Coming Soon

Ola Ka ’Ilima Artspace Lofts

Sustaining and Nurturing Hawaii's Creative Community

1025 Waimanu Street, Honolulu, HI, 96814



PA‘I Dancers

Local artist Meala Bishop


Local artist Kawai Aona-Ueoka

Staffer with artist/carver Rocky Jensen

Pre-Construction site

Site Rendering Birds-eye View



Invited by PA‘I, a non-profit dedicated to preserving native Hawaiian culture, and with support from the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and ArtPlace, Artspace has been working to understand the space needs of the creative community in Hawai‘i since 2009. Through our work, we have come to understand how providing permanent, affordable space for the arts would meet city, county and state goals for economic development, transit oriented development and cultural preservation.

The shared vision to emerge from this work is Ola Ka ‘Ilima Artspace, a mixed-use arts development blending live/work space for artists and their families, non-profit partners and community events and gatherings. Ola Ka ‘Ilima Artspace will be located in the Kaka‘ako neighborhood of Honolulu, a transitional neighborhood of light industrial property between the downtown business district and Waikiki Beach, and will include 84 units of affordable live/work space for low-income artists and their families, as well as 10,000 square feet of green space and more than 7,000 square feet of community and commercial space for arts‑oriented businesses.

The ground floor will be home to the PA‘I Arts & Culture Center, for Native Hawaiian dancers, musicians, visual artists, cultural practitioners and others who are interested in experiencing Native Hawaiian cultural traditions. 

Estimated Project Cost

$53  million

Our Thanks to...


Hui Kauhale, Inc.  
PA`I Foundation
State of Hawai‘i
City of Honolulu 

Development Partners

State of Hawai‘i
City of Honolulu
Ford Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Atherton Family Foundation
Cooke Family Foundation
Ward Village Foundation


Artspace Projects, Inc.
Hui Kauhale, Inc.