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George Smith Partners Secures $51.7M Construction Loan, $16.2M Mezzanine Debt for Niumalu Marketplace in Hawaii

KONA, HAWAII — The Davies Group at Los Angeles-based George Smith Partners has arranged both a $51.7 million senior construction loan and $16.2 million in mezzanine debt for the ground-up development of Niumalu Marketplace, a shopping center in Kona. The borrower is Commercial Real Estate Development Enterprise (CREDE). Safeway will anchor the 204,275-square-foot retail property, which is slated for completion by fourth-quarter 2020. Malcolm Davies, Zachary Streit, Evan Kinne, Alexander …

Alaka’i Development Selects Moss Construction for $82M Multifamily Project in West Oahu

EWA, HAWAII — Alaka’i Development, a Hawaii-based developer, has awarded Moss Construction an $82 million contract for The Element, a multifamily community located in Ewa in West Oahu. Designed by KTGY Architects, the 325,000-square-foot project will include 13 three-story residential buildings, offering a total of 318 units. Amenities will include a clubhouse with leasing and maintenance offices, a swimming pool and two-story fitness center. The Element will also have affordable housing …

Pearlmark Closes $16.2M Investment for Niumali Marketplace Development in Hawaii

KAILUA-KONA, HAWAII — Pearlmark has closed on a $16.2 million mezzanine investment for the development of Niumalu Marketplace, a retail property in Kailua-Kona. Situated on 20 acres of fee-simple land, Niumalu Marketplace will feature 204,275 square feet of retail and commercial space, as well as 711 parking spaces. A 63,000-square-foot Safeway grocery store with a 27,000-square-foot gas pad will anchor the property. The sponsors, CREDE and two institutional equity capital partners, …

Government Services Keep Downtown Honolulu’s Office Market Humming

Honolulu’s office market has remained relatively unchanged for the past decade, but recent events have led to a dramatic shift in the direction of the Downtown submarket. Office vacancy rates in Downtown Honolulu have increased consistently in recent years, and steady leasing activity has led to declining vacancy. The Downtown office market is currently the tightest it has ever been. The vacancy rate in Downtown Honolulu decreased 70 basis points to 12.1 percent in the third quarter of 2019, …

Expansion Continues in Hawaii’s Retail Market

Like so many markets nationally, the Hawaii retail real estate market was firmly in a state of flux in 2019. Despite more new vacancies than new openings — and limited new development — the Hawaii market held its own amidst challenging times. Investment sales demand and fundamentals remained strong, new and prominent retailers entered the market, and existing operators continued to expand and innovate. Last year brought both closings and openings to the Hawaii retail sector. Bucking …

Hawaii’s Rising Rents Continue to Support Multifamily Investment Interest

As one of the premier global tourist destinations in the world, the Hawaii market is dominated by condos and hotels. It is also home to mega investment deals. A review of Hawaii’s investment market over the past three years shows that the hotel industry has made up the following percentage of the top 10 deals for each year: • 91 percent in 2017 • 55 percent in 2018 • 23 percent in 2019 The total sales volume for these deals has also seen a decline from more than $1.5 billion in …

LVMH Acquires Two Occupied Retail Assets in Waikiki for $72M

WAIKIKI, HAWAII — An entity controlled by LVMH Moet Hennessey Louis Vuitton and Mockingbird Interests Waikiki LLC has purchased two commercial units located at 2181 Kalakaua Ave. in Waikiki. The Hawaii-based Moore family trust sold the retail assets for $72 million. Bryan Ley of JLL, in collaboration with Avalon Commercial, represented the sellers in the deal. Cushman & Wakefield, with Sofos Realty Corp. as a local partner, originally listed the property in July 2017 with no asking …

Sims Mortgage Funding Arranges $14.1M Financing for Liliha Healthcare Center in Honolulu

HONOLULU — Sims Mortgage Funding (SMF), a subsidiary of HJ Sims, has arranged $14.1 million in financing for Liliha Healthcare Center, a 92-bed skilled nursing facility in Honolulu. Liliha, and its sister facility, Nuuanu Hale, were collateralized with a single, high-interest-rate bridge loan that featured a short maturity and expensive extension provisions. SMF arranged a HUD-insured loan with a fixed interest rate and long term to refinance the existing debt. To complete the …

Hunt Capital Partners Funds $10.4M in Financing for Affordable Housing Project in Oahu

OAHU, HAWAII — Hunt Capital Partners has provided $10.4 million in federal and state low-income housing tax credit financing, as well as federal solar tax credit equity financing, for the construction of Hale Makana O Maili in Oahu’s Waianae district. Upon completion, Hale Makana O Maili will feature 52 affordable housing units spread across six garden-style residential buildings. Construction began in late September, with completion slated for November 2020. The development team …

Highridge Costa to Break Ground on Multifamily Phase of Kulana Hale Project in Hawaii

KAPOLEI, HAWAII — Highridge Costa will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Aug. 28 for the second phase of the $130 million Kulana Hale mixed-use affordable seniors housing and multifamily apartment project located at 1020 Wakea St. in Kapolei. Kulana Hale Phase II will feature a 13-story tower with 2,300 square feet of ground-floor retail space and 143 affordable apartments for low-income families. The second-phase tower will be built over a two-level concrete podium structure that will …

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