®, an urban master planned community under development by The Howard Hughes Corporation ®, marked another major milestone today by breaking ground on Ae‘o, a 466 unit mixed-use residential tower that will be anchored by the highly anticipated flagship Whole Foods Market ®. Designed by world renowned architectural firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in partnership with Architects Hawai‘i, Ae‘o’s façade will take on a dramatic sculptural form that echoes patterns of the wind. Along with Waiea and Anaha, Ae‘o will make up the first completed district of Ward Village that will be a dynamic addition to the Honolulu skyline.
Ae'o and Whole Foods Market at Ward Village (Photo: Business Wire)
“Today’s groundbreaking marks an important step in Ward Village’s transformation into the new center of Honolulu with Whole Foods Market serving as a key anchor for the broader Kaka‘ako community,” said David R. Weinreb, Chief Executive Officer for The Howard Hughes Corporation. “Beginning construction on Ae‘o advances our vision for Ward Village residents to enjoy a distinct lifestyle due to the carefully curated mix of top design, retail experiences, public spaces and overall sense of place.”
The flagship Whole Foods Market will further enhance the transformation of Ward Village into an environmentally sustainable, walkable community in the heart of Honolulu. The flagship location will support local farms and producers and will offer the best selection of quality local and superior organic products available. As Hawai‘i’s only LEED-ND Platinum-Certified development and the largest neighborhood in the country to receive such a prestigious certification, the core values of Ward Village and Whole Foods Market are well-aligned.
“At Whole Foods Market, part of our core values is to serve and support our local communities and practice and advance environmental stewardship. With this in mind, Ward Village’s diverse and sustainable lifestyle is a perfect match for our newest flagship store,” said Patrick Bradley, President of Whole Foods Market Southern Pacific Region. “We truly appreciate the sustainable vision of this new community and can’t wait to get to know our new friends and neighbors as we develop this location.”
Ae‘o’s convenient location will provide residents with easy access to Ala Moana Beach Park, the revitalized Kewalo Harbor, local boutiques, diverse eateries and the 16-screen movie theatre at Ward Entertainment Center. Given the direct access to Ward Village’s four-acre village green, Ae‘o presents an ideal residential environment for healthy and active living in urban Honolulu. With available prices starting in the $700,000s, Ae‘o will offer one-, two- and three-bedroom residences with stunning ocean and mountain views and ample parking to accommodate residents, shoppers and those visiting Ward Village.
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