The Kaiāulu ‘o Kaka‘ako Master Plan (KKMP), approved in 2009 by the Hawai‘i Community Development Authority (HCDA), encompasses 29 acres on nine city blocks of KS’ land in Kaka‘ako. Increment I of the master plan has been completed, and KS, along with its development partners, are in the planning stages for Increment II.
Under Increment II, KS and its development partners will continue to provide a variety of accessible housing options for kama‘āina in Our Kaka‘ako with additional affordable, workforce and market-priced housing, as well as retail and public open spaces.
Our Kaka‘ako is a mixed use master planned community by Kamehameha Schools (KS), whose mission is to improve the capability and well-being of people of Hawaiian ancestry through education. Through the legacy of its founder, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, KS has been endowed with approx. 365,000 acres statewide, only 1% of which is classified as commercial, including the 29 acres in Our Kaka‘ako. KS relies on the value and funds received from its commercial properties’ land holdings, as part of the larger endowment, to fund its statewide educational system, which serves more than 45,000 learners.
Kamehameha Schools is committed to the sustainable and culturally appropriate stewardship of its lands. KS’ 2040 Strategic Vision seeks, within a generation, to develop a thriving lāhui, where its learners achieve postsecondary success, embrace Hawaiian values and contribute to their communities. Our Kaka‘ako is an important element of KS achieving this vision.
To create a progressive, 21st century living community that will act as a catalyst for innovation and nurture the evolution of a vibrant urban-island culture within a beautiful, healthy and sustainable neighborhood.
The high demand and low inventory of affordable housing in Hawai‘i remains a significant challenge contributing to a variety of hardships and the exodus of kama‘āina residents leaving the state. The Hawai‘i Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism 2020 - 2030
Measuring Housing Demand report forecasts demand for an additional 36,200 to 46,600 housing units statewide during the 2020 - 2030 period, and 15,900 - 29,200 housing units for Honolulu County.
KS recognizes the importance of providing affordable housing to the people of Hawai‘i. The Our Kaka‘ako master plan calls for developing a variety of residential options – for rent and for sale – to people and families of diverse income levels.