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Historic Ala Moana Pumping Station

KIA Wine & Pupu with Chuck Furuya

A big Mahalo goes out to those who attended this year’s first Wine & Pupui event on Wednesday, March 29th with Master Sommelier Chuck Furuya, and held at Vino, which is located at Waterfront Plaza previously known as Restaurant Row. They were recently featured as Travel & Leisure’s “America’s Top 25 Wine Bars”, Open Table “Diner’s Choice and “Fit for Foodies” top ten and was recently named a nominee for the prestigious James Beard Awards for Outstanding Wine Program.

Attendees were treated to various wines, personally selected for the event by Chuck, with tapa style food which included: Cheese and Salumi, Crispy Calamari, Vino House-Made Margherita Pizza, mozzarella and basil Truffle Mac & Cheese, Pan Seared New York Steak, mashed potatoes & roasted shallot red wine demi-glace, and more.

Door prizes were donated by KIA President Steve Sullivan, Chuck Furuya, Sherry A. Goya, LLC, and WCIT Architecture. With the assortment of wine’s, tapa, a festive atmosphere, and door prizes, KIA would like to extend their appreciation to all who were able to attend, and hope to see you next time for the next event.

KIA News

It was a sad day on March 9th, when JABSOM announced the passing of James B. Burns. Jerris R. Hedges, MD, Professor and Dean of the University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine said, “He has been a good friend and trusted advisor to me; someone who always had the school’s best interests at heart. James Burns embodied his father’s legacy, a commitment to provide educational opportunity at the highest level to the children of Hawaiʻi; a legacy cherished by every graduate of the John A. Burns School of Medicine.”

KIA Networking Event

The first KIA Networking Event for 2017 was held on Wednesday, April 12th in the Kakaako Conference Room of Ward Warehouse. Mahalo goes to the Howard Hughes Corporation for the use of the room.

Attendees included Regus, which is a global provider in 120 countries, with 3,000 locations worldwide, offering full time office or virtual services, located in Restaurant Row. They have a $500 referral program for new clients or 10% commission for real estate companies. Edward Jones is a financial advisor located in the Gold Bond Building, well known for their investment knowledge and experience. Opening their sixth store, Down to Earth will be welcomed in Kakaako by the end of 2017.

MD Restoration is a full service, family-owned, 24-hour emergency restoration company working on water damage, structural drying, fire damage, carpet cleaning, and more, with a bonus of being a general contractor. NAI Chaney Brooks is the oldest commercial company in Hawaii and Kakaako’s premier broker for retail, industrial, commercial and investment, with their newest listing of 470 acres AG1 zoning for framing, live stock, etc.

There are many things happening at the Honolulu Design Center these days - Inspiration furniture, Stage restaurant’s 10th anniversary, the Amuse Wine Bar and soon-to-be renovated Cafe. Obun Hawaii is 45 years old and their slogan is “We print - and more!” since they are a commercial print and direct mail business who has been in Kakaako for many years. The Howard Hughes Corporation has exciting things happening in Ward Village, one being the South Shore Market, under TJ max, which will have “New Wave Friday” every second week of the month.

Need identify theft protection and prepaid legal services - LegalShield is the answer for small businesses who want to provide employee benefit services. Not only the KIA Executive Director, Sherry A. Goya, LLC is a business consultant, celebrating 25 years of creating and mailing marketing pieces, website services, bulk mailing, writing newsletters, etc, while also serving as Executive Director for two other associations.

Welcome to KIA

Down to Earth Organic & Natural

Frank Santana

2525 South King Street

Honolulu, HI 96826

P (808) 941-2204

F (808) 781-8283



Chuck Furuya

500 Ala Moana Blvd, #6F

Honolulu, HI 96813

P (808) 524-8466

F (808) 536-0667


Hawaiian Properties

Kristi Hirota-Schmidt

1165 Bethel Street

Honolulu, HI 96913

P (808) 539-9502

F (808) 521-2714



HCDA will be holding two additional hearings on amendments it’s Kakaako Reserved and Workforce Housing Rules. The rules are intended to promote the development of additional Reserved Housing units, while preserving the inventory of Reserved Housing units in the Kakaako Community Development District. Additionally, the proposed amendments will establish buyback and equity sharing options for workforce housing units.

The hearings will be held before the HCDA Board on May 17, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. and on May 31, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in the HCDA boardroom at 547 Queen Street, second floor.

Kakaako Cleanup

In honor of Earth Day, the Kakaako Improvement Association, Shidler Group, Howard Hughes Corporation, Kamehameha Schools, Totally Against Graffiti (T.A.G.), and the Building Owners and Managers Association Hawaii (BOMA) held our 6th Annual Community Cleanup on Saturday, April 15th from 8am to 11am. Cleaning and painting of the playground and equipment, removal of graffiti, general cleanup of the park was completed. The volunteers also assisted in cleaning up various streets in Kaka’ako from Mother Waldron Park to Waterfront Plaza. This portion of the cleanup included removal of trash, removal of weeds, removal of surface debris in gutters and marking of storm drains. We had 130+ volunteers who help collect over 80 bags of trash. We want to thank everyone who donated their time, supplies and refreshments for another successful event. BOMA Hawaii also hosted a collection for Institute of Human Services.  Donations for that event included cash donations for I.H.S and new and gently used blankets.

Please join us again next year for this community cleanup.