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One of my favorite condos in the metro Honolulu area, Waiea was completed in 2017, and is the centerpiece of Ward Village. This gorgeous high-rise residential tower, developed by the Howard Hughes Corporation and designed by James K. M. Cheng, features over 1,200 pieces of customized glass. Housing over 150 units, Waiea boasts a luxurious lifestyle for residents.
Following a rule of Ultra Luxury, the units in Waiea feature interior design by Ingrao Interiors. With beautiful Onyx walling, Hardwood/Stone flooring, and ceiling heights of 9'5”, every inch brings grandeur to mind. It's not just appearance either – all units come with rain showers, Miele kitchen appliances, and walk-in closets to bring luxury to every aspect of home life.
Features for residents of Waiea continue the theme. Both indoors and out, the list of included amenities is vast – including an Infinity-Edge pool with a gorgeous ocean view. And with concierge service and resident specialists available 24/7, it's easy to feel right at home in Waiea.
Established in the early 1910s, the Howard Hughes Corporation refocused its attention to real estate in the 1970s. Currently, the company boasts five master-planned communities and over 25 projects in various stages of development. Waiea is the first piece of Ward Village, a master-planned community under development in Honolulu, Hawaii.
James K.M. Cheng is based in Canada and is best known for the extensive use of glass in his high-rise tower designs. Before forming his own firm in the 1970s, he studied extensively under Robert Meier and Arthur Erickson. Since then, Cheng has become a leading residential tower designer. In the creation of Waiea, Cheng collaborated with Hawaii-based Rob Iopa of WCIT Architecture.
Situated near the southern shores of Oahu, Waiea is located in the Kakaako neighborhood of Honolulu, Hawaii. A commercial and retail district, Kakaako offers easy access to both retail and dining opportunities in downtown Honolulu with an ease of walk-ability and a pedestrian friendly lifestyle.
In Hawaiian, Kaka'ako means “To take the initiative.” Waiea follows that mantra, and offers an open invitation to the world: “Take the initiative - Discover an exceptional style of luxury here, at Waiea – Ward Village.”
When you’re feeling adventurous, Waiea is comfortably positioned in the Kakaʻako district, where sand meets sea. A 1 minute walk places you on a pristine golden beach. Relax in the warm hypnotizing sun. Enjoy lush gardens and Banyan trees intertwining Ala Moana Regional Park, home to the McCoy Pavilion and Aina Moana (Magic Beach). Kakaʻako, a once-industrial neighborhood has given way to a thriving backdrop of shopping and cuisine. For a day of retail therapy nothing tops Ala Moana, the world’s largest open-air luxury shopping center.
Discerning palettes don’t have to stray far either, although you’ll struggle trying to choose a favorite at SALT at Our Kaka’ako. A city block of shopping and dining featuring delectable hand-tossed pizza at Moku Kitchen, European fare from Bevy & Bevy Market, and Vietnamese-American fusion at Piggy Smalls. There is something tantalizing for everyone. If you have local grinds on the mind, venture beyond SALT, for time-honored comfort food from Highway Inn. Not to be missed! You might even catch some local tunes. And don’t forget to cool off with a homemade frozen treat at iconic Lappert’s Hawaii. Feel like cooking? Walk 6 minutes to the Kaka’ako Farmers Market. Once there, you’ll shop the freshest local produce, and more, from vendors like Fields of Aloha and Forage Hawaii. The addition of brightly-colored food stalls and fresh baked treats truly make this outdoor shopping adventure, “the abundance of the country in the heart of Honolulu.”
If residents are looking to create a memorable evening, Vintage Cave Club and Nobu (located in the Waiea condo building) are two fine dining options that feature delectable local fare. A short walk under the stars later and you can finish the night off with a stunning Broadway-style performance at Blaisdell Concert Hall. Or, for a more local performance, the Hawaii Opera Theater offers vibrant cultural storytelling.
For a day trip instead, residents can pack a picnic lunch and spend an hour strolling down famous Kalakaua Avenue – a gathering place for tourists and locals alike. Along the way, Oahu's flourishing landscape provides a beautiful backdrop for the journey to nearby attractions. Waikiki Aquarium, the Honolulu Zoo, or Oahu's pristine golden beaches – all scenic and beautiful ways to spend the day within walking distance.
Additionally, The Hawaiian Historical Society is just moments away from Waiea - providing amazing cultural learning opportunities. Or, for an afternoon of hiking, the Green Line on the Waikiki Trolley goes directly inside the Diamond Head State Monument. From there, the Leahi summit trail offers an extended scenic hike, showing off the beauty of Oahu.
Whisking you through the heart of downtown, the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit’s (HART) new elevated light rail system will begin sending trains for passenger service in 2020, from Pearl HIghlands to Aloha Stadium and Leeward Community College. From Waiea you’ll be meeting and picking up guests upon arrival at the Honolulu International Airport station, when passenger service begins 2022.
With Honolulu and Waikiki as its backyard playground, the pathways leading from Waiea are limitless.
The centerpiece of Ward Village, Waipea was completed in 2017 and features 10 townhomes, 10 penthouses, and 2 grand penthouses. All units come with the following features:
Residences are priced starting $2,000,000 for a one bedroom, two bathroom condo. Fully furnished, this residence has 1,208 square feet total, and boasts luxury features such as a smart mirror TV, quartz counters, and Miele appliances.
Two bedroom plus residences start at $2,490,000 for 1,703 square foot total, and range to around $6,500,000 for 2713 square feet total.
The grand penthouses feature 5/6 bedrooms and 5.5/6.5 bathrooms. Set in a prime location, both grand penthouses have over 10,000 square feet of space. The gorgeous ocean views, private pools, and impressive location promise a life of royalty to whoever makes them home.
These condos are just waiting for residents – they are fully furnished and ready for immediate move-in.
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