Hawaii Community Development Authority

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The Hawaii Community Development Authority is a state agency that was established in 1976 to develop Kakaako, an urban district near downtown Honolulu. While zoning and planning is generally considered a city or county responsibility in Hawaii, the state stepped in and asserted its jurisdiction in Kakaako following a political struggle between then-Gov. George Ariyoshi and then-Mayor Frank Fasi. The agency’s executive director is Jesse K. Souki.

HCDA is charged with coordinating private-public development Kakaako. Its master plan includes up to 30 new buildings in the area.

The HCDA reported in 2016 that it completed 1,625 units in Kakaako with a third of those set aside for affordable housing for families earning  140% less that the median income on Oahu.  Another 1,840 units were planned for 2017 with 36 % set aside as affordable housing. Also in 2017 HCDA announced that developer ArtSpace is planning a $52 million complex of 84 units to rent to artists who meet the affordable housing rule.

Since 2013, the Hawaii Community Development Authority has permitted eight residential buildings in Kakaako, for a total of 1,754 new residential units.

ArtSpace is leasing the land from HCDA, and is required to maintain affordable rents for the duration of the lease, the developer said.

Housing artists in an increasingly affluent area will help the area maintain its character and allow the artists to develop their craft, said Rich Richardson, executive director of the Arts at Marks Garage, a gallery and performance space in Chinatown.

Contact Information

Hawaii Community Development Authority
461 Cooke St.
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 594-0300
Fax: (808) 594-0299
Email: contact@hcdaweb.org
Website: www.hcdaweb.org

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Hawaii Community Development Authority

October 2017

Tuesday, October 10

Denby Fawcett: Give Us Back Our Parks

Friday, October 6

Hawaii Officials To The Homeless: Go Away

Wednesday, October 4

Kakaako Parks Will Temporarily Close To Clear Homeless Camps

March 2017

Monday, March 6

New Honolulu Housing Aims To Help Artists

October 2016

Monday, October 31

Once The ‘Wild West’ Of The City, Kakaako Is Trying To Settle Down

December 2015

Monday, December 14

In Kakaako Parks, State Wades Into Thorny Issue of Property Confiscation

November 2015

Monday, November 2

HCDA Director To Leave Agency

September 2015

Wednesday, September 2

City Council Loosens Ohana Unit Rules to Boost Rental Housing Stock

July 2015

Wednesday, July 8

HCDA Hears Tenant Concerns About the Homeless in Kakaako

May 2015

Thursday, May 28

HCDA Rejects Howard Hughes Plan to Build Rental Housing

April 2015

Thursday, April 2

Ige Appoints Bassett to Fill Cultural Specialist Seat on HCDA

February 2015

Wednesday, February 18

Senate Committee Approves 11 Nominees to Hawaii’s Development Authority

Friday, February 6

Ige Announces Nominees to Kakaako Development Board

January 2015

Thursday, January 29

OHA Seeks Input for Kakaako Makai Master Plan

November 2014

Tuesday, November 25

HCDA Greenlights Two More Kakaako Projects and Gives Director a Raise

Wednesday, November 19

Caldwell Wants HCDA to Adopt City’s New Affordable Housing Rules

Wednesday, November 5

Report: Provide Cheaper Housing, More Rental Units in Kakaako

October 2014

Thursday, October 2

Tiny Studio Apartments May Be Coming to Kakaako

September 2014

Tuesday, September 9

HCDA To Consider Director’s Salary Increase in Closed Meeting

August 2014

Friday, August 1

Affordable Housing Developer Urges HCDA to Approve Higher Asset Limit for Buyers

June 2014

Wednesday, June 11

Hawaii Development Agency Expands Homeless Services in Kakaako

HCDA Defers Decision on Kewalo Harbor Lease

Tuesday, June 10

Hawaii Development Agency OKs Two New Kakaako Midrises

Thursday, June 5

HCDA to Developer: Stop Construction on 801 South St Tower B

May 2014

Thursday, May 8

Legislative Changes Aren’t Slowing the Pace of Kakaako Development

April 2014

Monday, April 28

Ige to Vote Against Abercrombie Appointment to HCDA

Thursday, April 24

Hawaii Senate to Vote on Controversial Nomination to HCDA Kakaako Board

Tuesday, April 8

Hawaii Lawmakers Advance Minimum Wage Bill, Curbs on HCDA

Tuesday, April 1

Senate Panel Confirms Members of HCDA, High Tech Development Corp. & More State Boards

March 2014

Friday, March 14

Kamehameha Schools Talks Urban Growth and Kakaako at Civil Cafe

February 2014

Thursday, February 27

Developing Agriculture: HCDA Helps Restore Kalo Fields in Windward Oahu

Friday, February 14

HCDA Schedules Hearing for Residents Protesting New Condos on Ala Moana Blvd

Tuesday, February 11

Hawaii House Committee OKs Bills Cracking Down on HCDA

Friday, February 7

What Should Lawmakers Do With Hawaii’s Development Authority?

December 2013

Thursday, December 5

Hawaii Development Agency Approves Kakaako Tower Over Protests

November 2013

Wednesday, November 27

Kakaako Rising: Is This Community Development?

Tuesday, November 26

HCDA’s Proposal for Veterans Housing in Kalaeloa Gets a Boost from Neighborhood Board

October 2013

Wednesday, October 2

HCDA Responds to Community Questions About Kakaako Plans

February 2012

Wednesday, February 15

HCDA: Director Tony Ching Deserves Pay Raise