Ward Village – Which Condo to Buy Into?
In the heart of Honolulu between downtown and Waikiki, lies the master-planned upscale community of Ward Village. The renowned mastermind behind the project is The Howard Hughes Corporation (also known for developing Columbia, Maryland, and Bridgeland, Texas), and they promise this oceanfront 60-acre property will become the new center of Oahu.
Ward Village boasts a hip, urban, and convenient lifestyle with residences, recreation, businesses, and a soon-to-come Honolulu Rail stop all within walking distance. The pedestrian-friendly community will appeal to indoor-outdoor enthusiasts at all ages and stages of life.
For entertainment, Ward Village offers fun festivals, public art, and yoga in the park. They also have a range of gathering spaces that embrace the Hawaiian culture, and Ward Village’s proximity to some of the world’s best surf spots and breathtaking parks adds to its appeal. Retail includes Whole Foods, T.J. Maxx, Nordstrom Rack, and locally owned businesses, like Salvage Public and Cameron Hawaii, in the South Shore Market. The diversity of restaurants offers options for every kind of eater, including upscale Nobu, Merriman’s, Piggy Smalls, and family-friendly Buca di Beppo.
With many condominium buildings and new shops now complete in Ward Village and with more to soon be added to the already popular neighborhood, you may be wondering, ‘Which condo at Ward Village is right for me?’
(Ulana and The Park at Ward are excluded from the graphic above)
Before we get to a breakdown of each of the unique, desirable residences, know that each building has been or is being constructed with sustainability at the forefront. Ward Village is the United States’ largest Platinum LEED-certified neighborhood development with modern building designs curated by internationally acclaimed architects and designers. In fact, Architectural Digest named Ward Village the best master-planned community in America. Whichever condo building you choose, you will feel a sense of sustainability and community in the articulately planned Ward Village.
Ulana Ward Village
One of two upcoming residential towers recently announced by the Howard Hughes Corporation, Ulana at Ward Village is an exciting new development arriving soon to the urban neighborhood. Part of the next phase of Howard Hughes’ 60-acre masterplan for Ward, Ulana is a high-rise condominium with 697 homes on the block bordered by Auahi, Kamani and Pohukaina Streets. Ulana at Ward Village promises to offer expansive green spaces serving as an extension of the island-inspired homes.
While more details are still to be announced, Ulana is expected to launch late 2021 and will elevate the community with new parks, a safer pedestrian environment and additional space for businesses.
So far, we do know that Ulana will include:
- Studio-, one-, two- and three- bedroom condominium residences
- A 40,000 square-foot park
- A separate building dedicated only for parking
- 110 reserved units
- Affordable housing
- Commercial and industrial space
- Easy access to Ward Village and Kakaako shopping options
- Proximity to the upcoming rail that will connect 21 stations throughout Honolulu
The Park on Ward
The eighth luxury high-rise condominium in Ward Village, The Park on Ward will be built on the west side of Central Plaza Victoria Ward Park which was once occupied by the old Sports Authority building. It will be minutes away from Ala Moana Beach Park, and condo are expected to be inspired by mid-century design and urban-island lifestyles. Designed by international architecture firm Solomon Cordwell and Buenz, general sales are expected to begin 2021.
The project ties into Howard Hughes’ community masterplan which aims to elevate 60-acres of the neighborhood with more pedestrian-friendly streets, public parks, affordable living streets and local retail stores.
Specific details for The Park are still to be announced, but here’s what we know so far:
- 546 market-rate residential units
- Ground-floor commercial on all four sides of the block
- An expansion of Victoria Ward Park
- An extension of Halekauwila Street
- An extension of an Auahi street promenade
- Off-street public parking
Inspired by Victoria Ward’s legacy in developing her family estate in the area, these upscale residences have front-row views to the Pacific Ocean. Lush gardens, three pools, and two levels of amenities add to the club-inspired lifestyle.
- Location: 1100 Ala Moana Boulevard. Adjacent to Kewalo Basin Harbor (great surf spots) and next to the flagship Waiea condo
- Total Units: 350
- Residences: one bedroom, one bathroom; two bedrooms, two bathrooms; three bedrooms, three bathrooms; 10 different floor layout designs
- Floors: 40
- Expected Completion: 2022
- Price Range: $1,200,000 to $5,200,000
- Condo Features: Light and dark color palette offerings, Sub-Zero refrigerators and wine storage, Wolf gas cooktops, Cove dishwashers, wood and textured glass cabinets, floor-to-ceiling windows, quartzite kitchen island, ROHL chrome faucets, stone flooring, Bespoke custom lighting
- Featured Amenities: Lauhala Pool House, Sunrise Terrace, Sunset Lanai, three cooling pools, Hawaii-inspired art collection, 24-hour building security, concierge service, women and men’s spa, fitness center, theater, wine room with private lockers
Should I buy a condo in Victoria Place?
If you want a front-row location on Ala Moana Boulevard, this private residential condominium building might be for you. What makes Victoria Place unique is that it does not have commercial space. Instead, the building boasts amenities on levels one and five along with the Palm Garden, providing an outdoor sanctuary for homeowners. The residential units are larger than most other Ward Village buildings and offer the finest of finishes. Victoria Place is a timeless building with the most luxurious amenities, high-end appliances, and beautiful views. It is also one of the higher-priced buildings in Ward Village.
Named and designed after the red sugar cane, this nature-inspired building was crafted by Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects and is located in the heart of Victoria Ward Park. Ko‘ula has the amenities and location along with high-quality craftmanship to offer future residents a hip, resort-like lifestyle in the center of Ward Village.
- Location: 1000 Auahi Street. Built adjacent to Victoria Ward Park with magnificent park and city views.
- Total Units: 565
- Residences: studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom
- Floors: 41
- Expected Completion: 2022
- Price Range: $800,000 to $2,400,000
- Condo Features: at least one spacious and private lanai in all tower units, floor-to-ceiling windows, light and dark color scheme options, German engineered Miele suite of kitchen appliances, Grohe and Kohler plumbing fixtures, engineered wood flooring and stone palettes, options custom furniture and accessory package curated by Yabu Pushelberg
- Featured Amenities: Adjacent to 1.5-acre Victoria Ward Park, lap pool with cabanas, fitness center, spa-like locker rooms with sauna, outdoor dining pavilion, great lawn, dog park, children’s play area, guest suites
Should I buy a condo in Koula?
If you are active and inspired by nature, wanting quality craftsmanship and all the resort-like amenities available in the upper-end Ward Village buildings, then Koula might be right for you. The building is great for families and dog-owners as well as busy professionals. There are plenty of spaces for socialization and the lanais in most of the units offer another area to enjoy Hawaii’s beautiful views and time together with loved ones.
‘A‘ali‘i is the name of a steadfast indigenous shrub that once thrived in the current Ward Village area when Victoria Ward, a descendent of Hawaiian royalty (ali’i), and her family called the community home. While honoring the past and Hawaii’s natural beauty in its name, Aalii’s smart design aims to exemplify the best of a modern, urban lifestyle.
- Location: 987 Queen Street. Adjacent to Whole Foods Market and Victoria Ward Park.
- Total Units: 751
- Residences: studio, one-, and two-bedrooms
- Floors: 42
- Expected Completion: 2021
- Price Range: $650,000 to $1,400,000
- Condo Features: private lanai for every townhome, Bosch suite of kitchen appliances, Kohler tub and water closet, full height kitchen cabinets, natural stone countertop, European porcelain tile bathrooms
- Featured Amenities: Lanai 42 Sky Deck featuring a sunset sky lounge, rooftop fitness club, yoga studio, and entertainment areas; keiki splash and play area, adult pool and cabanas, private BBQ areas, dog run and dog wash area
Should I buy a condo in Aalii?
Aalii is considered the densest building in the Ward Village community, and it will also be located right next to the planned Honolulu Rail station. The residential units have quality finishes and appliances and the ultra-hip Lanai 42 Sky Deck on the rooftop ensures plenty of space to live and play. If you want to live in hip Ward Village, being at the heart of all the eateries and in proximity to Ward Village Entertainment Center, then Aalii might be right for you.
The flagship building of Ward Village, Waiea, was designed by award-winning Vancouver-based architect James K. M. Cheng and hosts the high-end eatery, Nobu. Located on Ala Moana Boulevard, Waiea has sweeping views of Kewalo Harbor as well as the sunrise and sunset. Inspired by the water with curved architecture, Waiea is the essence of grace and grandeur and the pinnacle of luxury living in Honolulu.
- Location: 1118 Ala Moana Boulevard. Located across from Ward Entertainment Center.
- Total Units: 174
- Residences: one-, two-, and three-bedrooms; 10 townhomes, 12 penthouses, two grand penthouses
- Floors : 36
- Move-In Date: 2016
- Price Range: $2,000,000 to $6,580,000 for current active listings. The grand penthouses were listed for $35 and $36 million.
- Condo Features: low-e coated glass curtain wall system, 9’6”+ ceilings, hardwood and stone flooring, freestanding tubs, rain showers, quartz counters, Miele kitchen appliances, gas cooking, wine refrigerators, Dornbracht plumbing fixtures, Toto water closets
- Featured Amenities: outdoor event lawn, fitness center, yoga room, locker rooms with sauna, indoor golf simulator, dog park, children’s play area with water feature, barbecue cabana, theater, chef’s kitchen, infinity pool, hot tub, quiet lounges, sunset bar, guest suites, concierge service, valet parking
Should I buy a condo in Waiea?
If you want privacy, space, and unparalleled urban amenities, then Waiea might be right for you. The most expensive condominiums on Oahu were sold from this building, demonstrating the essence of luxury and high-end lifestyle that Waiea accommodates. Every available amenity, including 24/7 concierge and valet parking, as well as the Michelin-starred Nobu restaurant, are at the fingertips of the few lucky residents of the Waiea building in Ward Village.
Potential buyers to Waiea should note that a lawsuit was filed in 2019 by property owners stating there were many construction defects in this building. Some of the named construction defects include loud noise from the window wall assemblies, corrosion in the swimming pool and spa, premature weathering on the exteriors, and cracks in the concrete parking garage. In January 2021, the Howard Hughes Corporation announced that they intended to pay an estimated $114.5 million to repair the long list of problems reported in Waiea.
The rolling glass façade and iconic glass-bottom pool of Anaha evoke the light reflecting off the waves of the nearby Pacific Ocean. Designed by Chicago-based architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz, Anaha offers a range of options – both in amenities and in residential units – in the heart of Ward Village.
- Location: 1108 Auahi Street. Located across from Whole Foods Market and above Peter Merriman’s restaurant.
- Total Units: 311
- Residences: studio, one-, two-, three-bedrooms, townhomes, penthouses
- Floors: 38
- Move-In Date: 2017
- Price Range: $800,000 to $18,000,000
- Condo Features: high energy-efficient air conditioning, hot water systems and LED lighting, hardwood flooring in kitchen and living rooms, wool carpet in bedrooms, Miele appliances, gas cooking with wine refrigerators in most units, Dornbracht plumbing fixtures
- Featured Amenities: Anaha boasts one of the largest amenities decks in Ward Village; beach volleyball courts, tennis courts, dog park, fitness room, training room, golf simulator, hot tub, two message rooms, guest duties, spa, BBQ stations, yoga room, kids’ room, library, chef’s kitchen, catering kitchen, concierge service
Should I buy a condo in Anaha?
Completed after Waiea, Anaha also offers the essence of luxury living in the heart of Ward Village. Its range of options from studios to penthouse suites can accommodate any lifestyle. And with keiki play areas as well as a dog park, this pet-friendly building is great for all types of parents. If you want high-end finishes with the utmost convenience in the center of Ward Village, Anaha might be right for you.
Ae‘o is the name of a Hawaiian stilt bird, connecting Hawaiian wildlife from the past and present to the future beauty of Ae‘o’s neighborhood. With exceptional amenities and thoughtfully designed architecture by award-winning firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, this Ward Village building offered lower-priced residential units while keeping the high-end luxury quality that Howard Hughes Corporation’s Ward Village neighborhood is known for.
- Location: 1001 Queen Street. Above Whole Foods Market.
- Total Units: 466
- Residences: one-, two-, and three-bedroom units and penthouses
- Move-In Date: 2018
- Price Range: $400,000 to $2,000,000 when originally listed
- Condo Features: seven different color schemes, hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, Bosch appliances
- Featured Amenities: A rooftop terrace with panoramic ocean and sunset views features a 25-meter fitness pool, lounges, private cabanas, and dining areas. For residents with children, there is a dedicated family activity area with a family pool and an outdoor children’s playground. The indoor Ae‘o amenities add to residents’ comfort: a state-of-the-art gym, a spa with steam and sauna rooms, a private movie theater, a karaoke lounge, surfboard and bicycle storage areas, and a large dog-run area.
Should I buy a condo in Aeo?
Ae‘o offers the convenience of urban living in a modern building with an array of amenities. Ae‘o is the essence of the transforming neighborhood of Ward Village – walkability, modern residences, island lifestyle and views, and entertainment galore – making Ae‘o a great place to relax or gather with friends and family. If you are looking for a building that offers entry-level pricing with high-end amenities and finishes while being located perfectly in Ward Village, Aeo might be right for you.
With sophisticated style and unique amenities, like two signature sky lanais and areas for business, keiki, dogs, and play, Ke Kilohana was designed to fit locals’ lifestyles. Ke Kilohana offered Ward Village’s affordably priced residences along with market-priced units. Reserved homes were priced for local families with incomes between 100 and 140 percent of Oahu’s annual median income.
- Location: 404 Ward Avenue. Longs Drugs is located in this building.
- Total Units: 424
- Residences: one-, two-, and three-bedroom
- Floors: 43
- Move-In Date: 2019
- Price Range: $300,000 to $1,000,000 when originally sold
- Condo Features: air-conditioning in every room, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, a washer/dryer in every unit, contemporary carpet, tile, and vinyl flooring, chrome fixtures, LED lighting, floor-to-ceiling double-glazed windows
- Featured Amenities: two two-story lanais, state-of-the-art gym, indoor and outdoor keiki play area, pet-friendly area, surfboard storage, cinema, karaoke room, business space, lounge, outdoor deck with BBQs
Should I buy a condo in Ke Kilohana?
Ke Kilohana exudes the modern, urban lifestyle. From Ke Kilohana, walk down the street to watch a movie at Ward Entertainment Center. Cross Ala Moana Boulevard to surf or play tennis Ala Moana Beach Park or Kewalo Harbor. Walk a quick five blocks to see a show at the Blaisdell Center. Or explore the 100+ shops, boutiques, and restaurants nearby. If you want to be located in trendy Ward Village and also near the soon-to-come Honolulu Rail, the more affordably priced Ke Kilohana building might be right for you.
Potential buyers to Ke Kilohana should note that the Ke Kilohana board filed lawsuits against the Howard Hughes Corporation for a 50% or more increase in monthly maintenance costs since the opening of the building in 2019. When the units were sold, Ke Kilohana estimated that maintenance fees would be about $270 for one-bedroom units, $400 for two-bedroom condos, and $525 for most three-bedroom units; however, in early 2020, maintenance fees were raised between $150 to $300 monthly to cover operating expenses. The owners also claimed that their parking lots were smaller than the building standards.
Should I buy a condo in Ward Village?
After reading about the many housing options and amenities in one of Oahu’s most exciting neighborhoods, you may be wondering if Ward Village is right for you. To help with answering this question, let’s discover Ward Village’s history.
Who was Victoria Ward? Victoria Ward was born in 1846 to James Robinson and Kaikilani. She grew up in a fairly affluent family, learning Hawaiian and English and living in what is now downtown Honolulu. In 1865 she became engaged to CP Ward, who worked at the Royal Customs House and was involved in a variety of entrepreneurial endeavors. In 1882, the young couple would embark on a business deal together: purchasing 100 acres of land that stretched from Thomas Square to the sea, encompassing much of present-day Kakaako and Ward Village.
They would build their elaborate home, Old Plantation, where the Blaisdell Center is now located, with the same architects as Iolani Palace. Their land would host horses and chickens, a fish pond fed by a freshwater stream, coconut trees, and taro fields. Upon the unexpected passing of Victoria’s husband in 1882, she arduously and creatively continued the operations of Old Plantation while also caring for their seven daughters. She successfully sold produce, livestock, and salt in bustling Honolulu.
When the Hawaiian Monarchy was overthrown in the 1890s, Victoria became an outspoken supporter of her friend Queen Lili‘uokalani, even forbidding the speaking of English in her presence. Victoria passed away in 1935 with the Hawaiian flag draped from the four corners of her bedpost. Her daughters managed the land under Victoria Ward Ltd., until they all passed in the 1950s.
Victoria Ward left a legacy of entrepreneurship as well as a love for Hawaii and its people. The new Ward Village continues with her legacy. If you want to live in one of Oahu’s newest neighborhoods that aspire to evoke the best of the past, the present, and the future, Ward Village might be right for you.