Construction in the Kaka’ako area is booming with luxury condominiums, workforce housing, and commercial projects underway.
But what does the future hold for developable land in Kaka’ako Makai? The area (ocean side of Ala Moana Boulevard) is under significant focus as the State of Hawaii and Office of Hawaiian Affairs develop their vision for education, research and development (UH Medical School, Cancer Research Center, UH Pacific Biosciences Research Center, etc.), business and technology incubators, Obama Presidential Center and much more.
There are opportunities for more public areas such as parks, improvement to the Kewalo Basin, and commercial/retail development along the harbor, and the possibility that “development” in Kaka’ako Makai will complement the residential development in the mauka area, providing opportunities for “work and play” near where you live.
We will hear from representatives of key landowners about the strategic vision for Kaka’ako Makai:
Peter Apo is a sitting Trustee of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the President of the Peter Apo Company, providing Hawaiian cultural consulting services to the developer community. He has a distinguished career in public service including 12 years as a Hawai’i State legislator, Director of Culture & Arts for the City & County of Honolulu, Special Assistant on Hawaiian Affairs to Governor Ben Cayetano, Director of Waikiki Development under Mayor Jeremy Harris, and a
special federal appointment as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Hawai’i.
Race Randle is Senior Director of Development, Ward Village. He oversees development projects within The Howard Hughes Corporation’s 60-acre master planned community, Ward Village. Race is a representative of the state’s board of
directors of the Hawai‘i Technology Development Corporation and Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawai‘i Authority (NELHA), as well as a member of the Urban Land Institute. He received an MBA in management and finance and a B.S. in civil engineering from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.
Walter Thoemmes is chief of staff at Kamehameha Schools. He works closely with the CEO, providing strategic and operational leadership and representing the CEO’s direction, project priorities and initiatives in various capacities across the organization and community. His work includes the commercial development of Kamehameha’s Kaka‘ako lands and the development of regional plans as part of KS’ Strategic Plan 2020. He also currently oversees Kamehameha’s West Hawaii Region Office and the Commercial Real Estate Division.
Moderator: Anthony “Tony” J.H. Ching is the Executive Director of the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA). The HCDA is a State agency that was established to supplement traditional community renewal methods by promoting and coordinating public and private sector community development. The Kaka’ako area was designated as the first Community Development District under the HCDA’s oversight. Along with six and a half years of service as the Executive Officer of the State Land Use Commission and three and a half years of experience as a land use planner with the Office of State Planning, Mr. Ching brings to this position varied program and administrative experience gained while working at the Hawaii
Department of Health (DOH).
HSBP’s popular annual Farm to Table program returns in February. This year, we feature an acclaimed chef, a grower of specialty crops, and a representative of a market for local products. Add to that moderator Patti Chang of Feed-The-Hunger Foundation, an organization that makes loans to farmers and small restaurateurs, and this will again be a program you’ll want to attend.
Chef Russell Siu, Executive Chef/Co-Owner of 3660 On the Rise and Managing Director of Kakaako Kitchen. He directs the financial operations and creates the restaurant’s distinctive Euro-Island cuisine, a blend of East/West heritage with signature usage of seasonal products from Hawaii’s oceans and farms. Russell got his first cooking job at 15, at a local drive in and worked his way up to opening his own restaurants. He has received numerous culinary awards.
Lesley Hill, co-owner and operator of Wailea Agricultural Group, the country’s strongest producer of the very renewable and nutrient-rich delicacy called Heart of Palm. Each year, they harvest over 15 tons by hand for delivery and shipment to restaurants and hotels – local, national and international. Her farm is 110 acres diverse in tropical
fruit, spice and flowers on the lush Hamakua Coast of Hawaiʻi Island.
Pamela Boyar, Director of Development, FarmLovers Farmers’ Market (Haleiwa, Kaka’ako, Pearlridge and KailuaTown). The vision and mission of the farmers’ markets is to create a business incubator for small farmers, food manufacturers and artisans, by creating a supportive and nurturing environment, which will cultivate economic growth, community health, and cultural awareness. Pamela has dedicated her life’s work to health education and promotion of organic foods
Patti Chang, Chief Executive Officer of Feed-The-Hunger Foundation, whose goal is to eliminate poverty by providing microloans and networks of support for those who dream of creating a better life for themselves, strengthening their families and rebuilding