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Expected
2016

Ola Ka ’Ilima Artspace Lofts

Sustaining and Nurturing Hawaii's Creative Community

1025 Waimanu Street, Honolulu, HI, 96814

Rendering

site birds-eye view

Pre-Construction site

Pre-Construction

Staffer with artist/carver Rocky Jensen

Site planning

the view

Staffer Cathryn with Vicki & Shar (PA'I)

Tabs

Overview

Artspace came to Hawai’i at the invitation of PA’I, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving native Hawaiian cultural traditions. Working with PA’I Executive Director Vicky Takamine and with support from the Ford Foundation, Artspace met with native artists and arts organizations on the islands of Hawai’i and O’ahu. Out of this process evolved a shared vision to create a unique mixed-use Artspace project in Honolulu.

Now in development, the project will be built in Kaka’ako, a light industrial neighborhood midway between downtown Honolulu and Waikiki, on land leased to Artspace by the Hawaiian Community Development Authority. Its residential component will consist of 80 units of affordable housing for artists and their families from all cultural backgrounds. Residential units will feature high ceilings, large windows, durable surfaces, large doors and wide hallways to accommodate a variety of creative activities. A plaza garden will provide residents with common space and a generous gardening area.

The project’s ground floor will be home to the PA‘I Arts and Culture Center that will serve the broader Hawaiian community with classrooms, space for teaching and performing Hula, music and other traditional practices. The Culture Center will occupy 4,000 square feet; an additional 2,000 square feet of retail space will be available for arts-related businesses.

Estimated Project Cost

$40 million

Community Partner

PA'I

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About the Neighborhood
Kaka'ako is a commercial and retail district on its way to becoming a mixed-use community with a significant residential component.