opened and has "a lot of experiential takeaways," such as a music series, says Christian Schulz, co-founder of L.A. design firm Studio Collective (projects include The Bungalow Santa Monica). After the former POTUS and FLOTUS dined at its Mahina & Sun's restaurant from acclaimed chef Ed Kenney and ordered a Grey Goose martini — shaken with extra olives — the Presidential Martini ($14) was added to the menu.

The 2016 opening of Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina brought attention to the west side of the island, which marketing director Nelson Hilton says is gaining prominence in the film industry, with Marvel filming down the road at the old Naval airport Kalaeloa. The Snatched crew, including Amy Schumer, enjoyed the pool and private sections during shooting. Hilton admits that Kourtney Kardashian's spring visit challenged discretion: "It's obvious when you have bodyguards surrounding you." The reality star stayed in the 17th floor's three-bedroom penthouse suite ($18,000 a night), where, from the roof, one can watch whales jumping.

Enjoying a surge is the North Shore, a sleepy surf town known for having some of the best swells on the planet and where sports stars and tech players are buying oceanfront estates for $3 million to $15 million. “I find a lot of our friends in the entertainment industry are drawn to the North Shore," with its "horses on the side of the road, acres of lush grass, rolling hillsides and crystal clear blue water with shell-lined shores,” says Oleema Miller, creative director and co-founder of MIKOH, which Jessica Alba wears on her Hawaiian vacations. Celine, Chanel and numerous restaurants are just one hour away in Waikiki, but she’s usually on the sand at Ehukai: “The stretch of beach is incredible — houses from Ke Iki beach to Sunset Beach are all stunning.” 

A popular elite venue for weddings, wellness retreats and private dinners is Sunset Ranch Hawaii, which has hosted several films, castmembers from Hawaii Five-0, Jack Johnson and most recently Hailey Baldwin. With its helipad, the 27-acre property gets guests making the hop from other islands.

Burns has rented to Bradley Cooper (Aloha); rentals now hit $10,000 a night. Grazer surfs the Banzai Pipeline, and Hawaii Five-O's Scott Caan grabs takeout with his family at Waialua Bakery or Storto's Deli for a beach day, which includes a visit to the tide pools at Shark's Cove and drinks at Haleiwa Joe's — "the jam," says Caan. He also likes Pupukea Grill for "some of the best food on the island." For cold coconuts and local treats, stop at the fruit stands at Kahuku; insiders also adore Hamachi Ponzu at Banzai Sushi and Elephant Thai, a food truck across from Shark's Cove. Payne's favorite lunch in Hawaii is the all-you-can-eat vegetarian buffet at ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple near Honolulu. "It's exquisitely clean food in a tranquil spot," the director says. "A friend turned me on to it."

Read the full article on the Hollywood Reporter here.

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More homes sold on Oahu in May — and faster, Locations says

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Pacific Business News reported on May's real estate sales statistics.  Highlights for us include the increase in the median price of a condo compared to May 2016, and a 12% increase in condos sold in May 2017 over May 2016.  Read more below:

Sales of single-family homes and condominiums on Oahu rose by double digits in May, as prices posted single-digit gains, according to statistics release Monday by Honolulu real estate firm Locations.

There were 376 single-family homes sold last month, a 12 percent increase from 335 homes sold in May 2016, Locations said. The median price of a single-family home in May was $750,000, which was 4 percent higher than the median price a year ago, which was $719,000.

The median price of a condominium last month was $407,000, which was 9 percent higher than the median price in May 2016, which was $375,000. Condo sales rose by 12 percent in May to 545 units sold, from 488 units sold during the same month a year ago, Locations said.

Locations noted that the number of homes on Oahu available for sale has been at historically low levels for five years. While the number of new listings increased last month, homes are selling faster, with the average days on market dropping to 16 days for single-family homes and 15 days for condos.

“The Oahu real estate market continues to strengthen in 2017, with steady demand exceeding the available inventory, driving prices above asking and reducing days on market to record lows,” Locations CEO Scott Higashi said in a statement. “In the current real estate environment, buyers should partner with experienced agents to ensure fair asking prices and to stay informed of new listings.

"Sellers will likely continue to see steady growth, as the market is keeping selling prices within reasonable margins, without the double-digit jumps we have seen in past markets,” he said.

The Honolulu Board of Realtors is also scheduled to release its statistics this week. The statistics from the board and Locations both use Multiple Listing Service data, but the two organizations differ on how they compile the data.

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Wall Street Journal: Honolulu’s Kakaako District Is at the Center of a Building Boom

The Wall Street Journal did an excellent feature on Honolulu's Kakaako district here.  The article highlighted Waiea as the premiere example of luxury condo development underway in Honolulu.  The story not only shared the story of Waiea, but also touched on the greater Ward Village community, The Howard Hughes Corporations's dedication to respecting Hawaiian culture, and its contribution to building affordable housing.

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The Exquisite Art at Waiea

Every architectural masterpiece building needs equally as refined art to complement it.  The art at Waiea is no exception.  As soon as you drive up the porte cochere and when you walk through the doors, you are greeted with two exceptional pieces.  We wanted to find out more, Mahalo to the top-notch concierge team at Waiea for providing us with the below information

 

Waiea Porte Cochere: Versus, 2011 Bronze, Sir Anthony Douglas Cragg

 
 

Tony Cragg (English, b. 1949) is a contemporary English sculptor known for his public commissions and installations throughout the world. Hailed as one of Britain’s foremost sculptors, his work routinely explores the relationship between people and our material world through works fabricated from traditional materials such as glass and bronze to the unorthodox, like street refuse. He then takes his chosen medium and human gesture as a point of departure and improvisation to create dynamic and energetic works with deftly styled formal technique. Additionally, his past as a lab technician duly informed his early work, in which he created sculptural forms reminiscent of the test tubes, containers and industrial debris he worked with daily. He received his BA from Wimbledon School of Art and his MA from the Royal College of Art.  (Reference: Paddle8, Inc.)

To learn more about his work, visit his website here.

 
 

Commissioned Figure, Waiea Front Desk Lobby, Jeff Colson

 
 

For the past ten years Jeff Colson has been working on a series of sculptures, paintings and watercolors that focus on the ephemeral quality of paper, as a subject and a material. Each work depicts a peripheral accumulation of paper, once symbolic of the day-to-day frenzy of one’s life. As a single sheet it is barely there, but when accumulated, it becomes physical and symbolically loaded as information and the systematization of our daily existence. Colson recognizes that in an attempt to control chaos we are sometimes caught in a manic and desperate spiral to prevent the inevitable, the absurdity of this “Catch-22” is evidenced by the accumulation of almost everything that we desire, regardless of need. Ironically, now with the digital age, paper is on the brink of extinction. This existential view has been the underpinnings of most of his work, coupled with a desire to make objects from memory with all its distortion—a personal validation of acquisition.

Using his own handcrafted techniques, the elements of the work are carved, cut, sawn, sanded, painted, welded, and molded to replicate an object that is recognized at once for its intent and as absurd as an art object. Stacks (2014-2015) is an amalgam of three happenstance load-bearing objects: desk, drop leaf table and a milk crate supporting an ever increasing and ominous mountain of paper stacked like performance bar graphs. These comically wobbly towers of paper, the residue of well-intentioned ambitions seem touching in their sincerity, and the act of attempting insurmountable odds, a universal experience. 

The artist lives and works in Pasadena, California. (Reference: Maloney Fine Art Gallery).

For more information, please visit Jeff's website here.

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Ward Village Waiea 2016 Grand Opening

It's official! The first residents of Ward Village's Waiea are moved in!  Kumu Hina led us in the blessing of this new tower.  We are thrilled for our clients, and grateful to have helped them purchase their exceptional units.  Congratulations to the Howard Hughes Corporation and Ward Village team on this landmark.  Waiea is the first condominium project to be completed in its wider Ward Village Master Plan.  Waiea truly is a new gold standard for luxury on the island.  If you are interested in securing your unit or rental, please contact my office today; don't miss out on the opportunity to be a part of Honolulu history in the making.

Photos by Cliff Lew, property of Jack Tyrrell & Company, Inc.

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