JLL’s Retail experts today announced the firm has been retained by DeBartolo Development to provide pre-opening management services for Ka Makana Ali‘i, in addition to managing the center upon completion. The shopping center is located in Kapolei, West O‘ahu, which is the fastest growing area in Hawai‘i. The $500-million project is set to be built on 67 acres of Department of Hawaiian Home Lands at the intersection of Kapolei and Kualaka‘i Parkways, and upon completion Ka Makana Ali‘i will be the third largest shopping center in Hawaii.
Leading the JLL team on this project is Kirk Horiuchi, Retail Market Lead for Hawaii.
“The retail market is evolving daily and Ka Makana Ali’i will be far different than any other traditional mall by focusing on creating an experience for customers that will include live entertainment, unique shops and dining opportunities,” said Horiuchi. “As the first regional shopping center to be built on O‘ahu in 30 years, we are thrilled to team up with DeBartolo Development to provide pre-opening management services for this new ground-up development and to manage the center when its fully built.”
The 1.4 million-square-foot Ka Makana Ali‘i will feature more than 100 shopping, dining and entertainment offerings, a department store, two hotels and LEED-certified office space. A traditional Hawaiian blessing was held at the site in late January 2014, and groundbreaking for the first phase will occur in late 2014 with a projected opening in 2016.
“Leveraging its global expertise and local experience managing other regional shopping centers in Hawaii, we believe JLL is the perfect partner to make Ka Makana Ali‘i a success,” said Rich Hartline, Vice President of Development at DeBartolo. “This is an important milestone for our project as we move toward breaking ground later this year.”
The community-focused center will highlight Hawaiian traditions through its architectural vision, including stage areas and feature spaces for performing arts and other cultural and community performances.
Edward Kobel, President and Chief Operating Officer of DeBartolo Development concluded, “With the addition of JLL to our growing local team led by Rich Hartline, DeBartolo Development’s commitment to Hawai‘i and Ka Makana Ali‘i has never been stronger.”