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Historic Ala Moana Pumping Station

KIA Networking Event cont.

WCIT Architecture is an architecture, interior design, planning, environmental graphics, and design practice that was founded in 2000 in Kakaˈako. Our work is wide ranging, but rooted in pstorytelling and integrating culture, community, local values, and a sense of innovation, craft, and hospitality into every project, whether commercial, residential, educational, healthcare, or public and community-based design and development. Within Kakaˈako in recent years we’ve worked on Nohona Hale, Waiea, Nobu, Blaisdell, Kakaako Makai, Ward Village and Kakaˈako West masterplans. Our passion for community engagement and activating public spaces expands outside of the office with our non-profit Malama Kipuka Hawaiˈi, which has worked to clean-up, maintain, activate, and beautify Mother Waldron Park, Cooke Street, Kakaˈako mini park and nearby Cartwright Neighborhood Park.

Welcome to KIA

First Foundation Bank

Emari Hunn

500 Ala Moana Blvd, #2A

Honolulu, HI 96813

P (808) 265-7635


Special Announcement

Those attending the KIA Networking Event in October were the first to know of the upcoming KIA Membership Directory for 2023-2025.  The last “printed” directory was for 2013-2015, when the KIA website ( was in full swing.  The purpose of a printed directory is three-fold:  (1) KIA members will be listed for fellow members to contact when products or services are needed, (2) distribution to be to all KIA members for their staff and/or clients to use and (3) copies will be distributed to non-KIA businesses and residents in Kakaako to seek and use KIA members.

The only way the directory can be produced is through paid advertisements.  In the past, ALL directories did not cost KIA a penny, since the layout, printing, postage, distribution, etc. was covered by ad sales. The directory will be printed in full color and be 5-1/2” wide by 8-1/2” high, stapled at the side.  There will be only three sizes of ads being accepted: full page, half page and quarter page.  Only KIA members may place an ad.  Anyone interested in making a commitment to submit an ad can do so any time from now until March 6, 2023, although space will be limited.  The ad form will be placed in the KIA December newsletter but email commitments will be accepted.

KIA News

The Children’s Discovery Center will hold their “Thanksgiving STEAM Workshop” on Saturday, November 19th to celebrate Thanksgiving with experiments, building challenges and creative projects. Registration is available at  Then on Sunday, November 20th they will hold their “Hawaiian Airlines Aviation Day” to celebrate National Aviation History Month with special activities by Hawaiian Airlines.

KIA Networking Event

Eleven KIA member companies attended the first in-person KIA Networking Event since 2020 and all agreed that it was a great event to meet and learn about fellow members. The large table in the Waterfront Plaza conference room had chairs all around it and everyone made a short presentation, then more conversation was had after. Each company would like to share a little about them:

has been a Commercial Real Estate Brokerage for over 60 years serving Kakaako business owners with Sales, Leasing and Property Management . They are proud members of KIA for over 20 years. For your real estate business needs, contact them at 808-544-1600.

dooplikit provides 3D scanning services for people, pets and objects in order to produce 3D-printed scale replicas from 4” to 12” in height in full-color, in metals, in plastics and in other materials. We also offer "doopSPIN by dooplikit," a unique event experience concept created in Hawaii for weddings, parties or other events. doopSPIN allows you to view and manipulate your raw scan in 3D space with your choice of our standard or customized panoramic backgrounds. Book a scanning appointment or contact us to learn more about doopSPIN at

KIA’s newest member is First Foundation Bank, who offers Business Services, Business/Personal Banking to Investments to Philanthropy services. Whether you need operating account, payment processor, or open a line of credit they can help! If you are in need of building up your board’s skills in storytelling they can also help.  Building relationship is their focus.  They are located on the ground floor of Waterfront Plaza.  Call Emari Hunn at 808-265-7635 for more information.

Where Next for Your Operation? Discover configurable solutions to increase the value of your parking asset by integrating parking equipment, pay with your phone, text options for monthly parker, data analytics, EV charging stations and much more through the cloud. In ten short years, Flash Parking evolved from a start up to an industry leader powering the parking evolution of a full turn key mobility ecosystem. For more information, please contact Nicole Nakano - Regional Sales Manager - Hawaii & Guam for all your parking mobility needs at

Hui Car Share is owned and operated by Servco Pacific Inc. KIA members who subscribe

with a fleet of 180 vehicles located at 65 stations across the island.  They offer an easy-to-use alternative to vehicle ownership or rental.  Vehicles are available 24/7 and can be booked by the hour or day using Hui’s easy-to-use mobile app.  Insurance, gas, cleaning and maintenance included.  Check out

A local nonprofit, Kupu provides hands-on training programs that educate and mentor youth to become stewards of Hawai’i's culture and environment, helping them to develop a strong connection to the place in which we live. Since 2007, Kupu has risen to meet the increasing demands of the green economy by training over 5,200 youth in the areas of conservation, sustainability and environmental education.  The Hawaiian notion of “ma ka hana ka ‘ike,” or in working, one learns had led them to the creation of hundreds of internships and service-learning opportunities, which blend vocational training and green leadership development to support hundreds of partner sites across Hawai’i and the Pacific region.

MD Restoration is a local, family-owned restoration company that has been around for 20 years. They provide 24 hour water extraction and are an “all-in-one” company providing mitigation, demo, and repair services. They also offer asbestos abatement, mold remediation, carpet & upholstery cleaning, and general contracting services. For more information on their services, please call 808-528-3434.

The Waterfront Plaza, where the KIA Networking Event was held, is managed by Parallel Capital Partners, and has their office near the parking lot of the building.  The conference room can be reserved by tenants only; however, KIA is fortunate that they are a member who offers two networking events a year at no charge.  It is a great location downtown, with almost 100% occupancy. Their parking lot is also offered to area organizations when there are big events in Kakaako.

The Executive Director of KIA is Sherry A. Goya, LLC, who started her business in 1993 to service individuals and small companies with their marketing needs.  She is the Executive Director of two other associations, and has a number of clients who use her skills in creating, printing, and distributing post cards, newsletter, brochures, flyers, etc. Sherry also owns Real Estate Referral Center, Inc. which has over thirty licensees who refer clients to real estate companies for a referral commission.

Smart Money Hawaii is a locally owned and operated mortgage broker based on Oahu and serving the entire state.  They help educate and advise new and seasoned homeowners on the process of a home loan and help prepare them for an upcoming purchase or refinance.  They want to hear about your home goals and be your resources to achieve them.  Feel free to reach out to