A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday for a new development in Ward Village.
Aalii will be a 42-story tower located in what’s currently an industrial area off Queen Street, near Ward Entertainment Center.
It will feature studio, one-, and two-bedroom units, which will range from 349 to 835 square feet.
Studios come fully furnished with smaller, smarter living in mind, and larger units can also be purchased under a turnkey package.
“It’s all about innovation, and for us, Aalii represents several years that we spent traveling literally around the world to look at the most innovative residential developments that were happening in cities around the globe,” said Race Randle, Howard Hughes Corp. senior vice president. “Aalii really culminates in a building that’s designed by award-winning architects and interior designer, homes that are smarter, easier to live in, and ultimately, a level of amenities that have never been seen before in a building like this.”
One-hundred-fifty units are priced to meet the demands of local households with incomes between 100 and 140 percent of the city’s area median income.
“We’re creating a community here, that maybe you’re not going to drive an automobile as much, and you’ll take rail, and talk with each other and get to and from work more quickly, or maybe you’ll ride a Biki bike on a protected bike lane down Ward, coming soon,” said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.
Aalii will also have a community roof deck, Lanai 42, that includes a lounge, fitness center, and event space.
The building is expected to take two and a half years to build.