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This rendering offers a birds-eye view of Waiānuenue, the initial phase of the Kapaʻakea redevelopment in Mōʻiliʻili

Kamehameha Schools introduces Waiānuenue: First phase of Kapaʻakea redevelopment in Mōʻiliʻili

Project is intended to enhance the community-serving retail experience in Mō'ili'ili

Jun. 15, 2023

Kamehameha Schools' commercial real estate team has unveiled plans for the initial phase of the Kapaʻakea redevelopment in Mōʻiliʻili, which will be centered around education, culture, and commercial real estate. The project, known as Waiānuenue, aims to modernize the area while paying homage to its rich history and diverse culture.

At the forefront of the redevelopment is a focus on education and students. The project envisions creating a vibrant community where both kamaʻāina and haumāna can experience innovation, entrepreneurism, sustainability, and culture-based learning. With its proximity to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Kapaʻakea is poised to become a hub of growth and innovation, supporting the entrepreneurial spirit that the neighborhood has long fostered.

In addition to its educational emphasis, the Waiānuenue project will enhance the community's retail experience. The plan includes refreshed structures that will house a mix of local, national, and entrepreneurial retailers, catering to the lifestyle of the neighborhood. Furthermore, pedestrian-centric connectivity will be improved to create a more efficient and safer walkable environment, promoting community engagement and a sense of togetherness.

Breaking ground in the summer of 2024, the Waiānuenue project is scheduled to open in late 2025. The redevelopment will encompass the Varsity Center, East-West Building, 2535 Coyne Street, and the surrounding parking lots, connecting community, education, and commerce. Kapaʻakea aspires to be a thriving commercial and residential community, fostering innovation, culture-based learning, and sustainability.

Importantly, the financial returns from Waiānuenue will support education initiatives throughout Kamehameha Schools' Vision 2040, benefiting early learning, K-12 education, college and career readiness, as well as community programs.

Waiānuenue, meaning "rainbow in the freshwater springs of Kapaʻakea," serves as a symbol of connection between Mānoa Valley and Waikīkī. It represents cultural diversity, intellectual boldness, innovative energy, and entrepreneurial spirit, making it a place where memories are made and shared for a lifetime. Kapaʻakea, nestled between Mānoa and Waikīkī, aims to bring people together, promoting innovation, culture-based learning, and sustainability, all while honoring the community's history and heritage.

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