The 13-Story Building Under Construction Will Open in Spring 2020

The construction crane looming over central Kapolei is busy, and will stay that way. The opening of the 13-story building planned at 1020 Wakea St. is less than a year away.

The building has a name and a Facebook page too: Hale Moena Kupuna. (The building was formerly going to be called Kulana Hale, but the names was changed.)

Hale Moena Kupuna Apartments and Amenities

Less than a year from now, builders will complete Phase One of a planned three-phase development. Phase One is a 13-story tower with 154 apartments — studios, one bedrooms, and two bedrooms. The apartments are reserved for seniors.

Winn Residential, a Massachusetts-based company, will manage the property. (UPDATE: 2/2020 – Winn evidently bowed out, I haven’t yet found out who the new management company is.)

Planned residential amenities include:

  • access-controlled living
  • a large outdoor recreation deck
  • indoor recreation center
  • community room with computer lab
  • laundry room, in home and common area Wi-Fi
  • mailroom and package receiving
  • garage parking
  • on-site management

You’ll notice that on-site medical care isn’t on the list. This isn’t a nursing home. It’s an independent-living option for older folks with a fixed income. They need a safe home, but don’t need doctors checking in on them, or someone to make their meals.

Prospective residents can sign up for this interest list for updates when applications are available.

The ground floor of the tower will be retail stores.

Construction Will Keep Going Past 2020

As local seniors move in, Phase 2 of the project will continue. That’s a second tower, also 13 stories high. This one will have 143 residential units, intended to be affordable living for families. More retail will go in on the ground floor, as well.

Phase 3 will be a single-story retail building that will link the towers and face the street.

This Means More Affordable Housing For Kapolei

The project is a $130 million investment in the future of Kapolei. Of that amount, $50 million is privately-funded, coming out of the pockets of Honolulu-based developers Coastal Rim Properties, and California-based developers Highridge Costa Housing Partners. The remainder is being financed by $80 million in bonds issued by the Hawaii Housing Finance & Development Corporation (HHFDC).

Because taxpayer-funded HHFDC is involved, the private developers will be required to keep a certain percentage of the available apartments affordable. The senior apartments are targeted at folks who make between 30 and 60 percent of the area’s medium income.

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Kulana Hale construction — photo taken June 17, 2019