Banking On Rail

Special Report

Banking On Rail

About The Series

Who’s making money from Honolulu’s troubled rail project, and how has it changed the course of the city’s development? In “Banking On Rail,” Honolulu Civil Beat answers those questions with data on land values, interviews with land owners along the proposed rail line and other observers.
The ‘Lost Tower’: Why Howard Hughes Has A Love-Hate Relationship With Rail

The ‘Lost Tower’: Why Howard Hughes Has A Love-Hate Relationship With Rail

The city has spent several years and millions of dollars fighting the developer in court over land for rail. Now, the transit system might not reach the Hughes Kakaako properties.

‘Nobody Knows What’s Going On’: Kalihi Is Transforming Despite Uncertainty About Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

‘Nobody Knows What’s Going On’: Kalihi Is Transforming Despite Uncertainty About Rail

Commercial property values have spiked along the rail line since the tax to build the project went into effect. But rail didn’t create that new value, local analysts say.

Rail May Not Make It To Ala Moana, But Developers Have Already Cashed In Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Rail May Not Make It To Ala Moana, But Developers Have Already Cashed In

Landowners got lucrative zoning perks and fast-track approvals to build luxury towers in the busy neighborhood all based on rail. Did they give enough back in return?