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Our Kakaako open house event to showcase new developments

The MacNaughton Group & Kobayashi Group’s VIDA at 888 Ala Moana

Prospective homebuyers in the market for property in urban Honolulu will get a chance to see all that Our Kakaako has to offer at the first district-wide open house on Sunday, Sept. 28, from noon to 5 p.m.

“Our Kakaako Open Home” will showcase the variety of residential housing opportunities offered by local developers and Kamehameha Schools in the new neighborhood.

The free event is designed to give residents an overview of both residential and commercial redevelopment within the 29-acre, nine-block master-planned neighborhood bounded by South and Halekauwila streets, and Ala Moana Boulevard and Ward Avenue.

Walking tours will start at the Our Kakaako Information Center at 660 Ala Moana Blvd. Free parking is available at an open lot at 555 South St. Maps and brochures will be distributed to registrants, who will have the option of self-guided walking tours or walking tours conducted by Our Kakaako representatives.

Tours will make stops at various development projects within the nine-block neighborhood. Sales offices will be open at major residential properties — Stanford Carr Development’s Keauhou Place, Alexander & Baldwin Properties Inc.’s The Collection, The MacNaughton Group & Kobayashi Group’s VIDA at 888 Ala Moana and Castle & Cooke Hawaii’s 400 Keawe. Tour participants will have an opportunity to visit with the developers to obtain specific information about pricing, floor plans and availability.

Those interested in renting in Kakaako will be able to obtain information at a rental booth that will be set up on the route. The first Our Kakaako project is a residential rental, Six Eighty Ala Moana, formerly an office building converted to loft-style apartments by Kamehameha Schools and completed in November 2012. It now consists of 54 affordably priced studios and one-bedroom units with commercial space at street level.

Commercial components of the Our Kakaako masterplan will also be highlighted in the tour.

Art exhibitions and homebuyer seminars will be additional features of the Our Kakaako Open Home special event. Warehouses at 445 and 449 Cooke Street will be the venue of a variety of two- and three-dimensional art installations by local, Mainland U.S. and international artists. Bank of Hawaii and the Hawaii HomeOwnership Center will present homebuyer seminars at the Kakaako Agora at 441 Cooke St. from noon to 5 p.m. Designed by Tokyo-based architect Atelier Bow-Wow, Kakaako Agora was conceived as a staging area for cultural and special events. The 3,225-square-foot warehouse is the first multi-purpose, publicly accessible indoor park of its kind in urban Honolulu.

Additional details can be obtained from the Our Kakaako Information Center, which is open during business hours Monday through Friday.

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