Honolulu's First Emergency Response Station Situated Directly on the Water to Ensure Safety on Oʻahu's South Shore
HONOLULU (November 30, 2015) – The City and County of Honolulu, the Hawai'i Community Development Authority (HCDA) and Ward Village®, a master planned neighborhood being developed by The Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE: HHC) today announced the completion of the city's Emergency Services Department Lifeguard Station at Kewalo Basin Harbor. The brand new facility is the city's first emergency response station situated directly on the water and will serve as a central location for safe access to the ocean along O'ahu's South Shore.
"This new emergency response station will allow our lifeguards the ability to ensure the safety of the many residents and visitors who swim, surf and play along the South Shore," said Mark Rigg, Director of the City and County of Honolulu Emergency Services Department. "We are grateful to the HCDA, The Howard Hughes Corporation and Ward Village for their generous support of this facility and look forward to increasing our capacity to more efficiently and immediately respond to emergencies along the Kaka'ako waterfront."
The facility, located at the base of Kewalo Basin Harbor, includes a brand new floating dock and an indoor response station, where lifeguards can monitor activity along the South Shore and host lifeguard trainings on a regular basis.
"Water safety is a major priority for our community here in Kaka'ako, and we are continuing to make this a focus as we move forward with our Kaka'ako Makai Conceptual Master Plan," said Tony Ching, Executive Director of the HCDA. "We are pleased this public/private partnership is in place to support the important role our lifeguards play with the introduction of this emergency response station and are confident that this will further our commitment to improving the entire Kaka'ako waterfront."
The HCDA's contribution to the station included a new rescue boat, worth up to $120,000 to the city's Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division, which will be the first of its kind on O'ahu and will support water rescues in Kewalo Basin Harbor and along the Kaka'ako shoreline.
Ward Village, who is the operator and manager of Kewalo Basin Harbor, also donated $18,500 to the city to fund the construction of the dock, including an area to hoist rescue jet skis in and out of the water and an aluminum dock and gangplank to safely transport patients to an awaiting ambulance.
"O'ahu's South Shore is home to some of the most popular beaches and surf spots, and Ward Village's donation towards the city's lifeguard station will directly support the critical emergency services our lifeguards provide," said Todd Apo, Vice President of Community Development, Ward Village. "Ward Village is committed to making Kewalo Basin Harbor an even better ocean destination and community amenity for local residents and visitors to enjoy."
The station is already being used as a home base for lifeguards and emergency jet skis on the South Shore and will house the rescue boat in early 2016.
About the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA)
The HCDA was created by the 1976 state Legislature to redevelop historically underutilized areas across the state. The HCDA's mission is to build communities in the designated Community Development Districts of Kakaʻako, Kalaeloa and Heʻeia, to provide more opportunities for residents to grow in a vibrant environment. In Kakaʻako, the HCDA is committed to revitalizing the urban core and providing housing opportunities to residents of all income levels. To date, the HCDA has overseen the development of over 6,000 new housing units in Kakaʻako, with another 4,200 units in various stages of construction. By creating a community where one can live, work, and play, we give the youth of Hawaii a reason to stay here in the islands and raise future generations. For more information, see www.hcdaweb.org.
About Ward Village®
Developed by The Howard Hughes Corporation, Ward Village is a new 60-acre coastal master planned community in the heart of Honolulu located between downtown and Waikīkī in the Kakaʻako district. Ward Village includes two mixed-use residential towers – Waiea and Anaha – that are now under construction and will transform the popular shopping and dining district into a vibrant neighborhood that offers exceptional residences with incredible island and ocean views and a carefully curated mix of retail experiences set among dynamic public open spaces and walkable streets.
This growing community will include three additional developments: Ae'o at 1001 Queen Street, Gateway Towers and Ke Kilohana at 988 Halekauwila Street. Aeʻo at 1001 Queen Street is a 466-unit mixed-use condominium tower anchored by a flagship Whole Foods Market. The extraordinary first building of Gateway Towers on Ala Moana Boulevard will bring the architecture of world-renowned architect Richard Meier to the Honolulu skyline. Ke Kilohana will bring housing targeted for local residents and a 23,000 square foot Long's Drugs to the neighborhood.
The vision for Ward Village is consistent with the master plan approved by the HCDA in 2009, which allows for up to 9.3 million square feet of mixed-use development and will include over 4,000 residences and over 1 million square feet of retail space.
Ward Village is Hawaiʻi's only LEED-ND Platinum-Certified project and the largest neighborhood development in the country to receive such a prestigious certification. The Information Center and Residential Sales Gallery is located at the iconic IBM Building. 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. Our properties include master planned communities, operating properties, development opportunities and other unique assets spanning 16 states from New York to Hawai'i. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC with major offices in New York, Columbia, MD, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas and Honolulu. For additional information about HHC, visit www.howardhughes.com.
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