First look at Ka Makana Alii

About three years ago, I was part of a project that supported the opening of the new hospital in West Oahu, and it was then I learned about the huge population boom expected on that side of the island. With the build-out of 80,000 new homes by 2025, more than half of the island’s population will reside in West Oahu.

Rendering of Ka Makana Alii.

Ka Makana Alii is expected to accommodate the retail needs of West Oahu residents, create more jobs in the region and provide an affordable hotel option. Sitting on Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, this partnership between DeBartolo Development and DHHL is projected to financially support Native Hawaiian programs statewide for decades to come. The unveiling of the 1.4 million-square-foot mall is happening in two phases.

Phase one includes 150 shopping, dining and entertainment offerings, a hotel, and office space. Macy’s, Ka Makana Alii’s anchor store and Hampton Inn and Suites held their soft openings this week while California Pizza Kitchen opens today. Parts of the mall are still under construction, but the official opening of the entire site is scheduled for October 21.

We had first look at what’s to come:

California Pizza Kitchen, take-out wall built of recycled skate boards.

Macy’s mannequin has a tattoo.

The Macy’s store manager shows us a touch of island flair in the home decor section.

A dining area. The hotel offers a free daily hot breakfast, free parking, and no hotel service fee.

Indoor/outdoor pool.

Rooms range from $160-$250. This is a King Studio. Other rooms are Queen double and King single.

A list of confirmed tenants

California Pizza Kitchen
Forever 21
Victoria’s Secret
Bath & Body Works
Old Navy
Foot Locker
Kay Jewelers
24 Hour Fitness
Hoala Salon and Spa
Five Guys Burgers and Fries
Rix Island Wear
Town & Country Surf Designs
Famous Footwear
Reyn Spooner
Plus Interiors
Sura Hawaii
Da Cove
Magnolia Ice Cream
Papa John’s Pizza
Yummy Korean BBQ
Nagoya Ramen
Kickin Kajun
Koa Pancake House
L&L Hawaiian Barbeque
Panda Express
Auntie Anne’s
Moena Cafe