Kamehameha Schools (KS) is embarking on an exciting journey to revitalize the ma kai region of Kapālama ahupua‘a.
Kapālama Kai is located in the heart of the Iwilei-Kapālama area, minutes from Downtown Honolulu and a short walk from the future Niuhelewai Rail Station.
The district is on the verge of transition. KS, along with other large landowners and government agencies, is evaluating opportunities to create a community that can benefit from transit and the area’s strategic location in the urban core.
In 2018, KS created the Kapālama Kai Plan (KKP) — a master plan that aligns commercial properties, educational outcomes and community building to direct a 20-year vision for this area.
KKP updates the long-term vision and use of KS’ 105 acres of commercial lands in the Kapālama ahupuaʻa with a focus on fostering a strong industrial business base, improved availability of kamaʻāina housing, and an integrated transit-oriented community.
The KKP looks to add 4,500 to 5,000 units of mixed-use housing to the state’s limited inventory. With over 50% of acres dedicated to industrial use, the area’s industrial footprint will be maintained—creating an economic resource and job center equipped to host new ventures.
Once realized, the Kapālama Kai community will serve as a piko for collaboration focused on creating opportunities for physical and programmatic connections that advance educational outcomes and create pathways for all learners.
Kapālama is a place of transformation where ‘āina serves as a foundation for connectivity and access, enabling an inclusive mixed-use community of families. Kapālama stimulates industry and commerce, building on its proven performance as an economic resource and job center to host new ventures. Kapālama creates opportunities for physical and programmatic connections that advance educational outcomes, enable servant leaders, and amplify impacts for ‘ohana and communities within and beyond the region.