Invited by PA‘I, a non-profit dedicated to preserving native Hawaiian culture, and with support from the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and ArtPlace, Artspace has been working to understand the space needs of the creative community in Hawai‘i since 2009. Through our work, we have come to understand how providing permanent, affordable space for the arts would meet city, county and state goals for economic development, transit oriented development and cultural preservation.
The shared vision to emerge from this work is Ola Ka ‘Ilima Artspace, a mixed-use arts development blending live/work space for artists and their families, non-profit partners and community events and gatherings. Ola Ka ‘Ilima Artspace will be located in the Kaka‘ako neighborhood of Honolulu, a transitional neighborhood of light industrial property between the downtown business district and Waikiki Beach, and will include 84 units of affordable live/work space for low-income artists and their families, as well as 10,000 square feet of green space and more than 7,000 square feet of community and commercial space for arts‑oriented businesses.
The ground floor will be home to the PA‘I Arts & Culture Center, for Native Hawaiian dancers, musicians, visual artists, cultural practitioners and others who are interested in experiencing Native Hawaiian cultural traditions.
Estimated Project Cost
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Hui Kauhale, Inc. PA`I FoundationState of Hawai‘i City of Honolulu
State of Hawai‘iCity of HonoluluFord FoundationArtPlaceNational Endowment for the ArtsAtherton Family FoundationCooke Family FoundationWard Village Foundation
Artspace Projects, Inc. Hui Kauhale, Inc.
“This is exactly what we need in Honolulu to help boost our economy by providing affordable live and work spaces for our local community of artists.” — Vicky Holt Takamine, Executive Director, PA‘I
The ground floor will be home to the PA‘I Arts & Culture Center, for Native Hawaiian dancers, musicians, visual artists, cultural practitioners and others who are interested in experiencing Native Hawaiian cultural traditions. Learn more about our anchor tenant, PA‘I, here.
Education Outreach & Technology
PA`I has participated in a national distance learning program initiative that allowed them to connect and collaborate with aritsts in real time using videoconferencing technology without the additional costs of time and travel. PA`I is currently collaborating with CultureHub in New York City to teach classes to their NYC Hula students and has participated in the Artspace Art Bridge program on a national cross-cultural collaborative production. Using this technology as an educational tool will further the artistic process, creativity and collaboration that will be built into the PA`I Arts & Culture Center to support programmatic activity across the islands, and engagement with artists and constituents both nationally and internationally.
Ola Ka `Ilima Artspace will include 84 units of affordable live/work space for low-income artists and their families. Units include one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. Affordability of units range from 30%, 50% and 60% of area median income. There will be parking available as well as 10,000 sq. ft. outdoor green courtyard with playground and workspace.
Residential units will feature high ceilings, large windows, durable surfaces, large doors and wide hallways to accommodate a variety of creative activities. Each of the residential units will be larger than a typical affordable unit to allow for ample workspace. Like all Artspace projects, this building will be multi-ethnic, multi-generational, and multi-disciplinary.
Ola Ka `Ilima Artspace will have more than 17,000 square feet of community and greenspace, including a gardening area and a community room available to residents, partnering non-profit organizations, and the surrounding community for rehearsal, exhibitions, performances and events.
Approximately 4,500 square feet will be reserved for PA`I Arts & Culture Center, for Native Hawaiian dancers, musicians, visual artists, cultural practitioners and others who are interested in experiencing Native Hawaiian cultural traditions. The Cultural Center will combine classroom space and flexible space for teaching and performing Hula, music, and other traditional practices. Through video conferencing technology, the Cultural Center will be networked to audiences and artistic partners both across the Islands and around the world.
Although it is a transit-oriented development, the project will provide adequate parking for residents and visitors.
The Ola Ka ‘Ilima Artspace Project will be located on a vacant parcel of land owned by HCDA in the Kaka‘ako Neighborhood. Artspace will enter into a 65-year ground lease of the land from HCDA. Artspace will own, operate, and manage the building. The parcel (hightlighted in pink on inset) is located near the Ward Shopping District. Waimanu Street borders it to the north, Kawaiahao Street to the south and Kamakee and Cummins Streets on the east and west (respectively next to) the Pacifica Residences Tower.
Approximately 94 parking spaces
4,500 sq. ft. for PA`I Arts & Culture Center
17,000 square feet of community and greenspace
2,000 sq. ft. of commercial space for arts‑oriented businesses
The Ola Ka ’Ilima Artspace Lofts are currently in development and not yet available for leasing. We anticipate construction to start Summer of 2017 with planned completion for late 2018. The State of Hawaii requires use of a Lottery System for residential leasing. Fair housing requires that we have an interest list rather than a wait list. To receive more Information on how to apply to Ola Ka ‘Illima Artspace Lofts, including information on the state’s lottery system for housing, be sure to attend our Artspace info sessions. Sign-up HERE for property updates, and for future information session dates and times.
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