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July 20, 2020

Mortgage Rates Fall Again

30-year mortgage rates fell again to it's lowest in 50 years, under 3% to 2.98% at the end of last week as reported by Freddie Mac.Read complete story at Forbes, July 17, 2020.

Posted in Real Estate News
July 6, 2020

Kakaako condo pivoting due to COVID-19

The 42-story Iililani condominium planned at Keawe & Halekauwila Streets, is running into challenges due to COVID-19. The developers are working on new pricing for the remaining unsold market units and additional parking stalls, while seeking new fee waviers from both the city and state. Start of construction could be delayed until January. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

July 3, 2020

Istanbul Comes To Kaka'ako

Last night while driving by Whole Foods in Ward Village, I spotted people eating outdoors under the trellised walkways of Anaha, not far from Merriman's at 1108 Auahi Street. I soon discovered Istanbul Restaurant had been operating a soft opening since about a week ago. By the looks of the crowd at 9:30pm, this Mediterranean/Turkish eatery is already a hit! According to their website https://www.istanbulhawaii.com/, Grand Opening is slated for July 17th. Follow them on Instagram @istanbulhawaii.

Posted in Food & Drinks
Oct. 13, 2019

Keiki & The Pineapple opens in Kaka'ako

Photo courtesy of Pacific Business News

A new concept kid-friendly coffee shop cafe just opened at the corner of Ward Avenue and Kapiolani Boulevard on the ground floor of the 909 Kapiolani condominium in Kaka'ako called, Keiki & The Pineapple. Catering primarily to the growing segment of parents with children in the area looking for a place to enjoy their breakfast or just a cup of coffee while their kids have a place to play, have fun, and be themselves.

Owner Tiffany Morrissey has turned her 1,500 square foot place, the former Vines and Greens, into a kid friendly, fun loving environment with activities, toys & more fun! In addition to coffee drinks, smoothies, & acai bowls, menu items include a variety of open-faced toast with names like Avacado Smash, Tropical Elvis, Brulee Brie, and Kaya Jam to name a few. While keiki items go by Keiki Unicorn and more. 

During the soft opening, hours are Tuesday to Friday from 6:30a to 3p, Saturday and Sunday from 8a to 3p, closed on Mondays. Extended hours are in the planning along with additional menu items to come. For more information visit  www.keikiandthepineapple.com View the featured article in Pacific Business News here https://bit.ly/2OGY8gu. 

Posted in Food & Drinks
Oct. 6, 2019

Howard Hughes Corp Wins Approval For Victoria Place

Howard Hughes Corp. just received approval for what will be their seventh condominium tower in Kaka'ako at Ward Village, with plans to start sales by the end of the year.

Victoria Place will boast 350 homes in a 400 foot tower right next door to Waiea, fronting Ala Moana Boulevard. Featuring 137 one-bedrooms, 146 two-bedrooms, & 77 three-bedrooms with common areas of 15,590 square feet of open space on the ground level, and 64,105 square feet of recreational space.

Gateway Towers, a previously planned luxury tower that was slated for 1100 Ala Moana Boulevard at Ward Village, will be the site pegged for Victoria Place.

Howard Hughes Corp is also required to provide off site reserved housing in accordance with HCDA's guidelines to consist of 108 homes to satisfy the requirements for both Victoria Place, as well as Koula it's sixth tower currently under construction and slated for a late 2022 completion. Construction of these reserved units has to begin within two years of the completion of Victoria Place.

"Victoria Place is poised to be one of the most extraordinary residential towers along the front row of Oahu's south shore with a stunning design that is reminiscent of a timeless Hawaii" Simon Treacy, president of the Howard Hughes Corp, Hawaii said in a statement. "We thank HCDA for their continue partnership and look forward to advancing the next phase of our development to build a community that embodies wellness, connectivity and vibrant placemaking."

Posted in Real Estate News
Sept. 26, 2019

10th Annual Rice Festival At Victoria Ward Park

This year's 10th Annual Rice Fest is coming to Kakaako on Saturday, September 28th, 2019.

Thousands are expected to descend in Ward Village to celebrate the joy that is rice with the rest of the country during National Rice Month.

This exciting, unique, FREE one day event will be held at Ward Village's beautiful Victoria Ward Park from 3pm-9pm on Saturday, Sept. 28 and will be jamming with a day of fun, entertainment, food, and much more! 

Featuring 30 food vendors!

Non-stop Stage Performances!

Three eating contests!  Poke, Loco Moco & Spam Musubi.

One of the primary initiatives for this event is to bring awareness to Lanakila Meals on Wheels, a wonderful program that helps to feed Hawaii’s hungry seniors. They will be accepting monetary and brown rice donations all day long at the Lanakila Pacific booth at the Rice Fest.

For more information, visit www.ricefest.com or find the event on Facebook, Twitter (@ricefest) and Instagram (@ricefest)

 

 

Posted in Events