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Historic Ala Moana Pumping Station

KIA News

Sherry Goya, KIA Executive Director,held her grandson’s 2nd birthday party at KIA's member Children's Discovery Center in February. A great time was had by everyone, as they enjoyed the three floors of activities. If you haven't stopped by with your children or grandchildren, you are missing a “Gem in Kakaako.” Visit them at 111 Ohe Street, check their website at or call 808-524-5437.

Greetings from KCAA Muriel Preschool, who has been a part of the thriving Ward Village neighborhood since 1992, and KCAA Preschools has been in operation for more than 125 years. Their program provides a nurturing and fun environment for ages 2.3 – 5 years of age. If you would like to know more about their other four locations, please visit our website at or call us at (808) 593-0567. The entire preschool community would like to thank the Kaka`ako Improvement Association for their continued ALOHA and support throughout the years.   

Dr. Jerris Hedges, from the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), retired after 15 years as their dean earlier this month. For all the time he was the dean, JABSOM has been a valuable KIA member. In 2007, KIA celebrated their 20th anniversary by having a meeting in the JABSOM auditorium, a tour of the school, and a pupu reception in their cafeteria. Dr. Hedges has also been a speaker at two KIA General Membership Meetings over the past 15 years. KIA wishes him a “happy retirement!”

Dean Hedges is leaving JABSOM in the hands of Dr. Lee Buenconsejo-Lum, the former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Designated Institutional Official, and Graduate Medical Education Director. She began serving as interim dean on March 1, 2023.

2023-2025 KIA Membership Directory

Work has begun on the 2023-2025 KIA Membership Directory so that it can be complete and distributed in April. KIA member information will be printed in order for fellow members to use their services or buy their products. KIA members should renew their membership in order to be listed and receive a copy.

Mahalo to the KIA members who have placed an advertisement in the directory:

Central Pacific Bank

Children’s Discovery Center


KCAA Muriel Preschool


MD Restoration

Obun Hawaii

Sherry A. Goya, LLC

Territorial Savings Bank

WCIT Architecture, Inc.

HCDA Public Hearings

RE: Development Permit Application for Victoria Ward, Limited, Land Block 5, Project 3 (Launiu) within the Ward Neighborhood Master Plan Area at 928 Ala Moana Blvd.

HCDA is requesting public review, comments and recommendations, with public hearings to be held on April 5th (Presentation Hearing), April 6th (Modification Hearing) and June 7th (Decision-Making Hearing), all starting at 9am. They would appreciate receiving any comments by March 24th. The development permit application can be accessed and downloaded from the HCDA website at

The applicant is proposing to build a single tower, 486-unit residential, mixed-use condominium, located on a 65-foot-high parking podium and ground floor commercial/retail space. On the ground level, the project will include approximately 170 square feet of open space, and approximately 78,310 square feet of recreational space with amenities. A total of approximately 759 parking stalls will be located in the 65-foot-high parking podium. Residential and commercial loading areas and public bicycle parking are proposed as part of the project.