Bank of Hawaii Waikiki Center Changes Owners25 Feb 2013, 6:24 am
Shoei USA Inc. has acquired the Bank of Hawaii Waikiki Center from Honolulu-based Pacific Office Properties Trust Inc. and its Mainland partner. According to the Pacific Business News, NAI ChaneyBrooks represented the buyer in the transaction. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Located at 2155 Kalakaua Ave., near the Waikiki Beach Walk, this landmark nine-story property offers more than 150,000 square feet of office and retail space, along with 219 parking stalls. Its tenants include Bank of Hawaii, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Aston Hotels, JTB Hawaii, 7-Eleven and Teddy Bear World.
Last May, the tower’s former owners put the property on the market for $38 million. Larry Taff, president & CEO of Pacific Office Properties, told the newspaper that the company’s partner, a group of Mainland investors, had an 83 percent interest in the building.
Pacific Office Properties owns 21 office properties in Hawaii and Southern California, including interests in 16 joint ventures comprising 4.3 million rentable square feet. The company’s holdings in Honolulu include the Waterfront Plaza and the Davies Pacific Center downtown.
In regional news, construction on the infrastructure of the Ilima at Leihano senior-living community in Kapolei is currently underway. The Pacific Business News reports that the project is being developed by Kisco Senior Living, a Carlsbad, Calif.-based company.
Construction on the first building of the new community could begin later this year. The 78,000-square-foot facility will be built on three-and-a-half acres and will include 84 independent- and assisted-living units, as well as a memory-care wing. The overall cost of this phase of the project amounts to $26 million.
Kiewit Building Group Inc. is the project’s general contractor, while Wilson Okamoto Corp. is in charge of engineering work. Group 70 International is the building’s designer, and Belt Collins is the landscape architect.
Mitch Brown, chief development officer for Kisco Senior Living, told the newspaper that the units will be rented on a monthly basis. The developer is currently seeking partners to build medical office and clinic space, as well as a retail portion and a hotel on the rest of the project’s 20 acres that is available for development.
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Planned 459-Key Condo-Hotel in Waikiki Gains Preliminary Approval11 Feb 2013, 6:17 am
The Honolulu City Council has approved a height variance for the proposed $275 million Ritz-Carlton condominium hotel project in Waikiki. According to KHON, the 350-foot tower planned for a vacant 1.4-acre parcel at the corner of Kuhio Avenue and Kalaimoku Street will exceed the site’s standard limit by 50 feet.
Pending final approval from the city’s Department of Planning and Permitting, the project is expected to break ground toward the end of this year. Upon completion in early 2016, the Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach will be the area’s first new luxury condominium property since Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk opened in 2009.
Developed by Los Angeles-based Pacrep L.L.C., the 37-story high-rise will feature 459 luxury condominium-hotel units with expansive ocean views. Early last year, the company purchased the project site for $15.5 million. According to the final environmental assessment, Pacrep expects to sell the units for more than $300 million.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel L.L.C. will brand and manage the residences, which will range in size from 400 to more than 3,000 square feet. Amenities will include resort pools, a spa, a fitness center, an owners’ lounge and storage, a gourmet food market, along with a cafe and restaurant.
“We are thrilled to be bringing the world’s best hotel and residences brand to Waikiki,” said Pacrep manager Jason Grosfeld. “The Residences will further secure Waikiki’s position as a world-class destination, providing full- and part-time residents, as well as visitors, with all the legendary services and amenities they have come to expect of The Ritz-Carlton brand.”
The new condo-hotel will be the luxury accommodation operator’s first presence on Oahu and its second venture in the Hawaiian Islands. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. operates another hotel and residential suites in Kapalua on Maui.
Condo-hotels allow investors to purchase individual rooms, which are rented to tourists, while proceeds are usually divided with an on-site management firm. Owners may also opt to reside in or manage the condominiums themselves.
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Plans for the Future of Hawaii’s Pineapple Island Unveiled4 Feb 2013, 5:45 am
Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison is planning to revitalize Lanai’s hospitality industry by upgrading its existing properties and adding a third luxury hotel. According to the Pacific Business News, the island’s billionaire owner also intends to expand the 1.5-megawatt La Ola solar farm, invest in desalination technology and improve transportation to and from Lanai.
Kurt Matsumoto, head of business operations at Lanai Resorts L.L.C., described the initiatives involving the future of Hawaii’s Pineapple Island at a recent community meeting.
Called “Lanai — Today and into the Future, A Vision for Creating a Sustainable Lanai,” the plan includes renovations of the Four Seasons Resorts and The Lodge at Koele and Manele Bay, as well as the development of a new resort destination on the eastern side of the island.
In terms of renewable energy, Ellison intends to develop a solar farm large enough to power the entire island. The existing La Ola solar farm currently supplies 10 percent of Lanai’s power needs. Plans also call for the use of electric vehicles and the construction of charging stations.
Additional priorities for the future of Lanai include a broader range of healthcare and housing options, small-business development, commercial agriculture, conservation activities, as well as the creation of a research center that would promote sustainability. Ellison also aims to improve the presence of the University of Hawaii’s Maui Community College on Lanai and create “the best school in Hawaii.”
The island is currently involved in a six-month community plan process, which is part of Maui County’s general plan. The next community meeting will be held next month, the newspaper reports.
Last summer, Ellison bought most of Lanai from Castle and Cooke Chairman David Murdock for an estimated $500 million.
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A&B Properties Acquires West Oahu Shopping Mall for $29.8M28 Jan 2013, 6:27 am
A&B Properties Inc., the real estate subsidiary of Honolulu-based Alexander & Baldwin, has acquired the 170,275-square-foot Waianae Mall in Leeward Oahu from TNP Strategic Retail Trust Inc. The $29.8 million purchase price included the assumption of a $19.7 million mortgage, at a 5.4 percent interest rate.
“The Waianae Mall acquisition redeploys proceeds realized from a July 2012 land sale, on a tax-advantaged basis, into a favorably priced, significantly higher income-generating commercial property on Oahu,” said Christopher Benjamin, A&B’s president & COO.
Located 32 miles west of downtown Honolulu, the 10-building retail center on the Waianae Coast serves an area of approximately 35,000 residents. It was built in 1981 and it is anchored by a Long’s/CVS drugstore and a City Mill hardware store. The property’s additional tenants include American Savings Bank, Bank of Hawaii, Burger King, Goodyear Tire, Jamba Juice, Pizza Hut, Radio Shack and Starbucks.
The Waianae Mall’s new owner has already secured a lease agreement with a tenant that will boost occupancy at the center from 79 percent at closing to 93 percent. The lease becomes effective in February.
“We’re thrilled with the opportunity to provide retail options for Waianae’s growing community and to be reinvesting in Hawaii, a market we know best. We plan to revitalize the mall and restore it as an important retail and community center for Waianae residents,” Benjamin added.
In a separate transaction, A&B Properties Inc. sold the Northpoint Industrial property in Fullerton, Calif., for $14.9 million. The two-building industrial facility offers 119,400 square feet of space. The company now plans to reinvest the proceeds from this transaction into an income-producing property in Hawaii via the 1031 exchange process.
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State Agency Green-Lights Student Housing for Aloha Tower21 Jan 2013, 4:24 pm
Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) has gained approval from the Aloha Tower Development Corp. (ATDC) to repurpose the Aloha Tower Marketplace in downtown Honolulu into a 300-unit student dormitory and multi-use complex.
According to the Pacific Business News, the $30 million project to create a 160,000-square-foot, two-story waterfront marketplace would put student housing on the upper floor, with retail, dining and entertainment options on the first floor.
“We’re delighted with the actions taken today by ATDC and excited about our ability to move forward with a project that we believe has tremendous implications for the university, for our downtown merchants and community, and for all of Honolulu,” said HPU President Geoffrey Bannister on the occasion of the announcement.
The university now plans to pursue permits and seek bond financing. Demolition and renovation could begin later this year, with completion scheduled for the fall of 2014.
The Aloha Tower Marketplace sits on state-owned land. Last year, the property was purchased by Ed Bushor, the founder of eRealty Fund, through an entity called Hawaii Lifestyle Retail Properties. AREA Property Partners sold the marketplace for $14 million. Through the entity, HPU now owns 80 percent of the project, while Bushor owns the other 20 percent.
In other news, the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort has completed a seven-month, $25.5 million refurbishment of its beachfront Alii Tower. The renovation included upgrades to the property’s 322 guest rooms, a reconfiguration of its 12 suites and lobby, as well as new bathrooms and corridors.
Hilton Hawaii Area Vice President Jerry Gibson told the Pacific Business News that the new design maintains the Alii Tower’s tradition of grandeur, while also creating a vibrant, modern look. Ann Matsunami, partner at Pacific Asia Design Group in Honolulu, along with Jonathan Staub of Philpotts & Associates were the project’s designers.
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Alexander & Baldwin Completes Construction of Hawaii’s Largest Solar Farm13 Jan 2013, 6:10 am
Alexander & Baldwin Inc. (A&B) and Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) have recently announced the completion of Hawaii’s largest photovoltaic energy plant. The six-megawatt solar farm is located on Kauai’s sunny south shore, on a 20-acre parcel of land owned by A&B near KIUC’s Port Allen Station power plant. Electricity from the facility began flowing on Dec. 7.
Developed and operated by A&B subsidiary McBryde Sugar Co., the project is expected to generate approximately 10,200 megawatt-hours of electricity per year. KIUC and its members will be provided with renewable solar energy at a fixed rate for at least the next 20 years.
“The Port Allen Solar facility, along with our existing hydroelectric facilities at Wainiha and Kalaheo, will generate nearly 40,000 megawatt-hours of clean, renewable energy each year, making A&B the leading generator of renewable energy on Kauai,” commented Christopher Benjamin, president & COO of A&B, in a statement.
“Completion of this facility represents a significant step forward in KIUC’s portfolio approach to meeting our aggressive long-term renewable energy goals. By utilizing a portfolio of solar, hydroelectric and biomass fueled projects and a combination of both cooperative and independently owned facilities, we believe we will be able to meet at least half of Kauai’s power needs with renewable sources by 2023,” said David Bissell , president & CEO of KIUC.
Bissell also stated that the Port Allen facility is the first of three utility-scale solar photovoltaic projects that will come online on Kauai over the next two years.
“The A&B solar facility will supply almost 10 percent of KIUC’s daytime electrical load and annually produce about 3 percent of the total energy used on Kauai. By 2015, KIUC expects to draw 50 percent of its daytime electrical load from PV systems, the highest percentage of solar on any grid in the U.S.”
Headquartered in Lihue, KIUC is a not-for-profit generation, transmission and distribution cooperative owned and controlled by the members it serves. Currently, it comprises more than 32,000 electric accounts throughout the island.
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Forest City Hawaii to Develop 690 Pohukaina Mixed-Use Project in Honolulu26 Dec 2012, 5:22 am
Forest City Hawaii has been selected by the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) to develop the $500 million “690 Pohukaina” mixed-use project in Honolulu’s Kakaako neighborhood.
According to the Pacific Business News, the developer has proposed the construction of 800 workforce rental housing units on the state-owned parcel located at 690 Pohukaina St. Pending further approvals, the public-private project could include Hawaii’s tallest building at 650 feet. Plans also call for a commercial and civic building, a parking structure, a business incubator and offices for the state’s library system and Friends of the Library.
The state agency told the newspaper it had selected Forest City’s proposal to develop rentals because it presented less financial risk than the competing bid submitted by the other finalist, Lend Lease. The Australian developer intended to sell the units as condominiums.
The 690 Pohukaina project will be designed as a transit-oriented development, optimizing access to multiple forms of public transportation. Construction could start in 2015 or 2016, with completion scheduled for the summer of 2019. The state agency estimates that the new development would create 500 construction jobs and as many as 1,000 indirect jobs.
In other news, Queen’s Health Systems has acquired the former Hawaii Medical Center West campus from St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii. The company expects to spend more than $70 million on the property’s acquisition and improvements. Upon completion in 2014, the new campus will reopen as Queen’s Medical Center – West Oahu.
“Transferring the ownership of the West Oahu hospital assets to Queen’s is an important milestone for St. Francis,” Jerry Correa, St. Francis president & CEO, said in a press release. “We recognize the critical need to reopen hospital and emergency services in West Oahu.”
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State Agency Green-Lights $200M Condo Project in Downtown Honolulu17 Dec 2012, 5:49 am
The Hawaii Community Development Authority has unanimously approved the construction of a $200 million condominium skyscraper on the site of the former Honolulu Advertiser building.
The 46-story tower proposed at 801 South St. will be the first high-rise condo project in Kakaako in which all of its 635 units are designated “workforce housing.” Construction and sales are expected to begin by mid-2013. Upon completion in 2015, the project will offer a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom units priced between $250,000 and $550,000.
According to the Pacific Business News, Honolulu-based Downtown Capital L.L.C. will develop the all-affordable condo high-rise. The team working on the project also includes general contractor Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co., architect Kazu Yato AIA & Associates Inc. and the real estate brokerage firm Marcus & Associates Inc.
“The project is designed to meet the critical shortage of affordable housing in the urban core of Honolulu,” said Downtown Capital head Marshall Hung. “With our design and construction team sharing this affordable housing goal, this community need can be fulfilled.”
According to Colbert Matsumoto, a principal with South Street Towers, which is a member of Downtown Capital L.L.C., the project is feasible because of rules established in 2011 by the Abercrombie Administration to facilitate the construction of workforce housing in Kakaako.
“Our project is fully aligned with the state’s vision to revitalize Kakaako by making it more accessible to middle-income buyers who previously lacked enough affordable housing inventory in that district,” Matsumoto said. “People who work in the area at hospitals, car dealerships, government entities and retail businesses will now be able to afford to buy a home within walking distance to their workplace.”
If demand is strong, Downtown Capital intends to develop another high-rise of 400 affordable-housing units on the property adjacent to the site of the current project.
In August, the company purchased the former Honolulu Advertiser building from Gannett Co. for $23 million. For the past two years, CBS Productions has been using the facility as a soundstage for the “Hawaii Five-0” television series. The network has an agreement to use the space until it wraps filming the third season next spring.
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Waihonua at Kewalo High-Rise Receives Financing7 Dec 2012, 10:19 pm
Alexander & Baldwin has announced that a portion of the $206 million cost of the planned Waihonua condominium high-rise in Honolulu will be financed through a $120 million construction loan from First Hawaiian Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Bank of Hawaii and Central Pacific Bank.
Alexander & Baldwin’s subsidiary Waimanu Development L.L.C. is part of a consortium developing the high-rise under the name Kewalo Development L.L.C. and also including N1189 L.L.C., Armstrong Homes Ltd. and BSC Waihonua L.L.C., which is owned by BlackSand Capital Management, according to the Pacific Business News.
Alexander & Baldwin subsidiary Alexander & Baldwin Properties Inc. is guaranteeing as much as $20 million of the loan. The consortium has already begun construction on the the 43-story, 341-unit condominium tower in Kakaako. The building is being developed on a 1.73-acre site located between the Hawaiki and Koolani towers that was purchased in 2010 for $16 million.
Upon completion in approximately two years, the Waihonua condominium high-rise will offer one-, two- and three-bedroom units that will be priced at $400,000, $565,000 and $720,000, respectively. Design Partners Inc. of Honolulu and Pappageorge Haymes of Chicago are the project’s designers.
In other news, Orthopedic Associates of Hawaii has signed a 10-year lease for as much as 20,000 square feet at Hale Pawaa in Honolulu. The company will occupy two floors when it relocates toward the end of 2013, the Pacific Business News reports.
Orthopedic Associates is currently located at the Physicians Office Building at The Queen’s Medical Center.
“Initially, we weren’t even thinking about relocating our practice, but once we experienced Hale Pawaa’s high-quality feel and learned that the owners would provide us with an architect to help customize our entire space, we knew this is where we wanted to be to grow our business,” orthopedic surgeon Darryl Kan told the newspaper.
The Hale Pawaa medical office building is owned by Healthcare Realty Trust. It opened in 2010 and is managed by CBRE Group Inc. Hawaii Region.
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Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Completes $230M Renovation of Hawaiian Properties3 Dec 2012, 6:18 pm
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. has announced the completion of an approximately $230 million renovation of four of its Sheraton properties in Hawaii.
The multi-year revitalization project included the $188 million renewal of the Sheraton Waikiki resort on Oahu. The 31-floor hotel features 1,636 renovated rooms, new landscaping and pools, redesigned convention facilities, as well as new restaurants and bars.
Sheraton Hotels & Resorts and the properties’ owners also invested $6.5 million in the renovation of the 508-room Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, $16 million in the improvement of the 394-room Sheraton Kauai Resort, and $20 million in the remodeling of the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay.
With more than 400 hotels in 70 countries around the world, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts is Starwood’s largest and most global brand. Sheraton recently completed a $6 billion global revitalization of its properties, and is investing another $6 billion in global expansion over the next three years.
In other news, the Pacific Business News reports that the owner of the Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu has filed a supplemental environmental impact statement for the $770 million redevelopment of the 880-acre oceanfront property.
Plans call for two new hotels totaling 625 units, 590 new residential units and 160 workforce housing units to be developed over a period of 11 years.
The first phase of the expansion project could break ground in 2014 and includes the construction of 375 timeshare units and 225 residential units. Canada-based resort development firm Replay Resorts Inc. will develop the land, the newspaper reports.
Since 2010, the existing 443-room Turtle Bay Resort has been owned by a consortium of international investment management firms. The property’s expansion plans have been reduced by approximately 60 percent from an original 1985 master plan that called for the construction of 3,500 new hotel rooms and residential units.
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