With the development spotlight shining on Kakaako for the past few years, it has been easy to overlook the revitalization of Ala Moana, the gateway to Waikiki and one of the most important neighborhoods of Honolulu. 

Recently dubbed “Midtown Ala Moana”, the development will be centered around the Honolulu Rail Transit’s new Ala Moana Center Station and will be planned in accordance with the TOD (Transit Oriented Development) guidelines.

One goal for TOD is to make Ala Moana more pedestrian friendly and to encourage the use of public transportation which will make the community a more livable, breathable neighborhood with new open park spaces and walkways.

TOD zoning will also allow additional density and additional height (400 feet) for new building projects in the area and is the reason why developers are lining up at the chance to break ground this year.

As of now, there are 8 proposed mixed-use projects being planned for the area, lets take a look: 

1500 Kapiolani

Location: 1500 Kapiolani Boulevard (Heald College site)

  • Hotel-Condominium
  • 40 Stories
  • 450 Hotel & Residential Units
  • 78 Affordable Units
  • Developer: Salem Partners

Azure Ala Moana

Location: 1518 Makaloa Street

  • Mixed-use Residential Condominium
  • 41 Stories
  • 347 Market Rate Units
  • 78 “affordable” rentals
  • Developer: Prospac  

The Central Ala Moana

Location: 1391 Kapiolani Boulevard

  • Residential Condominium
  • 43 Stories
  • 512 Units
  • Expected Completion: 2021
  • Developer: SamKoo Pacific

Hawaii City Plaza

Location: 733 Cedar Street

  • Residential Condominium
  • 26 Stories
  • 133 Market Rate Units
  • 40 “Affordable” Rate Units
  • Developer: Prospac  

Hawaii Ocean Plaza

 Location: 1362 Kapiolani Blvd

  • Hotel-Condominium
  • 40 Stories
  • 207 Residential Units
  • 200 Hotel Units
  • Developer: Prospac

Kapiolani Residences

Location: 1631 Kapiolani Blvd

  • Residential Condominium
  • 45 Stories
  • 484 Residential Units
  • Expected Completion: Fall 2018
  • Developer: SamKoo Pacific

The Residences at Mandarin Oriental


Location: Atkinson Drive

  • Hotel Condominium
  • 36 Stories
  • 107 Luxury Residences
  • 125 Hotel Rooms
  • Developer: Salem Partners

Sky Ala Moana

Location: 1388, 1400 & 1416 Kapiolani Blvd.

  • Hotel Condominium
  • 389 Residential Units
  • 300 Condo Hotel Units
  • Developer: Avalon Development Co.,

As you can see, most of the development will be taking place along Kapiolani Boulevard and Keeaumoku Street which will be in close proximity to the new Ala Moana Rail Station. Also interesting to note is that there are 4 projects with a possible hotel component.

Developers are hoping that with the ease of transportation from the airport (Rail Connectivity), the area’s existing attractions (Ala Moana Center, Ala Moana Beach Park) and a never-ending shortage of hotel rooms in Waikiki, tourists and locals alike will be drawn to “Midtown Ala Moana”. 

For a more comprehensive overview of each of the above projects, please visit our “New Projects” page and sign up for updates!