The Legacy of a princess

Kamehameha Schools was founded by the will of Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the great-granddaughter of Kamehameha the Great.

Pauahi Legacy
Kamehameha Schools earns NAIOP awards for SALT at Our Kakaʻako and Haleʻiwa Store Lots

The Hawaiʻi Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) Commercial Real Estate Development Association honored Kamehameha Schools with two best in class development awards for KS’ SALT at Our Kakaʻako and Haleʻiwa Store Lots commercial projects. The awards were given as part of NAIOP Hawaiʻi’s annual Kūkulu Hale Awards Program which recognizes excellence in the commercial real estate industry.

“Kamehameha Schools is honored to receive these awards,” says Walter Thoemmes, Kamehameha Schools Commercial Real Estate managing director. “Our core business is education, and projects like SALT at Our Kakaʻako and Haleʻiwa Store Lots support vibrant educational opportunities for the lāhui.”

Over the years, KS has garnered six other awards from NAIOP. They include the highest honor, Ku Hoʻokela Landowner of the Year; development awards for Windward Mall Food Court and Six Eighty Ala Moana; new project awards for both the Maui and Hawaiʻi island campuses, as well as an award of excellence for the renovation of Kapālama Center.

“NAIOP Hawaiʻi is privileged to recognize Kamehameha Schools for its leadership in developing and improving neighborhoods and commercial centers in Hawaiʻi,” says Scott Settle, NAIOP Hawaiʻi president.  “These projects reflect Kamehameha Schools’ commitment to reinvesting in our local communities and providing Hawaiʻi’s residents outstanding places to live, shop, gather and connect.  Kamehameha Schools has helped raise the bar for development excellence in our state, and we look forward to their future projects.”  

About SALT at Our Kakaʻako
Named after the paʻakai (Hawaiian for “salt”) ponds that once dotted the low-lying wetlands of this area, SALT at Our Kaka‘ako is Honolulu’s innovative epicenter for local culture, food, shopping, and events. Comprising 85,000 square feet of a dynamic mixture of local small business and national brands, SALT is an urban city block designed for exploration and engagement for retail, restaurants, and services. This groundbreaking gathering place in the heart of Our Kakaʻako is where new makers and new ideas converge.  For more information, visit

About Haleʻiwa Store Lots
Located in the heart of Hale‘iwa Town, the plantation-inspired Hale‘iwa Store Lots is an open-air retail center that is inspired by the area’s unique and historic charm. Spanning 27,300 square feet, the store lots offer gathering spaces and courtyards for both local residents and visitors to enjoy. This North Shore destination is home to 20 locally operated businesses, many with North Shore roots. For more information, visit