Hokua Tower

Hokua Tower
Honolulu, HI

MK Management LLC
Kukulu Hale New Project Award | National Association of Industrial and Office Properties - Hawaii
Andrea Brizzi

Located on a downtown waterfront parcel, Hokua Tower includes 248 luxury residences with lanai-style balconies, 753 parking spaces, a 75,000-square-foot pool deck, a 6,000-square-foot fitness center, and 30,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. The 40-story tower was the first high-rise condominium to be built in the Kaka'ako district of Honolulu in more than 10 years, and the building sold out before construction was complete.

Hokua Tower's unique chevron shape takes full advantage of its prime waterfront location, maximizing the panoramic Makai and Mauka ocean views, while maintaining a slender proportion on the skyline. The tower's design draws inspiration from the island's vernacular and incorporates enduring state-of-the-art materials to create a luxurious "home in the sky." Double corners and lanais reduce the tower's volume, while creating unparalleled views for the end units facing Ewa and Diamond Head. The Tower gracefully meets the sky with wing-like canopies that protect and accentuate the Alii level. Each condominium layout is extended outward by projecting the floor slab beyond the glazed wall, seamlessly connecting the living space to the lanais, while creating a natural visor, minimizing solar heat gain and glare. The podium maximizes retail exposure along Ala Moana Boulevard and Queen Street. To impart a pedestrian scale, the facades are articulated with recessed openings, reveals, and projections, with a variety of access points for the residential and commercial elements.

The residential entry creates a sophisticated arrival that is grand in gesture, yet residential in scale and Hawaiian in appearance. An inviting canopy, laced underneath with ribbed wood, extends over the pedestrian walkway and drive aisle. Inside, the composition features honed travertine marble, limestone, onyx, lava rock, and rich woods to foster a distinctive, warm, and intimate residential environment.