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First Residents Moving into Kamehameha Schools’ Kakaako Development

By Adriana Pop, Associate Editor

Kamehameha Schools’ Six Eighty apartment project in Honolulu recently welcomed its first residents. The newly renovated building is located at 680 Ala Moana Blvd. in Kakaako and offers 54 loft-style units affordably priced for median-income workers. On the ground floor, the project also includes 8,600 square feet of commercial space.

Designed by Architects Hawaii, Six Eighty offers 42 studios and 12 one-bedroom units. The apartments are equipped with stainless steel appliances and feature designer touches like vinyl whitewashed floors, open-concept floor plans and 12-foot ceilings. Amenities include laundry facilities on each floor, two recreational rooms – a game room and a media room – and a recreational deck with barbecue and lounge areas. Rents range from $1,100 to $1,400 per month.

Six Eighty is the first major construction project of Kamehameha’s 15-year master-planned development in Kakaako. The developer plans to build a total of 2,750 residential units in a diverse community that will include a mixture of housing types, from street-level urban townhomes to work-live units and high-rise condominiums.

In regional news, a joint venture between an affiliate of Hyatt Hotels Corp. and an affiliate of Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. plans to develop and operate a 131-unit Hyatt Residence Club resort on Maui. The $40 million Hyatt Kaanapali Beach time-share project will also include a 6,500-square-foot open-air lobby with ocean views, a pool with a pool bar and a multi-level deck, a 3,000-square-foot fitness center, an owners’ lounge, a retail store and a 75-seat casual dining restaurant.

“Kaanapali Beach is one of Hawaii’s most beautiful areas, and we believe that Hyatt Kaanapali Beach, a Hyatt Residence Club, will be a highly sought-after addition to the Hyatt Residence Club system,” said John Burlingame, global head of residential development for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts.

Upon completion in 2014, Maui’s Hyatt Kaanapali Beach will be the first Hyatt Residence Club property in Hawaii. The company’s 15 other Hyatt Residence Clubs are located throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

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