WHAT IS HAKUONE?
A development vision.
Hakuone is the name given to the development in Kakaʻako Makai. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) is moving forward with a plan to develop the kīpuka known as Kakaʻako Makai in a way that will improve the quality of life for Native Hawaiians.
The lands of Kakaʻako Makai will become a source of abundance and pride for our lāhui; a place that embodies a Hawaiian national identity while defining and maintaining a Hawaiian sense of place.
Education and perpetuation of our culture is the foundation for Kakaʻako Makai. We are creating a cultural gathering place, an oasis for the Hawaiian community in urban Honolulu.
This wahi pana will connect the cultural and spiritual aspects of nohona Hawaiʻi, reflecting both our storied past and our promising future. It will become a uniquely Hawaiian space in an urban setting where people from around the world can gather and exchange ideas and where physical structures will harmonize with the environment.
In 2012, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) and the State of Hawaiʻi agreed to settle the state’s 32-year past-due Public Land Trust revenue debt by conveying 30 acres of land in Kakaʻako Makai to OHA. At the time, OHA was owed $200 million. The state’s appraiser valued the land at approximately $198 million, assuming a 400-foot height limit for select parcels (which is double the current building height limit of 200 feet). Later it was determined that the value of the land was actually only $91 million, a far cry from the $200 million owed to the Hawaiian people
Despite this, OHA still has a great vision for the Kakaʻako Makai parcels – one that involves cultural and stewardship values that will drive the design and land use decisions while balancing pono commerce and the creation of a space that will provide a Hawaiian sense of place.