New Mall Ka Makana Ali'i – The Leeward Side is in High Demand

The excitement is buzzing, Ka Makana Ali’i is due to open fall of 2016 in West Oahu. The West side is currently the fastest growing region in Oahu. Ka Makana Ali’i will serve as the central gathering place for all of West Oahu. With the upcoming expansion of 80,000 new homes projected to be built by 2025, the rail project, and Ka Makana Ali’i opening in the fall, the West side is in high demand.

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Macy’s will be the first store to open on September 1, 2016

Driving by Ka Makana Ali’i on Kapolei Parkway, the first thing you see is Macy’s. The building shines of pride and ownership. As you approach the mall, the gorgeous aqua blue and grey signs of Ka Makana Ali’i welcome you in the front, side, and back entrances. Macy’s will be the first store to open on September 1, 2016 and the grand opening celebration is slated for September 30, 2016.

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Hawaii’s first Hampton Inns & Suites

Standing tall in the background is the first Hampton Inns & Suites in Hawaii that will offer visitors a place to stay and enjoy the beauty of the West side. New lanes and a signal have been added to Kapolei Parkway and Roosevelt Ave. for the growth and expansion.

New Stores & Restaurants

Amongst the 150 stores and restaurants that will occupy this 1.4 million-square-foot regional mallspace, Applebee’s will be opening a 5,548 square foot restaurant in Ka Makana Ali’i. Joining Applesbee’s, Kickin Kajun, Koa Pancake House, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Wendy’s, L&L, Hawaiian Barbeque, Panda Express, and Subway will also be occupying a space at Ka Makana Ali’i.

Other tenants include:

  • Macy’s
  • H&M
  • Forever 21
  • Victoria’s Secret
  • Bath & Body Works
  • Gap
  • Banana Republic
  • Old Navy
  • Skechers
  • Kay Jewelers
  • 24 Hour Fitness
  • Ho‘āla Salon and Spa
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Luibueno’s
  • AT&T
  • Zales
  • Zumiez
  • Rix Island Wear
  • Town & Country Surf Designs
  • Reyn Spooner
  • Plus Interiors
  • Nagoya Ramen
  • Auntie Anne’s
  • Cinnabon
  • Gloria Jean’s Coffee
  • State-of-the-art Consolidated Theatres
  • Petsmart
  • Hampton Inn & Suites (Hawai‘i’s first!)

Until next time, live with Aloha!

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Tim Coyle

May 8, 2009

Interesting and informative blog. I, like many others would like to live the dream of a sustainable organic farm. Coffee, cacao, etc… Can you tell me what size of operation is economically sustainable? Exclusive of debt service, grossing +/- $100k?

Just missed the hippie movement in the 60’s, and sorry I did.



Sagar Hallal, RA

May 8, 2009

Tim, that really is impossible to answer – totally depends on the crop. I know of a local sprout operation, very self-contained (that is for sale, by the way), that nets approximately 100K. Every crop is going to have a different profit profile. Probably best to consult some of the various Hawaii Ag agencies and Organic Farming groups – the economics of farming operations is always a germane subject with them.

As Realtors, our main focus as Buyer’s agents would be to help farmers acquire land as cheaply as possible – it’s my understanding that debt service is what usually sinks farm operations.

As an agriculture enthusiast, it’s my strong feeling that the demand for and profitability of local agricultural operations can only increase. There is a strong movement to make Kauai food sustainable, and I know several “small” organic farmers who are supporting themselves and their families.

Byron Barth

May 19, 2009

Aloha Sagar! Your recent blogs have been very well written, thorough and very, very interesting! In your first one, you stated that the Big Island has (other than lava zones to contend with) a “limited infrastructure.” From what do you base this comment? And, were you referring to utilities, fire & police protection, hospitals, etc.? Please comment. I am looking forward to your next posting. Keep up the great work!! Mahalo from your #1 Fan! -Byron

Sagar Hallal

May 19, 2009

Thanks for the kudos, Byron.

Regarding limited infrastructure on Hawaii Island, I was referring to parts of the island with lower-priced land (specifically Puna, south of Hilo, and the Oceanview Estates subdivision near South Point) where many of the subdivisions are lacking water service – relying instead on catchment – with some even without electrical service. Also, paved roads are the exception and not the rule in those parts.

Can’t really comment on hospitals and fire & police protection; I’m assuming that they’ve got the island covered in those areas – after all, everyone does still pay property taxes – although the greater travel distances there might come into play in those regards.

Byron Barth

May 20, 2009

Aloha, Sagar.

Thanks for the reply. Your explanation makes sense and completes your article for me. Mahalo! The areas such as Orchid Land Estates, HOVE and many other areas of the Big Island that don’t have as “robust” an infrastructure as say, Kailua-Kona or Hilo, are indeed much more laid back, possessing an easier and simpler lifestyle.

Best regards.

Sterling C. Chisholm (R)

September 9, 2009

Sagar, While I am not an attorney I have sold enough CPR properties here on Kauai over the years to suggest that you contact a competent attorney to get all of the facts on CPR developments and set the table with this information…daunting as it is, before you unnecessarily scare the pants off of people who really do not know the score regarding ag land, CPR development and ADU permits and,…. who often confuse the latter two issues thinking this is the case for all ag land. I have a client who e-mailed me your article whom I have sold several ag CPR unit to in the past and who was quite concerned about not being able to build on her AG CPR units. I think that you will find that on small ag properties less than four acres where only one house can be built per the zoning laws, an ADU permit is required for a second home. The ordinance that supports this ADU permitting process is due to sunset on December 15 of 2009. If you also check further into this matter you will find that this rulling does not apply to ag lots larger than four acres where the current zoning allows for 1 house on the first acre and another house on the second three acres and so forth and so on. It is this zoning density issue(number of homes per acre) that the CPR unit size configuration was designed around and why this ADU permit business doesn’t apply here. If you already have a ag CPR unit in existence on a lot over four acres, there shouldn’t be a problem….but check with your attorney first as I am just a dumb Realtor. Aloha, Sterling C. Chisholm (R)GRI, Aloha Sterling Properties.

Sagar Hallal, RA

September 20, 2009

Thanks for your comment, Sterling. I’m sorry that your client got unnecessarily frightened on account of my article. I don’t think I implied that all house sites on ag land would be affected by the ADU sunset – in fact, I pretty clearly stated that it only pertains to ADU rights that were “converted” from Guest House rights. Unfortunately, a blog post has limited space to set the table with the kind of background information that would give a comprehensive view of a particular topic.

But, for non-Realtors, here’s a bit that’s relevant here: On Kauai, a piece of land zoned “Agriculture”, that has not already been subject to a CPR division, typically qualifies for a home and a guest house for a parcel of one acre or larger, with an additional house right granted for each additional 3 acres of size. Hence, a 10 acre piece would typically qualify for 4 homes and a guest house, while a 9 acre piece would qualify for 3 homes and a guest house. It is that guest house right that can sometimes be converted to an “ADU”, and it is THAT ADU that will be affected by the proposed “ADU sunset”.

An additional bit of information is that there is a movement afoot, currently involving hearings by the Kauai County Council, to extend the “sunset” by an additional number of years. We will see how that plays out…

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October 17, 2009

I’m really confused now about the ADU. If a guest house has been built and signed off on in a CPR of 5 units and guest house, is the guest house eligible to become a dwelling unit? Note: the certificate of completion for the guest house calls it an additional dwelling unit. Where would I find the answer.

Sagar Hallal

October 17, 2009

Gail, here’s an article from today’s Garden Island that details the latest info: http://kauaiworld.com/articles/2009/10/17/news/kauai_news/doc4ad9791dcab62733642419.txt

Basically, they are saying that they intend to extend the ADU Sunset another 5 years; but, they say that it will only apply to existing ADU’s: “the extension would only apply to those who already have a facilities clearance form in hand or submitted, and would not open the process up to any new applicants”.

So, in answer to your question, if it’s not already an ADU, it can’t become one. If it HAS been converted to an ADU, then the extension of the Sunset applies. You’re probably best off just bringing the C of O down to the Planning Dept. and asking them which it is.

Hope that helped…


October 27, 2009

Thank you, Sagar, I will do that.

Angela Rothweiler

July 15, 2011

We are a family of three wanting to move off our homestead in Kansas to run a farm full-time. Our ideal situation would be an already established organic farm where the owner is looking to retire and will provide mentoring.

We are college educated, been gardening all our lives, and ready to make the move to a longer growing season. We are open to do a lease-to-own, crop share, co-own and operate etc. We are energetic, highly motivated self-starters with extensive know-how and experience with organic/biodynamic/sustainable/permaculture techniques, growing and marketing, dairy/meat goats, sheep, equine, and poultry and basic maintenance to manage a farm.

Please feel free to contact us with any possible matches in any part of the world and for more detailed information, resume, and interview.

We are seeking assistance through farmlinking programs in California, Oregon, Washington, and Virginia. I have included below California Farmlink’s Mission Statement so that you may better understand our goal.
California FarmLink’s Mission
Our mission is to build family farming and conserve farmland in California by linking aspiring and retiring farmers; and promoting techniques and disseminating information that facilitate intergenerational farm transitions.
California agricultural land is being developed at ever increasing rates. Meanwhile, California farmers age 65 and over outnumber farmers under the age of 25 by approximately 60 to one. Aspiring farmers face numerous obstacles to achieving their dreams. These include a lack of information about financing options and other resources crucial to their success. Retiring farmers lack information about proven, innovative ways to keep land in agricultural production while simultaneously meeting financial goals related to retirement and estate planning.

The number of California farmers under the age of 35 declined 43% between 1992 and 2002. California FarmLink works to reverse this trend and ensure the future of family farming in California.
The future of agricultural production and the viability of productive, diversified, and sustainable farms is far too important to be left to a random process of “marry or inherit”. California FarmLink provides a range of services to facilitate a transition from one farm owner to the next.
Thank you,


May 12, 2013

I’m looking for a rural land on the west side of Kauai with spring water, away from city or planned neighborhoods, want to live off the Grid, build a log home, do some organic farming, and hen house. How do I go about finding something like that. that does not cost me all my savings.


February 8, 2018

Well Aloha, when I came home after being away for over 20 years. I cried, because I am from the West side up in Makakilo / Kapolei area. To see all the changes within the Island it looks so sad. If our Kings and Queens was to see what people have done to the Island they would be very disappointed like me.
I understand that it has to grow but what about all the nature and the real life of Hawaii. To build a Monorail really and to take the land that grew the sugar cane and pineapples wow so sad. I get people needs jobs well remove those that are not legal on the Island and that is the ones that are doing a lot of the crimes. People wants to be seen and not heard and what I am saying those people want others to praise them for their great work but not realizing that the Island is not paradise it is ugh not sure what it is now days.
All I can say is yes the new mall looks nice but when people like me come back home to visit it is just heart breaking.

Don’t mind me its just that our Hawaii Nei is sad and if the people that keeps building things like crazy do not see or feel it well they really don’t have a heart of the Island.

Sadden Me,

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