Project Name

Waiea at Ward Village


The Howard Hughes Corporation


Kukuluāeʻo, Honolulu, Oʻahu






Interior Design


2014 AIA Honolulu Design Merritt Award

Waiea is the flagship building of the new Ward Village Masterplan for Kaka‘ako. The project is among the first of several projects that redevelop the 60 acres included in the Ward Village Master Plan. Kaka‘ako’s genealogy is a dynamic and varied one, physically and socially changing in a relatively short period of time; overlaying of events and wahi pana (storied places) allows Waiea to draw inspiration from time and place. Hawaiian history and cultural context lays the basis for the proposed design - one that looks to celebrate the traditions of the past, acknowledge and reference its surrounding environment, and infuse cultural ideals and relationships between the ‘āina (land) and kānaka (people). 

The building Waiea, which translates to “water of life,” was designed in collabroation with James KM Cheng Architects. The building introduces the stories of Hawaiian fishing gods Kū‘ulakai and his son ‘Ai‘ai, along with the genealogy of Kaka‘ako is woven throughout the building’s design. Its most prominent design feature is its sweeping glass facade. It is inspired by the essential life-giving role of water in Kaka‘ako’s landscape and the fishing nets used for sustenance by Hawaiians of both yesterday and today.