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Ola Ka ’Ilima Artspace Lofts

Sustaining and Nurturing Hawaii's Creative Community

1025 Waimanu Street Honolulu, HI, 96814


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.

The shared vision to emerge from this work is Ola Ka ‘Ilima Artspace, a mixed-use arts rental 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. 


ArtPlace America, Ford Foundation, Cooke Foundation, Limited, Ward Village Foundation, Ward Foundation, Atherton Family Foundation, Harold K. L. Castle Foundation  

Estimated project cost:  

$53 million 

Number of Units: 

84 live/work units

Parking space: 

Approx. 94 

Types of Units and Affordability: 

50 one-, 30 two- and 4 three-bedroom rental units . Units range from 30%, 50% and 60% of area median income. 

Community Space: 

4,600 sq. ft. for PA`I Arts & Culture Center; a 1,275 sq. ft. community room; and 2,000 sq. ft. of commercial space for arts‑oriented businesses. 10,000 sq. ft. outdoor green courtyard with playground and workspace.

Contact Kathleen Kvern at to make a contribution to this development project.