New Ward Village development, Aalii, looks to add more units for island residents

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Another development is slated to go up in Ward Village.

The Howard Hughes Corp. announced Monday plans for ‘A‘ali‘i, a mixed-use condominium slated for development off Queen Street.

It will be located next to Ae‘o and the flagship Whole Foods Market, which are currently under construction.

Officials say the project will include 751 studio, one- and two-bedroom residences with at least 100 units below market prices under the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA)’s Reserved Housing Program.

Prices have yet to be announced, but officials say the building was designed with kama‘aina in mind.

“Really at a market rate focused on the size and amenity and price level that will be attainable to our island residents,” said Todd Apo, Howard Hughes vice president of community development. “Even within our current projects, like Ae‘o and Ke Kilohana, people are looking for those smaller perhaps more affordable units, and that’s the type of supply we’re looking to bring with ‘A‘ali‘i.”

Amenities will include a penthouse fitness center, swimming pool, playground, barbecue pavilions, dog park, storage facilities, bicycle storage and a rooftop lanai. Apo says they were designed with feedback from the community.

The development will also feature 15,000 square feet of new street-level retail and 19,000 square feet of public open space for the neighborhood.

The Howard Hughes Corporation consulted with cultural experts – artist Sig Zane, Kumu Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu and recognized cultural descendants of the area – to name the new building, which was inspired by the native ʻaʻaliʻi plant recognized for its beauty and ability to flourish in a variety of conditions.

Plans for ʻAʻaliʻi have been submitted to the Hawai‘i Community Development Authority for approval. Hearings are expected to be held in November and home sales could begin in 2017.All renderings courtesy The Howard Hughes Corp.

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