Sep 27, 2016
‘A‘ali‘i: The Story Behind the Name
‘Alohilohi ke ‘a‘ali‘i i ka lā
Literal: The ‘a‘ali‘i is radiant in the sunshine
Figurative: The child glows in the warmth of encouragement
With a responsibility to honor the past and uphold the legacy of our land by preserving its stories and history, we collaborated with the cultural and storytelling expertise of Sig Zane Designs and Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu to provide us with a name befitting of this very special project – 'A'ali'i.
'A'ali'i (pronounced ah-ah-lee-ee) is an indigenous Hawaiian plant that is recognized both for its beauty and strength, achieved by growing in clusters. The namesake of Ward Village, Victoria Ward, is a descendant of Ka'ū ali'i (chiefly lineage from the southernmost town on Hawai'i Island), where the plant is known for growing and thriving in abundance. Like the 'a'ali'i, Victoria Ward was known for her strength and dedication to honoring our culture on this land.
Today, we see 'A'ali'i as a place where kama'āina will continue to find a home in Ward Village. We strongly believe that like the 'a'ali'i, residents will stand strong and firm together, blossoming in the heart of Ward Village. Designed with direct input from the community and our continual analysis of the local market, 'A'ali'i will provide brand new homes, street level neighborhood amenities, open spaces, gathering areas, and recreation areas.
In recognizing the cultural significance of this place and its history, 'A'ali'i will provide an environment for those who choose it as their home, to prosper personally while honoring the past and writing the future of Ward Village.
To learn more about 'A'ali'i, register your interest at wardvillage.com/aalii.