Kamehameha Schools to Start Construction on Mixed-Use SALT Project in Kakaako

Kamehameha Schools has announced it would begin construction on the SALT at Our Kakaako retail and restaurant project in downtown Honolulu later this month.

By Adriana Pop, Associate Editor

Kamehameha Schools has announced it will begin construction on the SALT at Our Kakaako retail and restaurant project in downtown Honolulu later this month.

Called “Salt” in recognition of the neighborhood’s salt ponds of the mid-1800s, the new 76,000-square-foot development will be located on the block bounded by Ala Moana Boulevard and Coral, Keawe and Auahi streets. Businesses in the area will remain open during construction, according to the developer.

Hawaii’s largest private landowner will invest approximately $30 million in the project, which includes the adaptive reuse of four buildings, as well as the construction of a 267-stall parking structure along Keawe Street and a 4,500-square-foot building on Coral Street. Plans also call for the conversion of an existing surface parking area into an open plaza with a splash-and-play water feature, recreation and seating spaces.

Honolulu-based Hawaiian Dredging, the project’s general contractor, expects to complete construction by the end of 2015. Hawaii-owned INK Architects is the lead architect.

“The challenge to reuse these older warehouses and their materials creates an opportunity to build a beautifully gritty shopping and dining experience that can only exist in urban Honolulu,” said Christian O’Connor, Kamehameha’s senior asset manager in charge of leasing and management of the project. “This project is uniquely Hawai‘i. It isn’t a cookie-cutter mall that could be imported or transplanted from somewhere else.”

The Salt retail and restaurant project will be part of Kamehameha Schools’ 15-year Our Kaka‘ako master plan, a mixed-use, urban-island community that would spread across nine contiguous city blocks in the heart of Honolulu, between South Street and Ward Avenue. Currently in its first phase of construction, the redevelopment plan will bring a mixture of low-rise and high-rise structures, a range of various housing types, open spaces, a central gathering place, as well as commercial and industrial spaces.

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