Pacific Business News -- Take a tour around the $1 billion Park Lane Ala Moana luxury condominium project construction site at Honolulu’s Ala Moana Center and you’ll quickly notice that it’s something you’ve never seen before in Hawaii.
Pacific Business News photographer Tina Yuen and I got an exclusive sneak peek of Park Lane Ala Moana with executives from the Honolulu development firms Kobayashi Group and The MacNaughton Group, which are building the project under a partnership with BlackSand Capital and mall owner General Growth Properties. Click on the photos to see the slideshow and read below for more details about this project.
The 217-unit, seven-building project will open to its first residents on April 5 and be fully complete by the end of 2017. The project has 174 units with private barbecues and 34 units with private garages. Some units even have their own private pools. Park Lane is a hybrid between living in a luxury home but with all the benefits of condo living and resort-like amenities, including a private wine bar, a wine storage room, a catering kitchen and wine bar, a dining lounge with wet bar and fire pit, a movie theater with tiered seating, a gated dog park, yoga studios, a children’s play area and three private guest suites.
Perhaps its best amenity, though, is its location right next to the world's largest open-air shopping mall.
Alana Kobayashi Pakkala, partner and executive vice president at Kobayashi Group, told PBN that a lot of the buyers had never purchased a condo unit before, so the eight-acre project gives them the feeling of living in a single-family home with its high ceilings and rather large units whose furnishings and finishes have come from all over the globe.
The design team responsible for creating the look of the projects includes well-known companies such as Solomon Cordwell Buenz, Ben Woo Architects, Orlando Diaz-Azcuy Design Associates, Philpotts Interiors, and VITA Planning and Landscape Architecture Inc.
Heyer & Associates LLC is handling sales for Park Lane, which is 85 percent sold, with just 33 units left. About 60 percent of its buyers are from Hawaii, Brett MacNaughton, director of development and design for The MacNaughton Group, a developer of the project, told PBN.
There are also buyers from Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea.
Park Lane also has a collection of 675 trees installed throughout the property, including along a 1,000 foot-long “Park Lane” that lines the buildings. Besides the trees and shrubbery, the project will also include a collection of 350 art pieces scattered throughout the buildings that will be owned by the condo association. Park Lane’s general manager is Gerald Nakashima, who previously was resort manager at Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club. Local artist Kelly Sueda leads the art program at Park Lane, which Pakkala said is one of the best of its kind in the state, and inspired by her father, Bert A. Kobayashi Sr., an art collector.