KCDD, Kamehameha Schools and Enterprise Zone Development

The Hawaii State Legislature created the Hawaii Community Development Association, HCDA, to plan for and to revitalize urban areas in the State, which lawmakers find to be in need of timely redevelopment. These areas, designated as “Community Development Districts”, were determined to be underused and deteriorating, but with the potential, once redeveloped, to address the needs of Hawaii’s people and to provide economic opportunities for the State.

In creating the HCDA, the Legislature also designated the Kaka‘ako area of Honolulu as the Authority’s first Community Development District. Lawmakers found that Kaka‘ako was significantly underdeveloped and underutilized relative to its central location in urban Honolulu. The Legislature foresaw that the redevelopment of Kaka‘ako would offer tremendous opportunities to address the need for more housing, parks, and open areas, as well as new commercial and industrial space near downtown Honolulu.

Kamehameha Schools has planned a mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhood featuring a wide range of housing including low-rise residences and high-rise towers, inviting green spaces, complete streets, networked walking paths and unique retail experiences.