The Howard Hughes Corporation has announced its 11th residential project, The Launiu. The project is planned to include 486 residences, over 78,000 square feet of recreational area, and over 21,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. Located at the intersection of Ward Avenue and Ala Moana Boulevard, The Launiu will define the ‘Ewa gateway to Ward Village and support the ongoing transformation of Ward Village to a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood. The tower is located on the "first row" of Ward Village's luxury residences, along with Waiea, Victoria Place, and Kalae; however, it is not oceanfront.
According to the Development Permit for the project submitted to the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA), the design of the tower utilizes a regional and contextual approach and "the undulating building design references a mid-20th century Honolulu international coastal style". High-quality, bespoke materials including lava stone, opus incertum, cerused white oak, and adze-finished millwork will be integrated throughout its upper-level homes.
Residences will include a mix of studio-, one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. All units will be market-rate.
The residence will feature abundant open space on the ground floor and amenities deck. The planned 7th Floor amenities deck is planned to include lush green spaces, two pools, BBQ cabana areas, sweeping views of the ocean and Diamond Head, a fitness center, a group fitness studio, hydrotherapy spa, massage room, multi-purpose rooms, and a catering kitchen. The ground level will provide both outdoor and indoor recreational space, including gardens, a lobby, a dog run, and casual meeting spaces.
Renderings of the street-level view are shown below:
Construction is expected to commence in the third quarter of 2024, pending land use and permit approvals.
We will be tracking this project as it undergoes the approval and design process. Contact us to stay updated as this exciting project progresses!