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High-rises may replace Ward Warehouse


Shops at the Ward Warehouse may make way for the next round of development in Kaka’ako.

The Howard Hughes Corporation which owns and manages the land and has submitted a permit application to the Hawaii Community Development Authority to replace the mall with two luxury high-rises.  Low rise townhouses fronting Ala Moana Boulevard and retail space are also planned.  If the proposals go through, most of the retail center would be demolished in late 2015.  George O’Hanlon is the General Manager of the Liquor Collection, one of Ward’s oldest tenants.  He says this is not the first time a developer has tried to level the area. 

The first public hearing on the new development is scheduled for October 1st at noon in the HCDA conference room.  

Nick Yee’s passion for music developed at an early age, as he collected jazz and rock records pulled from dusty locations while growing up in both Southern California and Honolulu. In college he started DJing around Honolulu, playing Jazz and Bossa Nova sets at various lounges and clubs under the name dj mr.nick. He started to incorporate Downtempo, House and Breaks into his sets as his popularity grew, eventually getting DJ residences at different Chinatown locations. To this day, he is a fixture in the Honolulu underground club scene, where his live sets are famous for being able to link musical and cultural boundaries, starting mellow and building the audience into a frenzy while steering free of mainstream clichés.
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