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Two New Towers Proposed for Current Ward Centre Site (Blocks D and E)


Rendering: Future Block D tower and Diamond Head Plaza on the corner of Ala Moana Boulevard and Auahi Street, The Howard Hughes Corporation

The Howard Hughes Corporation has submitted two development permits to the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) for proposed towers at the current Ward Centre site. A single 242-unit, mixed use tower is proposed at the Block D site (1200 Ala Moana Boulevard). The tower preliminarily includes a parking podium with a recreational amenities deck and ground floor commercial/retail space. On the ground level, the project will include open space. The second proposal includes construction of a single, 148-unit mixed use tower on the Block E site (1200 Ala Moana Boulevard). This tower will also include a parking podium with a recreational amenities deck and ground floor commercial/retail space.


The design of the two towers includes references to the distinctive historic architecture of Hawaii. The façades, stepped massing, and intimate spaces recall the local works of notable architects commissioned to design iconic buildings in Honolulu. The architectural interest and variety of the podium façade creates the appearance of a series of smaller, linked buildings, as opposed to a monolithic parking structure, and are enlivened by integrated native landscaping. The towers will also feature Juliet balcony-style lanais that offer residents access to natural ventilation and encourage the use of sustainable trade wind building cooling design


Block D


Preliminary Block D Site Plan

  • 242 market-rate residences

  • Approximately 5,049 sf of open space

  • 400-foot height

  • Ground Level: The ground level will provide both outdoor and indoor recreational space, including a plaza and landscaping.

  • Recreational Deck (Level 6): The recreational deck will provide both outdoor (approximately 41,824 square feet) and indoor (approximately 15,122 square feet) recreational space.

Block E


  • 148 market-rate residences

  • Approximately 709 square feet of open space

  • 400-foot height

  • Ground Level: The ground level will provide both outdoor and indoor recreational space, including a plaza and landscaping.

  • Recreational Deck (Level 5): The portion of the recreational deck on Level 5 will provide both outdoor (approximately 39,341 square feet) and indoor (approximately 21,784 square feet) recreational space.

  • Recreational Deck: (Level 6): The portion of the recreational deck on Level 6 will provide both outdoor (approximately 4,706 square feet) and indoor (approximately 8,138 square feet) recreational space.

Diamond Head Plaza

Ward Village Existing, Approved, and Proposed Developments

The two towers will be developed concurrent to the development of the future Diamond Head Plaza. Located on the corner of Auahi Street and Ala Moana Boulevard, Diamond Head Plaza will enhance the Auahi Street pedestrian corridor by providing an additional 35,278 square feet of open space at Ward Village.


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