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Historic Ala Moana Pumping Station

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KIA Member Referral Program

Look around at your business neighbors or anyone who would benefit from being a member of the Kakaako Improvement Association. Like you, anyone who lives, works or plays in Kakaako would be a good KIA member. This nonprofit association started in August 1997 to unite Kakaako in an effort to make it a dynamic place for everyone.

Let potential members know about the KIA monthly newsletter (past issues are on our website at, and the two General Membership Meetings and two networking events to meet fellow members and learn from experts or each other.

The 2023 KIA Membership Referral Program stared May 1st and expires December 31st of this year. If the program works well this year, it may be extended in 2024. The form is attached to this month's newsletter and can be downloaded here.  If there are any questions, please contact Sherry Goya, KIA Executive Director at 808-722-8487 or

KIA Directory

Copies of the 2023-2025 KIA Membership Directory have been distributed throughout Kakaako, thanks to many KIA members. Copies were given to all parents of the preschool students at KCAA Muriel Preschool, staff and residents of 1350 Ala Moana, Waihonu and Anaha, staff and customers of Central Pacific Bank, First Foundation Bank, Logos Bookstore of Hawaii, Down to Earth, and Territorial Savings, staff and students of Kupu and the John A. Burns School of Medicine, staff of The Wedding Ring Shop, Kaiser Permanente, and Sofos Realty.

Sherry Goya, KIA Executive Director, will also be happy to deliver copies to your office, while supplies last. For those who wish to email the PDF of the entire 2023-2025 KIA Membership Directory, it can be found at Feel free to download and email to your staff, family, friends, customers, etc. so that they may be able to work with a valued member of the Kakaako Improvement Association.

KIA General Membership Meeting

Save the date for the second and last KIA General Membership Meeting for 2023, to be held at Dave & Buster's on Wednesday, August 30th, starting at 11:30am. Information of the speakers will be in the July KIA newsletter.

Have you stopped by Down to Earth, located at 500 Keawe Street lately? You will be blown away by their deli and buffet bars, especially if you want to take the day or night off from preparing your meals. There is a wide variety of ready-to-go food; however, if you want to sit and enjoy a meal, there is a big area of tables and chairs. BUT, they also have soooo many other things that you may need, hey, it’s Kakaako's neighborhood store! Down to Earth is open daily from 7am to 10pm; however, the deli closes at 9pm.

Don't forget to get your Father's Day card or gift from Logos Bookstore of Hawaii, located on the ground level of Ward Center, next to Genki Sushi. They have been a long-time KIA member and a personal friend of mine...that's why I receive their monthly email newsletter and can give KIA members information about their shop. All KIA members can email me articles, pictures, stories, or events to put in the KIA monthly newsletter. Don't be shy, let your fellow KIA members know if there is a special Kakaako event, a sale you're having, historical information about your company, etc.   

Hawaiian Electric was represented at the April 26th KIA Networking Event and wanted to let the membership know that they were established in 1891, and is committed to empowering its customers and communities by providing affordable, reliable, clean and sustainable energy. As the next millennium unfolds, the company is committed to providing quality service and seeking clean local energy sources to power generations of Hawaii families and businesses to come. Their Goal: Build a cost-effective and diverse portfolio of renewable energy resources and technologies that will help Hawaii achieve 100% renewable energy by 2045.