Exciting news for West Oahu residents is the new 1.4M square foot Ka Makana Ali’i mall that will be built in partnership with DeBartolo Development and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL).
It is a mixed-use project that will encompass 150+ shops, restaurants, and entertainment options, plus 2 hotels and office space. The anchor tenants will be Macy’s and Consolidated Theatres, which will boast reclining seats and food from local chefs.
Other tenants include Walgreens, H&M and Hampton Inn Suites’ first hotel in Hawaii, with affordable rates for both Kama’aina and tourists. The mall will sit on 67 acres, with lots of parking, conveniently near the highway access, and at the start of the Honolulu rail transit system.
The first phase is slated to be complete in late 2016, and will be the majority of the project, covering about 90 businesses in 700,000 square feet. In total Ka Makana Ali’I, which translates to “Royal Gift”, will create 3,000 construction jobs and 6,500 more permanent jobs. It will be the go-to place for Oahu’s second city to work, live, and play.
The DHHL is leasing their land to DeBartolo for its first development here in the state. DeBartolo will have a 65-year lease, where they will pay over $1Billion in revenue to DHHL. This in turn will go toward Hawaiian Homestead homes for native Hawaiians and other DHHL initiatives throughout the state.
Besides homes for native Hawaiians, this second city is projected to support over 80,000 new homes by 2025. The familiar residential developers in Kapolei are DR Horton and Castle & Cooke. Ka Makana Ali’I will be on the corner of Kualaka’i and Kapolei Parkway, and is the first regional shopping center to be built on the island in over 30 years.