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Progress Edition: Growing Hawaii

Growing Hawaii
New projects, developments and
retail centers around Oahu will
change the fabric of our
Published Sunday, July 31, 2011
Editor: Mary Poole • Copy editors: Jeff Clark, Seth Markow, Jason Kasamoto, Jason Seaborn • Designers: Ruby Mata-Viti, Charlene Robinson, Mike Rovner • Artists: Kip Aoki, Bryant Fukutomi, Martha Hernandez, David Swann • Online: Steven B. Park
Central Oahu
A housing development called Koa Ridge planned for Waiawa struggles with legal challenges while a pair of parcels that sat unused for years in Mililani Mauka will enable a Longs and affordable housing for seniors to join the community.

Building homes on farmland between Waipio and Mililani got the green light from a state commission last year, but a potential red light recently arose and could stop the estimated $2.2 billion project known as Koa Ridge. Story »

Near the entrance of Mililani Mauka on a 1.9-acre site next to a McDonald's restaurant, a gas station and convenience mart, Longs Drug Stores is well under way in building its fifth Hawaii location with a drive-through pharmacy. Story »

West Oahu
Retail is expanding in Kapolei, the developer of Ho'opili is forging ahead with a plan for houses in Ewa, and the magic of Disney is arriving at Ko Olina in the form of a new resort called the Aulani.

The once fledgling city of Kapolei continues to transform the urban core of West Oahu, with a number of projects under way that will add to the myriad of restaurants and shops in the growing community. Story »

The regulatory stage has been set — again — for a state commission to determine whether prime farmland in Ewa is a suitable site for a community with roughly as many homes as Mililani or Hawaii Kai. Story »

Walt Disney Co.'s Aulani Resort, nearing completion at Ko Olina, already has provided a boost to the state's struggling construction industry and is poised to bring long-term economic benefits to Oahu's Leeward Coast. Story »

East Oahu
Hawaii's recent past has seen many conflicts over the use of land, usually pitting environmentalists and/or Hawaiian cultural advocates on one side and developers and business interests on the other. But a new Hawaii Kai project swaps conflict for cooperation.

The $300 million luxury condo — Hale Ka Lae — will be built at the base of Mariners Ridge where Keahole Street meets Hawaii Kai Drive. It will have a 10-story building and a four-story building for a total of 242 units. The units are expected to sell for between $700,000 and $3.8 million.  Story »

Windward Oahu
Kaneohe Ranch is developing Kailua Town Center Phase III. The complex at Kailua Road and Hinano Way will contain various retail outlets and will feature Whole Foods as the anchor tenant. Just a block away, a new and controversial Target store will emerge in the space once occupied by Don Quijote.

Some major new developments are blowing into Kailua town as construction continues for two major new anchors: Target and Whole Foods Market. Story »

About Town
Honolulu's tourism district is rife with new projects, bringing an infusion of money, while Ward Centers has a new owner with plans for improvement, and Moiliili landowner Kamehameha Schools has worked with the public on its vision for the community.

Recovery in Waikiki tourism is helping to fuel the neighborhood's next development cycle and prompting some iconic Hawaii investors to consider bringing new business to the state's visitor mecca. Story »

In November a seismic shift took place in how the 60 acres underlying Ward Centers in Kakaako will be redeveloped, as ownership of the property and development plans transferred from the operator of nearby Ala Moana Center to Howard Hughes Corp. Story »

When recently queried about changes in Moiliili, Derek Kauanoe, the founder of the Moiliili Matters website, was quick to share before and after pictures of the three-story Rainbow Vista on South Beretania at Isenberg streets. Story »

Growing Hawaii - Progress 2011

North Shore
Kamehameha Schools will redevelop the Haleiwa town site of Matsumoto's and Aoki's shave ice stores, and the Turtle Bay Resort plans more than 2,000 condominium and hotel units, while the Mormon Church has a big vision for the future of Laie.

Scaled-back plans for the future of Turtle Bay Resort are under development while Kamehameha Schools plans to overhaul a historic block on the opposite end of the North Shore. Story »

Plans by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to develop land from Koolaupoko to Kawela have divided residents over the future of their picturesque corner of Windward Oahu.  Story »

Building Honolulu's rail system will present opportunities for development along its path, and the construction industry has benefited from a massive effort to build or renovate thousands of homes on military property across Oahu, including at Aliamanu Military Reservation.

It'll be years before rail transit-oriented development becomes a reality, but the planning has already started. So far, only the wide-open East Kapolei area has the most firmed-up plans set. Plans for other, more developed areas like Waipahu and Aiea are near completion. Story »

Spreading out across the volcanic crater of Aliamanu Military Reservation is a sea of new homes with two-car garages, Corian-counter kitchens, central air conditioning, solar hot water heaters, vaulted ceilings, well-kept white-fenced yards and much happier families dwelling within them. Story »

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