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.
Hawaii Community Development Authority
461 Cooke St.
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 594-0300
Fax: (808) 594-0299