Hundreds of Local, First-Time Homeowners Attend Opening Blessing of Ke Kilohana®
Marking Another Major Milestone at Ward Village ® , First Reserve Tower Welcomes Residents
HONOLULU (May 14, 2019) – The Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE: HHC) today celebrated the opening of Ke Kilohana®, its first reserved housing tower and fourth mixed-use residential building at Ward Village®, with a traditional Hawaiian blessing. Of the 424 total homes, 375 were priced to meet the demands of local households with incomes between 100 and 140 percent of Honolulu’s area median income (AMI), bringing a robust supply of affordable housing to Kakaʻako’s urban core.
“Ke Kilohana delivers on our vision to build varying home sizes and price ranges in different locations within Ward Village that offer convenience, connectivity, and well-being,” said Simon Treacy, President Hawaiʻi, of The Howard Hughes Corporation. “We are thrilled to welcome hundreds of kama’āina to join Ward Village and watch the dynamic evolution of this special place come to life.”
In addition to the affordable homes set to open at Ke Kilohana this month, Ward Village is under construction on its next tower, Aʻaʻliʻi, which will introduce another 150 reserve units to the growing community, totaling 525 for the development’s current phase.
“Ke Kilohana is more than just a building. It represents hope for local people who want to raise their families in the heart of Kaka’ako,” said Mayor Kirk Caldwell. “It’s about making the city more city and keeping the country more country. This community is in the midst of becoming more resilient as the number of affordable housing units increases and people transition into multimodal living, where owning a car is less important than spending more time with your family. The Howard Hughes Corporation had a tremendous vision in developing Ke Kilohana, and seeing this type of housing come to fruition shows that good ideas can generate positive action for our residents.”
Later this year, Ke Kilohana will debut a 23,000-square-foot Longs Drugs store, providing the convenience of a full-service pharmacy to the growing neighborhood that already features a flagship Whole Foods Market, along with diverse shopping, dining and entertainment avenues. This summer, Hawaii Pacific Health is set to add a 4,800-square-foot medical clinic to the expanding community.
“Ke Kilohana is delivering hundreds of affordable homes to our urban core,” said Todd Apo, Senior Vice President of Community Development at The Howard Hughes Corporation. “We are excited for these new first-time homeowners to experience all the benefits and amenities of living an urban lifestyle at Ward Village.”
Designed by AC Martin and Honolulu-based CDS International, Ke Kilohana features one-, two- and three-bedroom units accompanied by modern amenities including two signature Sky Lanai with panoramic views of the ocean, a private movie theater, fitness center, keiki playground, co-working space with meeting rooms and Wi-Fi, karaoke studio, dog park, expansive BBQ deck, event lounges, surfboard and bike storage.
Located at the corner of Ward Avenue and Halekauwila Street, Ke Kilohana derives its name from one of the highest mountain peaks along the Ko’olau range of O’ahu. The building’s hallmark exterior yellow accents allude to the Native Hawaiian legend of Keaomelemele, a goddess who inhabited sun-streakedclouds.
With walkable pathways, dedicated bike lanes and tree-lined sidewalks built into the design, Ward Village is at the forefront of sustainable community development and the largest LEED-ND Platinum certified master plan development in the country and the only one in Hawai’i.
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