An aerial view of Our Kaka 'ako's master plan, courtesy of OurKakaako.com
We first wrote about Kaka'ako back in 2018, and while that information is still relevant, a lot has happened since. Today, the Kaka'ako neighborhood is still one of—if not the most—buzzed about neighborhoods on Oahu. The vibrant community is nestled between Downtown Honolulu and Waikiki, and just minutes from some of the South Shore’s best ocean activities. Its walkability and proximity to some of the most dynamic restaurants, shops and entertainment options makes it the ideal spot for those looking for an urban-island lifestyle. New condominiums, restaurants, boutiques and services are popping up all the time.
As we write this, here’s what’s hot, what’s new, and what’s coming to this sought-after Honolulu neighborhood.
The Ward Village area already has a lot to offer now and so much more in the coming years. Just last fall, ʻAʻaliʻi opened its doors, and this fall, Ko‘ula, another contemporary condo with exceptional amenities, will welcome residents. Then, it's Victoria Place, the second "front row" residence after Waiea. After that, The Park Ward Village, a mid-century modern haven, and Ulana Ward Village, a reserved housing residence that boasts that urban energy and island sensibility—below market rate.
Another condominiums on our radar is Alia, a 39-story mixed-use commercial and residential tower by the Kobayashi Group (the team behind Park Lane, One Ala Moana and Hokua). If the project gets approved by HCDA, the luxury building will be on Ala Moana Boulevard, by Koula and Auahi Streets, and part of Kamehameha Schools' Our Kaka'ako. Expect 477 total residences, available at both market and affordable housing pricing, as well as 3,500 square-feet of commercial space on the ground floor. Sales are expected to start in late 2022 and construction is estimated to be complete in 2026.
A rendering of Alia
Then there’s Howard Hughes’ proposed luxury condominium, Kalae, the 10th new condominium to be built within Ward Village. Situated at the corner of Ward Avenue and Ala Moana Boulevard, the tower is positioned to be one of three exceptional “front row” properties within the master planned community, offering premier ocean views.
The retail scene within Kaka'ako is another reason to consider calling this neighborhood home. Recent happenings include Holey Grail's—the place for to-die-for vegan doughnuts made from poi—opening of its flagship location in Aeʻo shops (by Whole Foods). We also got the inside scoop that the team behind Mad Bene will be opening a new concept restaurant within 'A'ali'i. Plus, throughout the summer, residents and the larger community can delight in the live music at Kona Nui Nights from 6-8pm at Victoria Ward Park. The popular free event is back after a two-year hiatus.
Speaking of being back, Honolulu Night Market has also returned! The family-friendly block party happens on select Saturdays from 6 to 10pm on Keawe and Auahi Streets, and is a great way to meet your neighbors, discover new vendors and support local businesses. If you prefer to do your shopping and socializing during the day, don’t miss the Kaka'ako Farmers Market, which happens every Saturday from 8am to 12pm. Aside from great produce options, this market also features some of the best food on the island (in our humble opinions). It’s where many companies get their “big break” so to speak. That’s another thing that makes Kaka'ako such a desirable neighborhood to live—the community feel here is unlike any we’ve seen on Oahu.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. We've got our ear to the ground, so if you're interested in learning more about this neighborhood and all its residential offerings, contact us!