DeBartolo Cleared to Move Forward with Largest Shopping Center in Oahu

By Liviu Oltean, Associate Editor The Hawaiian Homes Commission (HHC) has recently reported that DeBartolo Development’s final environmental assessment (FEA) has no significant impact on the environment. Due to the approval of the FEA, DeBartolo is now eligible to enter the first [...]

The Hawaiian Homes Commission (HHC) has recently reported that DeBartolo Development’s final environmental assessment (FEA) has no significant impact on the environment.

Due to the approval of the FEA, DeBartolo is now eligible to enter the first phase of construction of its $400 million project. The mixed-use complex will be developed in East Kapolei on 67.7 acres leased from the HHC, and, upon completion, it will represent the third largest shopping center in Oahu.

“The commission’s vote on Dec. 12 on the Environmental Assessment allows Ka Makana Ali’I to move forward,” Homes Commission Chairman Albert Nahale’a said. “We are pleased that this project has met another crucial benchmark and that this much anticipated community shopping development will result in millions of dollars in revenue to finance homesteading opportunities for our beneficiaries.”

DeBartolo Development’s master plan features the development of a major department store; a family entertainment complex; retail stores; restaurants; two hotels catering to kama’aina (Hawaiian residents); low-rise office buildings; underground parking; and a commercial area with specialty markets and drug stores.

“With this (the approval of the FEA), Ka Makana Ali’I, is one step closer to becoming a reality for the West Oahu community,” said Edward Kobel, DeBartolo Development president and COO.

The construction phase will take place in two phases over the next four years, and it will generate about 21,000 construction jobs, with 7,000 additional jobs generated by the businesses that will relocate in the center. Phase I of the construction process targets about 19.72 acres, which encompass about 200,681 square feet of space. The second phase will start after the completion of the first one, and, during it, the company will develop about 1.145 million square feet.