Ward Village Shops is Hawaii's premier street shopping, dining and entertainment destination, located in the heart of Kaka`ako and just minutes from world-famous Waikiki.
Consisting of five pedestrian-friendly shopping "neighborhoods," Ward Village Shops is a community gathering place for all – locals and visitors alike.
Shoppers can explore the 135 unique stores (many found nowhere else); choose from 40 dining options (including a great happy hour) or see a movie at the state's most popular 16-screen entertainment complex.
Ward Village Shops is also home to many national retailers including Bed Bath & Beyond, Famous Footwear, Nordstrom Rack, Pier 1 Imports, Ross Dress For Less, Sports Authority and TJ Maxx.
Over the next decade, The Howard Hughes Corporation, owner and operator of Ward Village Shops will transform Ward Village Shops into Ward Village, a vibrant neighborhood offering unique retail experiences, exceptional residences and affordable housing set among dynamic public open spaces and pedestrian friendly streets.
The redevelopment by The Howard Hughes Corporation, the largest private land owner in Kaka‘ako, is a key component of the area's planned revitalization, and represents one of the last opportunities to share the face of urban Honolulu. The vision for Ward Village is consistent with the master plan approved by the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA). In January, 2011, The Howard Hughes Corporation entered into a development agreement with the HCDA, which allowed for up to 9.3 million total square feet of mixed-use development, including more than 4,000 residential units and over one million square feet of retail and other commercial space. To learn more about the future Ward Village, please visit www.wardvillage.com.
The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Our properties include master planned communities, operating properties, development opportunities and other unique assets spanning 18 states from New York to Hawai‘i. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC and is headquartered in Dallas, TX. For additional information about HHC, visit www.howardhughes.com.
DEVELOPMENT INFORMATION and FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is Ward Village good for Oahu?
Ward Village is good for O'ahu. Our master plan allows for development in O'ahu's urban core, which helps to "keep the country country". By building greater density in the urban core, we relieve pressure to develop our island's open spaces and agricultural lands.
Ward Village uses far less land than suburban sprawl and takes advantage of existing infrastructure. It would take around 800 acres of agricultural land to fit the same number of homes in the suburbs that we can fit on 60 acres at Ward Village.
Is there infrastructure to support the development?
Ward Village currently has sufficient infrastructure. Additionally, we are making significant contributions to improve infrastructure by constructing improvements with individual projects and by paying infrastructure impact fees for each project. Each project requires that we complete studies and work with the City to confirm if infrastructure capacity is sufficient or if improvements must be made to accommodate new development.
Aren't we just building luxury housing?
We are building a range of different product types, including affordable housing and market rate housing.
20% of all of the units we build must be reserved for income restricted housing. Our 988 Halekauwila project directly fulfills this requirement and will include affordable rentals.
Our market rate housing will serve many different income levels. For example, the condos in the Whole Foods project will be priced below Waiea and Anaha to appeal to a broader range of the local market.
The market rate housing that we build allows us to build affordable housing by subsidizing its construction. Affordable housing in the urban core is either built with subsidies from the public sector (funded by taxpayers) or subsidized by profits from market rate housing, which is at no cost to tax payers.
Aren't we kicking out all of the local tenants?
The development of Ward Village will occur in phases and occur over 15 plus years. Our team is working closely with each of our tenants to determine their plans should they be impacted by development. Some of our tenants have relocated to other parts of our property or are planning to do so. There are also tenants who for other reasons are choosing to close their business at Ward or move elsewhere. We are working individually with each tenant to assist them throughout this process. Our future retail plans for Ward Village include showcasing the same mix of mostly local small businesses and some national retailers that you see at Ward today. We look forward to continuing to maintain retail as a key component of Ward Village in the future.
What's in it for me if I don't live in Ward Village?
The future Ward Village will offer great public amenities, making it a place where I want to work and play. All of the public facilities will be built and managed by Ward Village at no cost to taxpayers. These include:
- A Central Plaza – Ward Village will include a Central Plaza that connects Kewalo to the Ward Village rail station.
- Complete Streets – The property will include bike lanes, wide sidewalks, new street trees and landscaping, making it a great place to travel and play throughout the property.
- An Improved Kewalo Harbor – Ward Village plans to invest over $20 million in Kewalo Harbor to create an improved community amenity while supporting many local small businesses and connecting people with the water.
Ward Village will bring better shopping, dining, and entertainment facilities to the area, focused on serving the local people in Hawaii. It will continue to be a place where I take my family and friends to shop, eat and play.
This project will provide a huge positive impact on our state at large, including significant increases in City and State tax revenues. The State and the City will receive significant increases in revenue that go to general funds to pay for government services throughout the islands, including:
- $700 Million in one-time state tax revenue over 15 years
- $31 Million in annual new property tax revenue to City & County
Jobs – Ward Village will provide substantial jobs for construction workers and permanent employment with new retail and residential building operation – creating a great impact on the jobs industry in our local community.